HYALURONIC ACID, A BOOST OF HYDRATION FOR ALL AGES
Everything you've ever wanted to know about Hyaluronic Acid:
- HYALURONIC ACID, AN INTENSE MOISTURISER
- HYALURONIC ACID LEVELS DROP WITH AGE
- HYALURONIC ACID - HOW TO KEEP YOUR INTERNAL FOUTAIN OF YOUTH!
- 5 SUPERFOODS TO BOOST YOUR SKIN'S HYALURONIC ACID LEVELS
- HYDRATION, THE SECRET TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN
Hyaluronic acid, it’s not just for injections to fill in wrinkles! This “miracle molecule” is also a fantastic moisturiser that works well on both younger and more mature skin.
HYALURONIC ACID, AN INTENSE MOISTURISER
Hyaluronic acid is a natural agent found in the epidermis layer of the skin. It plays a vital role in preserving the skin’s tone and elasticity, but also maintaining this famous hydration: it’s the main reason why younger skin is naturally plump, full and smooth. As time ticks on, starting in your twenties, its presence in the body gradually decreases, notably because of the free radicals (sunlight, pollution …) that we’re exposed to. Beauty products are definitely on the right track by introducing hyaluronic acid as one of their properties, since, thanks to its unique structure, it can hold on to water molecules, helping to hydrate the skin. It works a bit like a sponge, soaking up to 1000 times its weight in water! As it’s neither fatty nor occlusive, it is also a great alternative for problematic younger skin that needs hydration but without the side-effect of spots.
Hyaluronic acid is, therefore, great for facial moisturising and is perfect for any dehydrated or lacklustre skin that wants to get ready to take on winter.
HYALURONIC ACID LEVELS DROP WITH AGE
Essential for both the quality of our skin and its bounce, hyaluronic acid is a precious element found in our bodies in a lower quantity as we get older. Time for an explanation.
This is the lifecycle of the hyaluronic acid that is found naturally in our body:
Hyaluronic acid is present in large quantities at the embryonic stage. This is why babies have such plump looking skin. However, from the moment we’re born, this level gradually decreases as its cycle becomes unbalanced due to environmental aggressors.
Our thirties are a pivotal period for our skin. The loss of hyaluronic acid is especially noticeable in the epidermis layer. It’s this layer, in fact, which is directly “bombarded” by oxidative stress, UV rays and pollution while the amount of hyaluronic acid naturally decreases. Our skin loses is natural ability to maintain a good level of hydration, and signs of tiredness are all the more visible. The ideal situation: use skincare with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid every day for hydration that has a high affinity with your skin. Also use an eye cream which will help plump up the skin and replenish the supply of hyaluronic acid in the areas where it is most prone to being affected: under the eyes – where the first wrinkles tend to form – and around the tear trough. Our beauty tip: put a relatively thick layer under the eye area like a thin and imperceptible mask and leave it there for a few minutes so that the hyaluronic acid can really sink in and recharge your skin.
This is the age when wrinkles set in permanently. The levels of hyaluronic acid continue to plummet both qualitatively and quantitatively. The skin becomes less voluminous and starts to wrinkle as the cells slow down their activity levels. Their environment deteriorates and, as they become less rich in hyaluronic acid, the cells struggle to communicate with each other and don’t repair as well as before the damage caused by external aggressors. The solution to fiercely combat any loss of volume is this: use facial skincare with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid that can reach the layer of living cells. In the morning, double your routine up: use a serum first then a volumising face cream to plump up your cheeks, fill the wrinkles, reduce the tear trough and restore a youthful appearance. Our beauty secret: apply your skincare on freshly cleansed skin. Your skin will benefit even more from skincare that absorbs quicker when applied on skin that’s already wet.
Even though the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases dramatically with age, it’s during this period above all others that the cells undergo a complete upheaval: the menopause. And the impact on our skin is extremely noticeable: it loses volume and the lines deepen, not only on our faces but also our neck and décolletage. This is why it’s so important to compensate for any loss of hyaluronic acid by applying serums, day creams and night creams which are packed full of this ingredient, and as often as possible. In the morning or the evening, after removing every trace of make-up and cleansing, massage the skin lightly with your thumb and index finger to make it more receptive. Then apply a rather thick layer of a hyaluronic acid-rich night cream, and leave it to rest for a few minutes, like you would a mask, and rub the remaining cream in without forgetting your neck and décolletage.
HYALURONIC ACID - HOW TO KEEP YOUR INTERNAL FOUTAIN OF YOUTH!
Hyaluronic acid is gold dust for skin, a precious ingredient we need to conserve. Here are 3 beauty tips for boosting your hyaluronic acid levels.
Our skin continually produces hyaluronic acid, but over time our levels decrease. At quite a remarkable rate - 30% of the hyaluronic acid present in our system is lost every day, with our production levels slowing down as we get older. So even though we continue to produce hyaluronic acid, our stocks become depleted - something we need to keep in check. Here are three beauty tips to keep this elixir of youth alive and kicking:
# Limit exposure to the sun: UV rays cause oxidative stress, which in turn damages our hyaluronic acid. So it's important to protect our skin from the sun by applying an SPF-packed sunscreen after our usual day cream. This is especially true if you're planning to sunbathe or laze outdoors.
# Apply hyaluronic acid-rich treatments: a good day and night cream will gorge your skin with hyaluronic acid. Formulae that contain low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, such as micrometric hyaluronic acid, are able to quickly penetrate the epidermis, without us having to resort to fillers or injections. This additional dose of hyaluronic acid compensates for the loss or damage caused to our body's natural stock by internal or external oxidative stress (UV rays, pollution). It means that the hyaluronic acid naturally present in the deeper layers of our epidermis is better preserved.
# We are what we eat: certain foods combat oxidative stress responsable for the depletion of hyaluronic acid. Pile your plate with health-boosting, antioxidant foods: vitamin C-rich fruits and veg alongside spices such as turmeric (go on, treat yourself to a curry!), cinnamon and parsley. Turkey contains hyaluronic acid and boosts its production, but don't go overboard unless you fancy a bout of indigestion!
5 SUPERFOODS TO BOOST YOUR SKIN'S HYALURONIC ACID LEVELS
From the age of 20, our skin gradually produces less hyaluronic acid. So it's important to eat foods that naturally contain it, if you want to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Here are the best ones to put on your shopping list!
Turmeric, saffron and herbs including parsley and coriander help our skin to produce hyaluronic acid, whilst also boosting our immune system. What's more, their delicious flavours mean we can cut back on salt, which is known to cause water retention and hypertension. Not a bad idea, eh?
Rich in vitamin C, kiwis also have a high hyaluronic acid content. Kiwis for breakfast will give you energy and hydrate your body - perfect if you're watching your waistline!
A lean, white meat, turkey is great for dieters or those of us trying to reduce our cholesterol levels. Even better, it boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production. It helps our bodies to heal and reinforces our cutaneous tissues. Good reasons to eat it on regular basis. Although try not to go overboard at Christmas!
Whether eaten raw, grilled or stir-fried, red, green and yellow peppers are bursting with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, K and hyaluronic acid. Being packed with antioxidants, they protect our skin from free radicals responsible for cell ageing. A healthy, colourful addition to your plate!
#5 Cod liver oil
Nowadays, we don't need to swig it from a bottle - supplements are easy to find! It tastes foul but contains very high levels of hyaluronic acid and vitamin A - two active ingredients that slow down skin ageing by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping cell renewal. Cod liver oil well deserves its place on the superfood podium!
HYDRATION, THE SECRET TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN
We cannot stress it enough: hydration is ess-en-tial if you want to have beautiful skin! Water is so important for the epidermis and to keep your skin glowing and smooth with good elasticity. When you moisturise, you are helping the skin’s cells to regenerate as well as restoring its hydrolipidic balance. As the skin’s protective barrier starts to weaken, it loses even more water and starts to become dehydrated: it feels tight, itchy, is rougher and looks a lot more drab. Often what we think are small wrinkles are actually dehydration lines, which can creep in whatever your age: even in younger skin, a lack of water can affect the particularly delicate skin around the eye, causing it to crease. So, if you really want to slow down the onset of wrinkles, you need to start paying serious attention to moisturising your skin from as early as your 20s.