Behind this very "scientific" name is a natural molecule with incredible benefits for the skin. But where does hyaluronic acid come from? What are its skin benefits exactly? Why should you give preference to natural forms? And how can you incorporate it into your daily (and not just beauty) routine? Read on, and we'll tell you all!
Hyaluronic acid was first discovered in New York, in 1934, by two scientists (Karl Meyer and John Palmer), who succeeded in isolating it from the vitreous body of a cow's eye. (In case you didn't know, the vitreous body is the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina.)
More extensive research showed that hyaluronic acid was a naturally occurring substance found in large amounts in the human body, and particularly in the dermis – the intermediate skin layer between the epidermis and hypodermis.
This gel-like fluid acts as an intercellular cement, filling the gaps between skin cells and binding them together, to give the skin a smooth appearance. Hyaluronic acid boasts numerous beneficial properties. It holds in moisture, helps to maintain tissue cohesion, protects against environmental aggressors, and is essential for smooth, plumped, elastic skin.
The human body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, but unfortunately, as we get older, its production capacity decreases. By the time we reach the age of 50, our hyaluronic acid levels have decreased by up to 50%, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. To help counteract this loss, the right skincare routine is essential, but there are other things you can do too!
While synthetic (and less expensive) forms of hyaluronic acid do exist, we chose to use nothing but plant-derived hyaluronic acid in our formulas. It's obtained through the biofermentation of corn with a lactic bacterium, and no chemical solvents are used. This means we can ensure a high level of purity and quality.
Our "medium" molecular weight hyaluronic acid is multi-functional: it delivers moisture directly to cells, prevents the evaporation of water, and stimulates your skin's own production of hyaluronic acid by "mirroring" it. Thanks to its volumizing effect, it softens the appearance of fine lines and helps to plump the skin.
Because hyaluronic acid helps to delay the appearance of wrinkles and plump the skin, it is frequently used in "anti-aging" skincare – although at Absolution, we prefer to use the term "pro-aging," as it's much more positive! You'll often find this ingredient in hydrating and revitalizing skincare products too. Why? Because when your skin is well hydrated, it reflects the light better, so it looks more radiant and full of vitality.
If you want to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your routine, we have a few suggestions!
Several Absolution products contain hyaluronic acid: La Crème du Jour, La Crème de L’Homme, La Crème du Soir, La Crème Réparatrice Regard, Le Soin Regard, La Poudre(light and medium shades), Le Booster LIFT, Le Soin du Corps, and our most recent arrival, Le Masque Anti-Soif Hydratant!
You already know how important it is to hydrate your body. Ideally, you should be drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of water daily, in addition to herbal teas and/or water-rich foods. But you can also complement that water by taking a hyaluronic acid supplement. You could start by taking supplements for 3 months twice a year as a preventative measure. Then, once you reach the age of 40, a daily supplement could be very beneficial!
To care for your skin inside and out, we joined forces with D-LAB Nutricosmetics – a French dietary supplements brand that we love! Many members of the Absolution team have already been using D-LAB's supplements for a few years (their products for the hair work really well!), so it made perfect sense for us to partner with them and offer you a special hydration bundle!
H2 The Hydrating Duo Absolution x D-LAB
The Hydrating Duo Absolution x D-LAB lets you look after your skin from the inside and out to help it stay fully hydrated. This duo contains:
-The certified-organic Le Masque Anti-Soif Hydratant – our new moisture-boosting face mask
Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Seaweed and Astragalus (an adaptogenic plant), this mask helps to restore comfort, increases moisture levels by up to 111% (based on laboratory test results after 1 hour), plumps fine lines, and smoothes the skin surface.
-D-LAB's Pure Hyaluronic : a 28-day course of hyaluronic acid capsules
Absolutely natural and vegan, these capsules contain the complete spectrum of hyaluronic acids. Obtained by biofermentation, they work together in synergy to meet your skin's needs.
The effectiveness of D-LAB's Pure Hyaluronic supplement has been clinically tested, and its absorption in the intestine has been scientifically proven. All the hyaluronic acids go on to penetrate skin tissue to:
-stimulate the body's own production of hyaluronic acid and increase hyaluronic acid levels in the blood after 7 days, with an increase of up to 40.3% after 28 days;
-reduce the volume and depth of wrinkles by an average of 17.6% and 18.8% respectively;
-improve skin elasticity (average 3.8%) and hydration (average 10.6%).