Hyaluronic acid: buzz-worthy or not?

15 Jan


The buzz

Hyaluronic acid came onto the skincare scene years ago and has been hailed as one of the most interesting ingredients in skincare. Recently, it’s made a huge comeback in Japan and Korea. Products with hyaluronic acid are everywhere and snatched up quickly. Consumers started seeking it so much that every beauty brand is churning out lines (some multiple lines) with this as the key ingredient, and some have even built whole brands around this ingredient.

What is this?

It’s a glycosaminoglycan (had to look this one up), polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissues. It’s one of the main components that structurally supports cells (see picture above).

We have this in our bodies naturally, the most concentrated in the eyes and joints, but it decreases over time and joints get creaky and skin starts to sag.

Hyaluronic acid can be injected into the skin, a key ingredient in a lot of fillers, or ingested (for arthritis), but let’s talk about the topical application of it…

What does it do when applied to the skin?

It forms a protective barrier on the skin and locks in moisture. The most interesting bit IMHO is that it can hold water weight up to 1000 times its weight, so it helps to “trap” in moisture. It’s also a “smart nutrient” so it adjusts its moisture adoption rate based on the humidity.

Basically, hyaluronic acid has been equated to MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE. Not a bad thing for these wintry, dry days. Gotta love beauty research.

In our books, this is a stellar ingredient.

Stay moisturized!


6 Responses to “Hyaluronic acid: buzz-worthy or not?”

  1. Donah D. Sweetjellybean January 16, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Thanks for sharing this! Looking at just the name, you wouldn’t really know that this is a stellar ingredient, it sounds scary! haha. I do love this in my skincare products. Most Korean products I have pretty much have this now and others, this is their main ingredient. I definitely need moisture this winter as my skin gets overly dry and flaky boooo – would love for you to recommend products/or brands with this ingredient in, that would be very good! xx Donah

    • Peach & Lily January 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      Hi Donah! I know, the name of the ingredient sounds scary rather than the wonderful ingredient that it is! We are huge fans of Mizon, a Korean brand that really focuses on functionality – they have really generous portions of key active ingredients in their products and have each product focus on doing one thing, and doing it well. They have a fantastic serum that is mostly hyaluronic acid that gets the job done wonderfully. We also love Hada Labo, a Japanese brand that sells like hotcakes for their focus on hyaluronic acid. These Asian products are hard to find in the US. We’re actually opening our doors (www.peachandlily.com) next week and we’ll soon be carrying Mizon’s hyaluronic acid serum so keep your eyes out for that! x Alicia

      • Donah D. Sweetjellybean January 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

        Thanks Alicia! That’s great! Oh, I’m a fan of Mizon products, too! In fact, their skincare line, especially the snail creams are one of the my first Korean brand products I started using – which I’ve reviewed on my blog. I do love their products and I normally get mine from their Ebay official site since Gmarket is way too expensive for me! I can’t wait for your site to launch! I must write something about this on my blog so I could share your products and services :-). Hada Labo is one brand I’ve yet to try, so thank you for the recommendation! Have a great day! xx Donah

      • Peach & Lily January 18, 2013 at 9:41 am #

        You’re welcome! Oh, I know, their snail line is incredible, isn’t it? We’ll be carrying that as well so definitely drop by! I’ll email you at your gmail address to give you a bit more info about our launch 🙂 Have a great day as well! x Alicia

  2. Donah D. Sweetjellybean January 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    That’s awesome Alicia! I’ll wait for your email. Yes, their snail cream line is incredible, definitely. But I’m a sucker for snail creams so I’ve been trying a few more Korean brands just to compare – so far I’m loving ElishaCoy, too!

    Can’t wait for your launch!

    (P.S my blog is currently in the process of switching over as self-hosted so in case you happen to wonder in the next 24 hours or so and it doesn’t look right, that would be the reason why 😉 )

    • Peach & Lily January 19, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      ElishaCoy is also great! Got it about the self-host switch! 🙂

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