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Time Bomb Complexion Cocktails

Let me introduce this skin reviving liquid for tired, dehydrated and less than glowy skin. This unique water like fluid contains two types of Hylauronic Acid with either an energizing shot of B12 or the more detoxifying formula containing Chlorophyll. It’s super hydrating formula sinks in immediately and you can actually feel it “quenching” your skin, this also contains Sodium PCA which helps bind moisture into your skin and lock it in.

Reboot tired, dehydrated skin with a potent blend of active ingredients

I was hooked after the first application of this fluid that you pour into your hands and press/massage into your skin. Instantly plumping up the skin giving you a very smooth appearance with a healthy glow, not to mention dehydration fine lines just disappear. Another plus point is your moisturiser seems to work better as it has something to bind to.  This also has a beautiful natural botanical smell that is a pleasure to use.

Can be used on any skin type and age, so definitely one to add to your anti-ageing arsenal of products.

MesoAge Hyaluronic Treatment

I have just discovered this skin quenching gel by a Spanish brand called Institute BCN. This is a Hyaluronic Acid rich gel that absorbs instantly into your skin and plumps out dehydration lines giving your skin a little lift. I am a big fan of HA gels and this one is now my favourite, it […]

Hyaluronic Acid – The Elixir Of Life?

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid is an important ingredient in skincare products, and a favourite of mine. It is also known as HA or Sodium Hyaluronate on an ingredients list, and is part of what is know as our “Glycosaminogylcans (GAGs)”. HA is natures own moisturiser and makes up a proportion of the extracellular fluid in the Dermis. It helps keep the dermal tissues highly hydrated and is a gel-like substance in which the fibrous proteins of Collagen and Elastin are embedded – this keeps them supple and flexible and gives skin turgor and bounce.

HA is natural to the body, where it has a crucial role of lubricating us internally, mainly our skin and  joints where it acts as a shock absorber. It has a very clever ability to attract and bind moisture to itself (Humectant) – and can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water and is known as natures sponge.

Research has shown that HA can help with wound healing and can reduce scarring on the skin. It is unlike most topical compounds as it can penetrate the epidermis to a deeper level and hydrate skin tissue and plump out fine lines. It gives skin a smoother appearance and banishes fine dehydration lines, it really is a superior moisturising ingredient.

Bill Sardi – author of “How to live to 100 without growing old” writes – “HA is a revolutionary natural molecule that stops or even reverses ageing. HA is the modern day Fountain of Youth“, he goes on to say “HA helps to erase facial ageing, lines and wrinkles and can product wound healing without scarring”. (HA taken internally as a supplement)

HA is the main ingredient used in Restylane Filler (injections) – this is an FDA approved ingredient (animal & non animal), which testifies to its safety. The main source is rooster combs, but I am sure you will be glad to know the non-animal form comes from Soy-Beans, this is the type used in most topical products.

Our Hyaluronic Acid in our skin starts to diminish once we get to around 40 years old. This is what adds to an aged appearance as we lose some of the volume in the dermis. Topical products will not replace this, but HA is still an important hydrating ingredient that’s not to be sniffed at! It has shown that if our skin is dehydrated, then some enzyme functions do not happen. Even an oily skin can benefit from HA, and there are some wonderful hydrating products to choose from, here are my favourites that have high levels of HA in the ingredient list.
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster – This is a super saturated fluid that helps hydrate, smooth and miminize fine dehydration lines. This easily absorbed fluid restores moisture (without oil) and helps restore the skin’s barrier layer. This has good levels of HA and all skin types can use, either apply neat of mix into your moisturiser.
O2 Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Hydration Gel – This really is a favourite of mine. The whole Intraceuticals range is formulated with a patented form of HA and you can see the difference in your skin once applied. This is a concentrated, silky, moisture rich gel that counteracts skin dehydration, also has high levels of stable Vitamin C. A favourite with oily skin that is concerned with ageing, as you can use this on it’s own if most creams are too heavy.

Dermalogic
a Antioxidant Hydramist
– This is an amazing hydrating mist, packed with peptides, Vitamin C and White Tea, it really helps protect and hydrate the skin with high levels of HA. It is a refreshing spritz with the beautiful scent of Rose, you can use before moisturising or use during the day to counteract dehydrating atmospheres.

Taking HA internally in the form of a supplement has shown to have skin hydrating and plumping results, not to mention the benefits to your joints. Restoring HA plumps skin cells and restores moisture in all the tissues of the body – well worth it I think.

Viridian do excellent HA supplements as well as PURE-XP HA Elite. Jan Marini’s C-ESTAMINS also contain high levels of Hyaluronic Acid, alonside every vitamin and mineral you need for youthful skin and vitality.