What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (abbreviated as HA) is going to be your new secret weapon to getting youthful, hydrated skin. I know what you’re thinking, “Acid? Do I really want to be putting something so harsh on my skin?” Well, well, well, do I have news for you, not only is this acid already created naturally in your body (more on that later) but it is perfect for all skin types, even oily, and acne-prone.
HA is a powerful ingredient that allows your skin to feel toned, plump, and hydrated. This naturally occurring acid can hold extreme amounts of moisture, approximately 1.5 gallons of water in just 1 gram. Another way of saying that is HA can hold around 1,000 times its weight in water (picture yourself carrying all of your groceries from your car in one trip.) We are talking about some serious muscle!
This acid is created naturally in your body (in a lot higher concentrations when we are younger) and is the reason why younger skin looks so dewy and moisturized. HA can be found in the fluids in the eye, as well as connective tissues throughout your body, and the dermis of your skin. As we age the amount of HA in our skin naturally decreases, which can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness. BUT there is something we can do about it, instead of being envious of that 19-year-old dewy glow, find an HA Serum to keep your skin hydrated and youthful.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review – Is It Right For My Skin?
This acid is the perfect complement to all skin types… from oily to acne-prone, to dry and everything in between. There is a common misconception that if you have oily skin that moisturizing will make it worse which is FALSE.
Every skin type needs a moisturizer, especially if you are using potent products like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to combat acne/blemishes. Using these products without properly moisturizing can dry you out causing your skin to overproduce oil making your oily skin worse. So utilizing a Hyaluronic acid for acne problems is a great option.
What about dry skin types? If your skin feels like the Sahara desert, think of Hyaluronic acid as an oasis for your face. In the winter months, it is easy for your skin to become overly dry and tight. This is where hyaluronic acid comes into play, its natural hydrating properties encourage an influx of intense moisture to keep your skin feeling hydrated, and a hell of a lot more comfortable. You know how good drinking that glass of water feels after a long night out, well HA is basically a giant pitcher of water for your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid For Your Skin Vs. Hyaluronic Acid Injection
We have covered what Hyaluronic acid is, and how it can be beneficial to your skin type, but now how do you know what kind of HA is right for you? Not all Hyaluronic Acids are created equal, and an HA serum is no exception.
A Hyaluronic Acid Injection (AKA facial fillers) has become increasingly popular. The procedure is to inject small amounts of HA into your skin/wrinkles to decrease their appearance. Unfortunately, fillers can be very expensive and only temporary, and even have unsightly consequences. Which is why we recommend a safer topical version, Hyaluronic acid serum for your skin.
To figure out which serum is right for you we have to talk about Sodium Hyaluronate, which is a water-soluble salt form of Hyaluronic Acid, (basically the cool older sister.) Without giving you too many flashback nightmares to high school chemistry, we keep ingredients in a salt form to keep them more stable, effective, and less likely to break down and oxidize.
Many skincare companies use Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate interchangeably, however, when looking for the right HA serum there is an IMPORTANT difference. Find a serum that explicitly states Sodium Hyaluronate as an ingredient. The molecules of sodium hyaluronate are much smaller, and in skincare the smaller the molecule means the better your product will penetrate your skin.
The DermaBoss Cell Hydrating Serum Vs. Standard Hyaluronic Acid Serum From Walmart
DermaBoss offers a Cell Hydrating Serum priced at a reasonable $32 is chock-full of Hyaluronic Acid at an affordable price point. This serum is pumped full of Hyaluronic acid, and more specifically Sodium Hyaluronate. All of the skincare products from DermaBoss are All natural, vegan, and free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrances, harsh alcohols, and cruelty. SO not only are you getting an amazing HA serum you are getting one that leaves out all of the harmful chemicals, that other skincare companies use to cut corners and save a cheap buck.
Enter Walmart…this company has everything from dog food to lawnmowers, but should you be trusting them with your skincare routine? The short answer is no. We are not saying that every skincare product they carry is bad, but the sheer volume of their selection becomes overwhelming. A majority of the products they promote have sulfates, harsh alcohols, parabens and are NOT cruelty-free. That is why we are so proud of our Cell Hydrating Serum.
Not only does the Cell Hydrating Serum have HA in it, but we also reinforce its potency with Ferulic acid and Hydrolyzed Rice Protein. Ferulic acid is full of antioxidants that help to heal damaged cracked skin and reduce signs of aging, smoothing out wrinkles. The Hydrolyzed rice protein rejuvenates and conditions your skin with a high concentration of amino acids, essentially creating a forcefield of hydration. Locking in and maximizing the other ingredients reducing dry flaky skin while regulating the overproduction of oils, reducing clogged pores and blemishes.
To get the most bang for your buck layer this serum on top of our Vitamin C serum to create a formidable one-two punch!