What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a fantastic natural skincare ingredient because it is a natural component of the skin. It is a water retaining molecule which is present not only in the skin but also in the hair, joints and eye. It serves multiple functions in the body including improving skin hydration, stimulating collagen production, fighting free radicals, maintaining skin elasticity and performing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial functions. As we age, our body begins to produce less and less of this miracle molecule and by the time we reach our mid-forties, it is estimated that our hyaluronic acid levels are halved.
How does it benefit the Skin?
Hyaluronic Acid is able to retain more moisture than any other biological substance, retaining over 1000 times its own weight in water. In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid is capable of holding as much as 6 litres of water. This means that it functions as an extraordinary moisturizer, making the skin softer, smoother and less susceptible to forming wrinkles.
The skin barrier can be damaged by a variety of factors including UV damage, acne and sensitive skin. This damage can be repaired by hyaluronic acid, providing the skin with a stronger defensive layer. The skin-identical nature of hyaluronic acid also means that it is appropriate for all skin types and can be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Fight Free Radicals
Free radicals are chemical particles that cause oxidation, destroying proteins in the skin and negatively effecting the appearance of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid provides antioxidant defense against free radical damage, preventing oxidation and premature ageing.
Why use Hyaluronic Acid?
The incredible capacity of Hyaluronic Acid to drastically increase moisture levels, improve the skin’s barrier and fight free radical damage makes it ideal for anti-ageing skincare products. Topical application has proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, plump the skin, promote younger looking skin and create a healthy skin barrier which in turn can address skin problems such as acne and skin sensitivity.
Try it yourself
At JIV.ELAN we use a hyaluronic acid widely throughout our range to deliver the amazing anti-ageing benefits of this natural ingredient. Here are just a few of our products which harness the power of hyaluronic acid.