What does hyaluronic acid do?
Hyaluronic Acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a carbohydrate molecule found throughout the body and skin. It has a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules and can retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of the skin. This is what makes it such a brilliant natural humectant when used within skincare.
Hyaluronic acid for wrinkles and anti-ageing
While hyaluronic acid is present throughout the body, it is highly concentrated within the skin tissue, notably in the surface layers where it attracts water. This allows it to act like a scaffold for essential proteins such as collagen and elastin which naturally deplete with age.
So why do we need to add it to our skin if its already produced by the body? Put simply, hyaluronic acid is a molecule with a short life cycle, so 30-50% of it degrades every 24 hours. We also see a natural decline in our natural hyaluronic acid levels as we age. This starts to decrease in our 20s, accelerating further as we reach our 40s. These two factors combined can contribute to signs of ageing including dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, loss of firmness, and the appearance of loss of facial fullness. Adding hyaluronic acid topically with a serum can help to address these issues by topping up the natural hyaluronic acid that we have lost.
SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier
H.A Intensifier by SkinCeuticals is a powerful corrective serum that helps amplify the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and texture. It’s formulated with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, proxylane and botanical extracts of purple rice and licorice root, and is proven to restore plumpness, elasticity and firmness in the skin.
This serum effectively delivers surface hydration to the skin, whilst improving the appearance of crow’s feet area, nasolabial folds and marionette lines for a more refined complexion. Apply 4-6 drops to the palm of your hand and dab it onto the forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. It is also clinically proven to be well tolerated under the eyes and lips – two main areas prone to natural hyaluronic acid loss.
The key ingredients within H.A Intensifier
Proxylane: known to help support skin’s Hyaluronic Acid function
Dipotassium glycyrrhizate and purple rice extract: dipotassium glycyrrhizate is the principal component of liquorice root while p urple rice originates in China
Hyaluronic Acid: this formula features a combination of full molecular weight, fragmented and encapsulated hyaluronic acid. It also helps to deliver hydration to the skin’s surface.
What our expert says about SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier
Linda Blahr is a former cosmetic scientist and the National Education and Medical Relations Manager at SkinCeuticals UKI. Based in London, Linda now manages the SkinCeuticals training team, ensuring skincare professionals nationwide understand the brand and the best products to recommend to their patients.
“When used in skincare, the goal of this active is to work on the superficial layers of the skin where moisture is lacking,” says Linda of H.A Intensifier. “It protects it against dehydration and will also help to smooth over fine lines and give an immediate plumping effect.”
“SkinCeuticals’ H.A. Intensifier is an amplifying serum that increases the level of natural hyaluronic acid in skin by up to 30% to improve the skin’s volume and hydration,” Linda continues. “It works with a unique and innovative complex of purple rice and liquorice extract, Proxylane and hyaluronic acid”.
H. A. Intensifier is clinically proven to significantly improve the appearance of skin plumpness and texture while increasing hyaluronic acid levels in the skin by up to 30%*. It also improves the appearance of crow’s feet leaving the skin hydrated and smooth”.
* 4-week study on 12 subjects, HA Elisa Method. Percentage reported is an average result