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Ingredient in the Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

When it comes to ingredients in the beauty industry we’ve really been spoilt for choice, some of these ingredients have become global trends  and were quickly short-lived but Hyaluronic Acid (HA) on the other hand has stood the test of time and earned a permanent place in all of our skincare dictionaries. For good reason too, this naturally occurring humectant  with undeniable moisture-retaining properties can hold up to one thousand times its weight in water when applied topically and is second to none when it comes to quenching dehydrated skin.

Receiving the ultimate stamp of approval from beauty enthusiasts across the globe Hyaluronic Acid is essentially a carbohydrate molecule and a natural component of skin with an unrivalled ability to hydrate our skin and boost elasticity. External aggressors  such as sun damage can cause cells in the layers of the skin (dermis) to stop producing Hyaluron, which compromises the skin’s ability to repair itself and diminish its’ overall ‘firmness’.

However, not all Hyaluronic Acid skincare products are alike , some contain smaller molecules also known as lower molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid meaning being smaller they’re able to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin (dermis). It is also worth noting that although Hyaluronic Acid  is a natural component of skin, Hyaluronic Acid within skincare products in the beauty industry can be extracted from different sources: animal-derived, plant-derived, from bacteria or synthetically in a lab. With the health-conscious industry booming and Veganism on the rise , a vegan alternative available of Hyaluronic Acid  is derived from natural polysaccharides (large sugar molecules) that occur in various tissues.

As we age, our body produces less and less of the moisture-retaining substance that once kept our skin plump and supple, which is where our   here at AquaGem Skincare comes in to ensure you get your topical top-up. Enriched with vegan-friendly  Hyaluronic Acid our fast-absorbing moisturiser locks in moisture and offers immediate, long-term hydration while fighting irritation caused by dryness, preserving the elasticity and tightness of the skin whilst eliminating the look and feel of dry skin.

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