If you haven’t yet noticed, the team here at LaFlore® is comprised of some serious skincare science nerds, which is why we spend so much time researching and developing the best products with the coolest ingredients we can get our hands-on. One of those nifty little ingredients that we may or may not be a little obsessed with right now is Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan.
What it does, and why you need it!
Hyaluronic acid is a really hydrophilic molecule, which means it’s especially attracted to bond with water. Your body makes its own HA, almost half of it being found in the skin. It’s half-life being around one to three days, your body is constantly replenishing its stores to support skin elasticity.
The production of hyaluronic acid slows as we age, particularly in the epidermis, which leads to dehydration on the surface of the skin. With dehydration comes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Exposure to air pollution, the sun’s UV rays, and tobacco smoke can also decrease its amounts in the skin.
Our moisturizers provide a thin, yet effective barrier on the skin’s surface, locking moisture into the skin’s epidermal layer, leaving skin hydrated, supple and plump, reducing the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles. HA, when used topically, is also useful in soothing dermatitis and redness caused by irritation.
Get to know HA a little better…
Hyaluronic acid exists endogenously in all living things. Not only is it found naturally in skin, it’s also a component of connective tissue, and it works as a lubricant in the fluids of the eyes.
HA was originally sourced from the combs of roosters, and cow’s eyes for use in eye and joint surgery. The demand for ingredients not sourced from animals has changed all that, and now most commercial manufacture of HA is done using a bacterial fermentation process, which also allows for more pureness and consistency.
In addition to topical use, HA can be taken as a dietary supplement. Some dermatologists even inject hyaluronic acid fillers to keep skin looking firm and youthful
Why we’re into it:
Like some of the other ingredients in our products (see our blog on squalane), the chemical abilities of the hyaluronic acid molecule fascinates us. More importantly, it’s what also keeps your skin in fantastic, moisturized shape.
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