Hyaluronic Acid; it’s a highly-esteemed ingredient in the cosmetics industry. It’s mostly found in the holy grail of skincare products; moisturizers, creams, serums and toners. When applied correctly and consistently can do absolute wonders for the appearance of your skin. Real talk your skin is unpredictable at times; dealing with weather changes, stress-induced environments, dietary choices, and much more. You’ll need Hyaluronic Acid products that are designed for skin-proof situations, have anti-ageing perks, and contain beneficial all-natural ingredients your skin needs at all times.
But the struggle has always been to find the right combination of products without compromising their usefulness, and functionality or being overwhelmed with the number of underperforming options. Between over-priced products and chemical formulas that only scientists understand, the skincare industry has come a long way since then.
So What’s the Gold Star Standard for a Hyaluronic Acid Product?
In order to select high-quality products, we’ve got to discuss what it is, what it does and why it’s important to introduce it into your daily skincare routine. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as Hyaluronan (HA), is a natural humectant that “plays an important role in tissue hydration and water transport mainly due to its enormously high water-binding capacity.” (Smejkalova, Huerta-Angeles, Ehlova, Pharma, Dobrouc). Three advantages of HA over other widely used components such as glycerin are its moisturizing properties are not significantly influenced by humidity, its occlusive attributes create a protective barrier over our skin to prevent water loss and its biological component is produced within our bodies. (Smejkalova, Huerta-Angeles et al.)
As we age, our skin becomes drier, thinner, and looser, leading to wrinkling, among other significant changes. Skin ageing is also associated with a decrease in skin moisture. HA is naturally and constantly renewed because of its rapid degradation, but its renewal tends to slow with age and external aggressions. Therefore it is necessary to add it to your regular skincare routine to sustain optimal hyaluronic acid turnover, to prevent the signs of ageing. Other benefits aside from its powerful anti-ageing effects are
- decreasing skin fragility
- ameliorating skin atrophy,
- improving skin firmness, elasticity, and texture
- decreasing pore size,
- restoring skin brightness
- improving skin barrier function. (Smejkalova, Huerta-Angeles et al.)
The beauty of HA is its versatility to work well with other active ingredients, like botanical extracts, vitamins, probiotics, amino acids, peptides, proteins, antioxidants, etc., as you’re likely going to need complementing and compatible products to function together as a whole to give you long-lasting results.
What to look for in Hyaluronic Acid products?
One of the most important factors in a HA product, stating the obvious here, is whether it contains HA or its derivatives. Among the industry, products that contain HA represent only 5%, while more than 95% of the total products contain sodium hyaluronate (Naha) (Juncan, Moisă, Santini, Morgovan, Rus, Loredana, Loghin) With some actives, looking for a percentage of the ingredient in the product is key but with hyaluronic acid, a set percentage is not essential as it varies depending on the type of HA used in the product. Serums continue to be the most effective way to deliver active ingredients to the skin (MacCulloch), Viva’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum checks all the boxes of a gold star standard product.
Every shopper who's come across it has complimented it because of its unbelievable functionality. Most serums last less than an hour, while Viva’s Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum encourages your skin to retain its natural moisture from morning to night, leaving you with a beautiful complexion all day. It's composed of six ingredients which makes HA the star of the show; applying only two droplets three months daily to see noticeable changes. Its lack of GMO, artificial fragrances, parabens, sulfates, colourants and gluten makes it an ideal product for all skin types and conditions.
Viva’s “West meets East” unique formula blends together Oriental and Western ingredients to create well-balanced products that result in maximized effects. Some examples include DMAE, CQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid fused with Ginseng, Matcha Green Tea and Dong Quai. With that, all ingredients are sustainably sourced from local farmers and international small businesses around the globe from South Korea, Switzerland, and Japan, just to name a few.
Combined with their intensive research and scientific technology, creates a difficult skincare line duplicated by other companies in the industry. Their filter spin system, in simple terms, processes water, and breaks it down to its water molecule size, resulting in a distinguishable hydrating texture in comparison to oil-based skincare products. These smaller water molecules penetrate deeper into your epidermis, providing hydration, replenishing ingredients and regenerating collagen production to slow down the signs of aging.