How To Correctly Use Hyaluronic Acid On Your Skin! The Do's & Don'ts!
In the world of skincare we love Hyaluronic Acid!!!
It makes our skin Bouncy & Beautiful!
Firm & Young!
Hydrated & smooth!
Plump & Radiant!
And we don’t want to go without it in our skincare routine...
All those things mentioned helps reduce the visibility and presence of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic Acid is therefore an amazing anti-ageing wonder. And we don’t want to go without it!
Super Powers of Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
- It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!
- It draws in moisture to the skin!
- Plumps skin making it fuller and firmer improving skins appearance and the hydration adds radiance and shine.
If it does all this, why do we not plaster HA on our face and entire body all day long?
This is because HA has a daily limit to our skin. Too much HA topically would be damaging and reverse its wonderful affects and cause skin to dry out.
Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body, but unfortunately like everything else its presence decreases as we age.
The average size human body consists of approximately 15 grams of HA.
Feeding more HA into the body can help hydrate and lube skin, cells and joints.
We can get HA from food sources such as:
Hyaluronic Acid can be found in almost every cell in the body.
Everyday 20 billion cells in our body die off and are replaced with new cells.
So, we need to continually and repeatedly replenish and nourish those new cells that are growing and developing every single day!
Almost 50% of the body’s HA is found in skin tissue. This is in both the deep dermal layers and top layers. Remember as we age our HA levels are declining.
Feeding our skin HA topically is hugely beneficial. Your anti-ageing daily skincare routine should absolutely definitely include HA. If your skincare routine goals are for anti-ageing, then HA is a major player.
Feeding HA from the inside with foods is certainly beneficial and imperative. As we now know that approximately 50% of HA is going to our skin. We need to keep supplies up for HA to be beneficial to help with other things like eye and joint health.
And as you also now know, HA is like a very thirsty plant and needs watering. We have just shone a spot light on one of the many good reasons why you should be sure to keep well hydrated and keep up the approximate 8 glasses of water a day as a rule of thumb.
Remember… Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture in!
There are different strength levels (or molecular weights) of HA. The different strengths (weights) can depend on how far into the skin layers HA can get.
Some HA molecule weights are larger than others. The larger HA molecules sit on top of the skin, while smaller molecules can penetrate deeper into dermis layers.
So, where does HA draw moisture from?
This is something most beauty brands especially the big ones don’t tell us. And why would they? They don’t want to bother us with this information.
They know we just want them to do the homework and put a product in a bottle for us to use and hopefully works!
But, here at deLadonica we believe you should be made aware of the best and safest way to use any ingredient or product.
We also believe that knowing this type of information will be something of interest to you.
Once you know more about the product you are putting into your skin, you may want to make some alterations. You may want to put more on, or less, or change a product all together to make it work better for you.
After all, this is what it’s all about… anti-ageing and caring for our skin.
This next part explains how it can get a bit tricky using HA!
But we are here to help you work it out and make it simple!
Nobody wants a hectic routine!
Not too many brands will tell you this information, but the information is out there on the big World Wide Web!
These are some questions you may want to ask yourself.
Also keep in mind a company or skincare brand doesn’t know what your other skincare products are.
So, here are the questions:
How moisturising are the products your using now? Are they great, ordinary or poor. Perhaps you’re not sure?Are you using more than one
product that contains HA?
How many times a day are you using these products?
Remember… HA draws moisture in!
HA is looking for moisture to pull in, like a slow yet strong magnet.
If there is no moisture, this results in HA searching deeper within the skin layers to pull moisture from. If it can’t find any, then the skin dries out.
This causes HA to have the reverse effect and then becomes damaging and drying to the skin, instead of hydrating and providing that beautiful bouncy plumpness and giving that radiant glow.
The company selling you HA also does not know much water you drink.
Are you staying hydrated or not?
What climate are you working in, air con or the hot sun?
Are you in a dry humidity area?
Are you sweating all your moisture out of your body?
How many times today have you applied your HA skincare products?
How much did you put on?
Did you pump out 3 or 4 squirts or just 1 as per the directions on the bottle?
Sometimes more than you wanted squirts from the applicator. If you are at your daily limit, you would want to be sure you are hydrating your skin inside and out.
All these things can factor in to whether HA is going to work for or against you.
It would not be unusual that a person reads the wonderful good things about HA and wants the magic to happen, so they dump large amounts several times a day onto their skin, unaware of these important facts and in turn ends up with dried out skin and wrinkles. All the hard work and effort failed.
There is a safe daily limit how much HA we can use on our skin.
deLadonica’s Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel is safe to use up to five times a day.
We created it this way for a couple of reasons.
Firstly to allow room for you to use it more than twice a day.
Many people like to give themselves a refreshing top up of their skincare products during the day or night.
Secondly we wanted to allow room in case you are using more than one product in your daily skincare routine that also contains HA.
When using HA you need to think of your skin as a very thirsty plant that needs watering and attention!
What should you do when applying HA? Don’t worry, this is simple!
Applying HA: Hot Tip!
HA should be applied to damp skin with wet fingers! Tap a little water into the skin along with the HA product!
If at any point you have completed your skincare routine that contains HA and you soon after feel a slight dry or tacky feeling, simply wet your fingers and tap some moisture into the skin. Simple.
Another Hot Tip:
Even hours after your skincare routine, even with make-up on, tap a little water on your face and feed the thirsty plant! Give the HA in your skin something to absorb and pull in, so it can plump and radiate you!
This practice will give HA a platform to work with.
This is watering your thirsty plant.
The other products in our daily skincare routine from the cleanser through to the toner to the serums and creams should have hydrating properties and ingredients. These will help water the thirsty plant.
Remember HA is pulling moisture in from its surroundings.
All deLadonica products contain ingredients that provide intense hydration!
Is HA getting into deeper layers of the skin or the upper layers?
There are smaller and larger HA molecule types.
Both smaller and larger HA molecules are beneficial to the skin.
While the smaller molecule types can penetrate deeper into the skin layers better for more intense hydration and plumping.
The larger molecules can sit on the upper layers giving more visible results, but with a shorter life span. Regular top ups are a good way to go as long as you do not exceed the daily limit.
You can use deLadonica HA Eye Gel up to 5 times a day! As long as this is the only product you are using that contains HA.
Currently, deLadonica has only one product on the market containing HA!
If we ever bring another product into our collections then you would need to alter that number ‘5’!
It is most likely when you purchase your HA product you will not know what size molecules the HA is in your new product.
Either way, HA will pull moisture from all or any direction, from outside the skin or deeper layers within the skin. So to be safe water the thirsty plant!!
Some science explains that HA is bound to collagen on one side of a cell and links on to water molecules on the other, this contributes to the plumping effect.
Researchers have learned that HA belongs to the extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules of the skin.
The ECM are vital and important layers in between these skin layers. They are important to the functions of everything that consists in these skin structures. For example how the cells take to each other. How they communicate during the life of the cell. When to die off to allow fresh new cells enter and exist. They are made up of fibres, and protein and glycoprotein and collagen and so on.
The diagram below shows the skin layers from the top the epidermis, the dermis and hydro dermis. And the ECM layers in between.
Some HA Trivia
High levels of HA increases protection from free radical damage, hydration, arthritis, joint lube, inflammation and some eye disorders and more.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) was first used commercially in 1942 as an egg white substitute in bakery products.
A somewhat large 30% of protein is made up of collagen.
We hope you have enjoyed receiving this information and that you will benefit from the points and tips given to you.
If you have any questions or queries about HA or about skincare please contact us we would love to hear from you and are happy to help!
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