“Acid!?” Stay calm… no it won’t melt your skin. In fact, our bodies already produce it naturally. Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, is an incredibly popular ingredient found in natural skincare due to its ability to hold over 1,000 times its weight in water. This makes this ingredient perfect for holding moisture under the skins surface, offering a “plumping” effect. Though our bodies do produce hyaluronan, we are lucky enough to be able to re-create it naturally. This ingredient is the result of a fermentation process where wheat, mixed with a specific type of bacteria is purified and then turned into a solid state which can easily be used in skincare products.
Hyaluronic acid has been shown to improve the skins production of collagen, help fight free radicals, improve skins hydration, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, maintain elasticity AND it has wound healing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties! Using hyaluronic acid helps to improve the skins texture and brighten the skins complexion over time. It offers instant moisture and gives long term benefits with regular use.
The perfect way to get this ingredient into your skins cells is to use it in topical form such as using a moisturiser, serum, eye cream or even a BB cream or tanning product. Just keep in mind that hyaluronic acid has a dynamic turnover rate which means that within just one day, our bodies break down and loose about a third of what we produce. This means that using a product which contains hyaluronic acid (or hyaluronan) on a daily basis is key. So if you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic alternative to getting plumper skin, what are the best products to use?
Hands down, La Mav’s Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum AND their Hyaluronan Moisture Crème are your absolute best to getting results. The Serum offers optimal hydration, promotes firmness and elasticity, softens the skin, helps prevent visible signs of ageing AND it also contains the CoEnzyme Q10. This is your golden ticket to plumper skin.
La Mav’s Hyaluronan Moisture Crème uses chamomile flower oil to calm the skin and reduce redness. It contains thistle extract which activates the skins natural ability to renew and repair. It also uses the essential fatty acids found in Moroccan Oil and Acai Oil to help support the skins protective lipid barrier offering long term hydration. It’s perfect for skin that’s prone to dryness, fine lines and that’s lacking overall luster.
If you’re looking for a “Bang for Buck” option (of which I’m always a fan) then Acure’s Cloud Cream is your go to. This little tube gives you a whole 50ml’s for just $32.95. Just keep in mind that La Mav’s founder has over 25 years in skincare research and development so you have to weigh that up when deciding which product you want. Like La Mav, this cream also uses chamomile flower oil to reduce red skin. It contains Argan Oil to hydrate and soften skin using vitamin E and fatty acids. Gardenia extract is used to help fight free radicals. St. John’s Wort contains antioxidants, it’s an anti-inflammatory and it can speed up wound healing and reduce scaring.
If you want a tan AND the benefits of hyaluronic acid then luckily La Mav and Eco Tan both make products containing this wonder ingredient.
For BB creams, eye creams and more moisturisers, night creams and brightening fluids containing hyaluronan, click here.