An amazing ingredient I've been wanting to work with.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that has the primary function of retaining moisture. It's found throughout the body, especially within the skin, eyes, and connective tissue where it helps maintain water content and lubrication. As skin ages, and is exposed to damaging factors such as UV from the sun, the amount of this molecule gradually decreases. Applying it topically can replenish moisture to the upper layers of delicate skin to help counteract dryness, redness, and fine lines.
Don't worry, it's not sourced from any bodies. Although animal derived hyaluronic acid is a thing, vegan hyaluronic acid is too! Naturally occurring plant based hyaluronic acid is fermented to yield a molecular weight that is ideal for skin absorption. This is the type I went with. Hyaluronic acid molecules can attract up to 1,000 times their own weight in water, which is why they're so effective at hydrating skin and retaining that moisture throughout the day. Since this is a natural substance your cells recognize, it's super gentle and excellent for daily use even on sensitive skin.
I set out to make the most of this awesome ingredient by creating a new hydrating facial serum. Some of my favorite elements for the face immediately came to mind. Rosewater, cooling cucumber, and soothing calendula all just had to be included. An extra botanical boost from aloe vera, and a dash of DL-Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5) for maximum absorption, and a powerhouse of soothing moisture was created. The end result is a super hydrating, water based serum that smells lightly of roses and fresh cucumber. Applying this feels so refreshing and makes skin feel super smooth.