Hyaluronic Acid skin care
Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body and can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. It is also known as hyaluronan, hyaluronate or HA. It has many jobs within the body. It helps hold moisture, regulate tissue repair, increase the skin's suppleness and resilience as well as regulating inflammatory and immune responses and the growth of new cells.
It is one of the main ingredients in the matrix of the skin which provides skin structure and cushioning and holds moisture. It acts as a support layer to collagen and elastin fibers
Hyaluronic Acid allows the cells of the skin to retain moisture and provides volume, form and lift. When it is applied to the skin it can "plump it up" because it increases the ability of the individual cells to absorb and hold moisture. The decrease in Hyaluronic Acid as we age can contribute to the skin becoming less supple, thinner and more prone to wrinkling
Why HA in topical skin care?
The enzyme that is responsible for the production of HA is a phosphoprotein called hyaluronan synthase. When many cells, like fibroblasts in the skin, produce large amounts of HA they eventually become suspended in a gel or matrix of hyaluronic acid called the cell matrix.
One of the characteristics of this cell matrix is its ability to bind to water molecules, and it is this ability of HA that makes it important for skin tone and hydration.
As we get older, the production of hyaluronic acid decreases due to decreased production of HA. A naturally occurring enzyme present in the skin called hyaluronidase breaks down HA, this causes the skin to dehydrate and lose its "plumpness" promoting the formation of wrinkles. Other factors responsible for skin aging like exposure to UV radiation and environmental pollutants speed up the loss of HA from the cell matrix resulting in wrinkles.
MEDIK8 Hydr8 B5 Serum
||Adds glow to the skin, evens out skin tone, protects against free-radicals, stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, alleviates skin inflammation, post-acne blemishes, anti-redness, strengthens and hydrates
Skeyndor Eternal Serum
||Spherical Hyaluronic Acid
||Improves the speed of skin renewal and increase skin vitality
What about using the product in dermal fillers?
The question now remains, are there products on the market, other than the
dermal fillers, that can replace the lost hyaluronic acid.
One might think we can simply add some filler to a skin cream and let it absorb to reduce wrinkles, but it is not that easy.
The problem is product comes in two forms, the linear
or straight chain molecule and the reticulated or
so-called cross-linked molecule. Dermal Fillers are
composed of the later and are more resistant to the
action. This increased resistance to enzymatic breakdown is the reason that injectable fillers last for six to eighteen months.
However, being a more complex molecule they are not easily absorbed by the skin and hence not a good option as an ingredient for a skin cream.
Another problem with trying to use cross-linked
products is that it is irritating to the skin if applied topically
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 has been designed to improve moisture levels within the skin. It contains skin-softening vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and moisture-enhancing hyaluronic acid to nourish your skin and provide 24 hours of constant hydration.
- Pantothenic Acid, also known as vitamin B5, effectively enhances the skin’s moisture-retention capacity as well as promoting skin rejuvenation and wound healing. Pantothenic Acid is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and an anti-itching active, helping to soothe stressed irritated skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid helps to restore critical moisture to dehydrated skin, increase skin’s suppleness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 absorbs immediately, leaving skin feeling silky smooth.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Benefits:
- Light-weight and non-greasy gel formulation to effectively hydrate, relieve and restore moisture balance in both dry and oily skin types
- Rebalancing skin's moisture levels
- Maintaining hydration for up to 24 hours
- Incredible skin after-feel
- Improved skin texture, suppleness and luminosity
- Capacity to work synergistically with vitamin C
(CE-Tetra or C-Tetra) in the repair of sun-damaged
- Assists in fighting acne-associated infections
by helping to build up antibodies
- Shows a unique ability to enhance the
penetrating potential of the active ingredients from
the follow-up products.
- Improves the skins resistance to stress as well
as protects the skin from environmental damage.
Directions to use Hydra8 B5:
Can be used day and/or night to soften and smooth the skin or for optimal renewal and protection of the skin. Excellent buffer (if applied under a moisturizer). Once applied, absorbers very quickly into the skin. So, do not mistake it for not applying enough product.
After cleansing, apply 3-4 drops on palms of your hands and blend evenly across the whole facial area, neck and decollete. Alternatively, place a drop on your finger and massage into the skin, repeating until the skin is covered.
Apply your hydrator as usual after every application, or use as a standalone hydration product for people with oily or problem skin.
Medik8 Hydra8 B5 Ingredients:
Aqua, Pantothenic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid.