Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid

radiant skinAs someone who is prone to dehydration, one of my fav beauty ingredients is hyaluronic acid.  Many a-client of mine have come to me looking for the heaviest cream they can find to treat their concerns of dehydration and aging.  While emollient creams and oils will help seal in moisture and prevent water from over-evaporating from our skin, it does not actually replenish that water.  What we need is something that will increase water-content in our skin tissue, which is where hyaluronic acid (HA) comes in.

Brightening Hyaluronic Lotion - Holistic VanityDon’t be put off by the word “acid” – there is nothing peeling or drying about this natural cosmeceutical – in fact, HA has been said to be able to retain up to 1000 its own weight in water.  With this, it is an anti-oxidant that helps stimulate collagen synthesis and promotes cell reproduction.  This is why I featured it in the Holistic Vanity Brightening Hyaluronic Lotion from our Damage Care Line (with a 15% HA in the formulation).  Damaged skin needs rejuvenation through better hydration and heals best (and most quickly) in moisture-rich environments.  This is why HA has been used to treat skin burns, wounds as well as ulcers.

hyaluronic acid in skinHyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our own connective tissue, but HA levels decrease as we age.  Luckily there are some dietary things we can do to support HA in our bodies.  First, Zinc deficiency has been linked to low Hyaluronic Acid, so eating Zinc-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, brown rice and other whole grains can help.  Also, Magnesium is needed in HA synthesis making boning up on our Magnesium an excellent start to maintaining HA levels.  Lastly, estrogen and Hyaluronic Acid increase and decrease in relation to each other.  This is why its important to examine hormonal balance in holistic beauty but also is why soy, edamame etc. has been found to be beneficial for HA levels.  Though, eating a ton of soy isn’t for everyone (including me – I can’t digest too much of it) – and when in doubt, I suggest getting a healthy dose of it in your skincare regime 🙂

4 responses to “Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid

  1. Em

    Hi Kristen,

    I have been using the collagen elastin plus for a few years, however, I have recently had to discontinue using any products with sodium benzoate. I have already purchased the Brightening Hyaluronic Lotion above and am really enjoying it. Do you feel it’s a suitable replacement? I also noticed you have the Extra Care Hyaluronic Lupine Protein Serum – is this more concentrated?
    thanks so much!

  2. Kristen

    Em, the brightening lotion can be a replacement but I do think the holistic vanity hyaluronic and lupine protein serum is more similar to the collagen elastin. It penetrates more deeply and is more of a treatment. I have had fantastic feedback on this serum and many of the staff are using it for themselves and they can use anything in-spa!

  3. Carol

    Would you use both the collagen elastic plus and the Hyaluronic acid? Or is it one or the other? If both can be used what would the order be to apply them?

    • kristen

      You can use the collagen elastin under the hyaluronic lotion. The collagen elastin also contains hyaluronic acid itself too!

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