Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Oh my gosh I am so excited that our serum is FINALLY in stock! It's been a journey but it had to be perfect and perfect it is! So let me break down what changes we've made, what amazing ingredients we've used, why I am so in love with this new formula and why you need it in your routine.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Our bodies naturally create hyaluronic acid, keeping everything plump and smooth, as we get older our skin produces less hyaluronic acid and this one of the reasons why our skin can lose volume.
Hyaluronic acid is an amazing skincare ingredient because it can hold up to 1000x it's own weight in water, it's a humectant which means it holds and binds that water in our skin, so using hyaluronic acid regularly can help to support our skin's structure by plumping out the skin.
I like to use the analogy of a grape, a nice fresh grape is plump and smooth but as it gets older, it wrinkles a little, it's dryer, it's no longer plump, this is what happens to our skin. When you apply hyaluronic acid it instantly hydrates the skin, causing it to become smoother and plumper, results of course vary depending on your age, lifestyle and how much volume you've lost.
Is Hyaluronic Acid an exfoliator?
It's called an acid because in it's natural form hyaluronic acid has a lower PH, so hyaluronic acid serums are not exfoliators like the chemical peels we supply.
What is multidimensional hyaluronic acid?
Now without getting too scientific there are different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, the smaller the weight, the deeper it can travel in the skin. Our previous formula had a low weight, so that it would work deeper within our skin to help bind that water which in turn helps to plump up the skin. A larger molecular weight means that it works within the top layers of the skin, instantly adding hydration and plumpness and reducing water loss. This serum has 5 different molecular weights, low, medium and high, so it's going to work in different areas of the skin, plumping and hydrating in these different layers, making it work much harder than serum with one molecular weight.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract
I knew I wanted liquorice root because it's such an amazing product to help with discolouration, but not all extracts are created equally. The extract we use can be found in some pretty high end products and we've used the higher scale of the recommended amount, not just a tiny bit so that we can say it's in the formula.
A Glycyrrhiza flavon is only found in the root of Glycyrrhiza Glabra, which is traditionally known to help lighten discolouration. Studies show this extract can inhibit the production of melanin, whilst providing de-pigmentation.
I thought this was a perfect addition to this serum as so many of our customers use this after using our chemical peels, whether you're using our Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid to help with age related issues, or Salicylic Acid for breakouts, the addition of the liquorice extract means it can help with any discolouration or blemishes left behind from breakouts, while hydrating and plumping the skin.
Aloe Vera Powder
One of my favourite ingredients and why it's in almost all of our products. It’s soothing and hydrating and so it’s a perfect addition to a hydrating serum. Aloe vera powder is created by dehydrating the plant, drying it and then grounding it in to a powder, using a powder means we can use a high quantity and keep the cost low, while retaining the amazing properties of this plant. When choosing natural ingredients we always ensure we choose a company that shares our values, this product does not contain any traces of pesticides and is ethically sourced.
Another great humectant which is going to help reduce water loss within the skin, perfect for applying after the chemical peels because exfoliating can dehydrate the skin a little.
Just like out previous formula the serum is oil free, nothing wrong with oil in products of course but I wanted to keep this serum thin and light. The Cellulose Gum, Algin is the thickener used, this helps to give the serum it's beautiful texture which prevents it from being sticky and from pilling (going flaky or blobby) when used under moisturiser, it works beautifully under make-up too.
Suitable for all skin types?
Yes, from dry to oily, this serum to leaves your skin feeling hydrated, plumped and can support the reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have sensitive skin, perform a patch test first.
Can hyaluronic acid be used on spotty skin?
Yes! Products designed for blemishes can be drying and even oily skin can become dehydrated, you may have enough oil in your skin but a lack of water can cause the skin to become tight and dry, this serum can increase the hydration in the skin and the inclusion of liquorice root can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes, this isn't just for anti-ageing.
Again just like our previous formula we've kept this fragrance free, but this does have more of an aroma, this is from the gorgeous Aloe Vera powder, it's still quite neutral and definitely not overpowering, just a natural fragrance, nothing added.
We now have this product in a glass bottle with a pipette top, this means you can easily control just how much product you need, it ensures nothing is wasted.
How often should it to be used?
Ideally twice a day, apply after cleansing to damp skin, leave to dry and follow with a moisturiser to seal in that hydration.
When can I expect to see results?
You can expect skin hydration and reduced water loss within an hour of application. To help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration, this will take a few months before you start to see results.
Can I use Hyaluronic Acid after using acids?
Yes, we've designed this product specifically to be used after using exfoliators such as AHA's and BHA's and in fact, using this serum after your acids will increase it's efficacy because by exfoliating and removing any dead skin, your serum will be able to penetrate the skin a lot better. The serum will also replace any water lost from exfoliating, it's the perfect companion to your chemical peels!
How do I layer with other products?
The general rule is thinnest first but there are some actives such as retinol/tretinoin that need to be applied directly to clean, dry skin so always go by instructions. When using with a moisturiser or facial oil, apply your hyaluronic acid serum first.
Can it be used with actives such as Vitamin C and Retinol?
There shouldn't be a problem but you may want to patch test just to be sure. As above, apply your active first and then apply your hyaluronic acid.
Cruelty Free and Vegan Friendly Hyaluronic Acid
As always, none of our products or the raw materials have been tested on animals and this product is free from animal derived ingredients.