Hyaluronic acid, a naturally produced carbohydrate found in the body is responsible for lubricating bones and joints, maintaining healthy eyes, and plumping and firming the skin.
Over 50% of the bodies' hyaluronic acid is found in the layers of the skin, extending from the visible epidermal layers down to the deep dermal layers. Since hyaluronic acid is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, it is especially effective in retaining moisture in the skin, leaving it smooth, supple and elastic. Although it is collagen that gives the skin it's firmness, it is hyaluronic acid that nourishes and hydrates the collagen fibers and bonds water to tissues. Not enough hyaluronic acid will cause the fibers to weaken and a direct result is your skin begins to lose its suppleness.
As we age, the body naturally breaks down the hyaluronic acid because of the overproduction of the enzyme hyaluronidase. When this happens, the collagen fibers begin to weaken and the elasticity in the skin begins to wear.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid are useful in treating a variety of skin conditions such as healing burns and wounds, as well as the ingredient found in the highly popular injectables to instantly diminish fine lines and wrinkles and restore the skins elastic appearance.
The Truth About Topical Hyaluronic Acid
Many cosmetic companies have introduced hyaluronic acid into their facial products, especially moisturizers, promising to deliver similar results as injectables by using it topically.
Unfortunately, these claims have no empirical data to prove this is true. The molecular structure of hyaluronic acid is often times too large to be absorbed into the skin. This is because many of the sources of hyaluronic acid come from the byproducts of animals, such as rooster combs and chicken bones.
Luckily, Eminence has produced an a vegan hyaluronic acid that mimics the effects of conventional hyaluronic acid and is small enough in molecular structure to be easily absorbed into the skin by use of topical skin care products.
Derived from marshmallow root
, a plant extract, this alternative hyaluronic acid provides excellent plumping and firming of the skin without using animal tissues.
Eminence Organics and Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root contains high amounts of amino acids to boost protein in the skin
. It also has carbohydrates from mucilage substances that help smooth the skin. The contents of marshmallow root make it an effective skin care product for all skin types. The smoothing and protein boosting properties help dry, sensitive, chapped and sun-damaged skin for natural anti-aging benefits. The anti-inflammatory substances improve skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It relieves skin irritation caused by excessive dryness of the skin and is packed with moisturizing and nourishing properties. (Read more about marshmallow root in Sustainable Beauty: A Raw Approach to Organic Skin Care
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Products
The Strawberry Rhubarb line from Eminence Organics contains two products with this powerful skin firming ingredient, the Hyaluronic acid alternative.
The Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
, containing hyaluronic acid, hydrates and replenishes the skin while plumping and rejuvenating to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using this masque 1-2 times a week for 5-10 minutes will visibly restore the elasticity to the skin and repair the collagen fibers. Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum
should be used after the masque to enhance the results of the marshmallow root extract. This lightweight gel serum is perfect for all skin types, especially dehydrated since it is useful in binding water to the skin tissues.Users rave about the wonderful effects of the hyaluronic acid alternative on their skin and the lasting hydration. Not to mention the pleasant scents and aromas of fresh strawberry will make each application a sweet treat for your senses! Shop here