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As a conscious consumer, you take the time to read the ingredient list on the food label before purchasing. You strive to choose products that are good for you and good for the environment. And you probably pay attention to the products you put sure your body as well as what you put on in he.
While reading the label of your daily skincare products, you will come across a number of complex ingredients. While some of them may seem unnatural, some of them are actually ingredients produced in your own body - hyaluronic acid is one of them. Before you worry about the chemical-sounding name or get put off by the word "acid", take the time to educate yourself about this ultra-hydrating ingredient commonly found in skin care products.
Here's everything you need to know about hyaluronic acid and its benefits for your skin.
What is hyaluronic acid and how does it work?
While the name might sound a little creepy, hyaluronic acid holds the key to hydration. Sometimes listed on skin care labels as simply "HA", hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the human body. In its natural form, hyaluronan or hyaluronic acid is a clear, gooey substance found in the highest concentration in the skin, eyes, and connective tissue.
The main function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water in order to keep tissues moist and well lubricated so that they can move freely. Hyaluronic acid works by binding with water, improving overall hydration. It also plays a role in regulate inflammation and can help wounds heal faster by signaling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area. Because hyaluronic acid is a substance produced in the body, it rarely causes allergic reactions.
The 9 main benefits of hyaluronic acid for the skin
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water. In fact, HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. By increasing hydration and improving the skin's ability to retain moisture, hyaluronic acid offers a variety of benefits based on molecular weight. Heavyweight HA delivers immediate hydration to the skin's surface while low weight HA penetrates deeper into the epidermis and dermis for longer lasting hydration.
Here are the main skin benefits of this moisturizing ingredient:
- By providing increased hydration, it can create a plumping effect to make the skin appear fuller
- It can help smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- With its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can help wounds heal faster
- It has antioxidant properties which can act as a shield against free radicals harmful to the skin
- By improving hydration, it can counter the effects of reduced elastin production for firmer skin
- It helps fortify and protect the skin's natural barrier which traps moisture and keeps toxins out
- By improving hydration and strengthening the skin barrier, it promotes skin cell regeneration.
- When combined with other ingredients like vitamin C, it can help reduce pigmentation problems
- It can help improve skin clarity and balance oil production in stripped and dehydrated skin
All skin types can benefit from a little extra hydration, but skin type plays a role in determining the best way to use hyaluronic acid. The best way to maximize the hydrating potential of HA is to add water. Oily skin may benefit more from topical hyaluronic acid used alone, while dry skin may not have the hydration that HA products need to do their job. In many cases, applying the product to damp skin and covering it with a moisturizer works well.
Recommended Yon-Ka products containing hyaluronic acid
By harnessing the power of natural ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Yon-Ka Paris delivers scientifically proven results for all skin types. Yon-Ka obtains its HA through the bio-fermentation of bacteria and our different products use hyaluronic acid with different molecular weights. What makes Yon-Ka products made with HA truly unique, however, is their patented microsphere filling technology.
Yon-Ka Paris products from the Excellent Code and Time Resist ranges are made with low weight hyaluronic acid loaded konjac root filling microspheres. This allows the microspheres to fill in deep fine lines and wrinkles, plumping the skin while hyaluronic acid is slowly released for long lasting hydration all day long.
Here are some of the best Yon-Ka products made with hyaluronic acid:
- Hydra Serum N ° 1 - Provide intense, long-lasting hydration with this moisturizing serum containing a double dose of low weight hyaluronic acid. This creamy and refreshing gel penetrates quickly and penetrates deep into the skin for rapid relief from dehydration. Apply Hydra No. 1 fluid or cream over the serum.
- Hydra Cream n ° 1 - The ultimate solution for dry and dehydrated skin, this rich cream contains two forms of hyaluronic acid. Not only does it improve hydration, but it prevents additional water loss while leaving the skin plumped and smooth.
- Hydra Fluid N ° 1 - This lightweight mattifying moisturizer contains light and heavy hyaluronic acid to balance skin tone, plump skin and provide sustained-release hydration.
- Advanced Optimization Serum - This tightening serum firms and lifts the skin by building collagen. The fluid penetrates quickly and works best when combined with the complementary cream below - apply in the morning or evening to face and neck.
- Advanced optimization cream - This restructuring cream and the complementary serum contain heavy hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin. This rich cream helps retain collagen and contains added moisturizing ingredients like marine collagen and milk peptides.
- Alpha outline - Made with heavy hyaluronic acid and a revitalizing blend of fruit acids, this contour gel softens the delicate area around the lips and eyes to renew and refresh the skin to reduce visible signs of aging.
When buying skin care products, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients. It can be easy to shop by skin type for the right cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer, but knowing how these products work for your skin is always helpful. Yon-Ka Paris has over 65 years of experience in the skincare industry and their products provide scientifically proven results.
To see the benefits of hyaluronic acid for your own skin, try any of the products above or stop by local partner spa Yon-Ka for a professional facial treatment with Yon-Ka Paris moisturizers.
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We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tons of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic givre or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry femme mûre skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alfa hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin professionnel we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, oui, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. to fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
tera fight épidémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily uv exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.