As 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.
Don’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 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 🙂