Hyaluronic Acid is a clear sugary substance that is produced by the body naturally and is a part of the skin’s protective barrier. The skin contains 50% of the hyaluronic acid present in the human body, it also helps to retain collagen and provide elasticity and flexibility.
But not all hyaluronic acid molecules are created equal. In fact, there are different forms and sizes. Different molecular weights penetrate to different levels of the skin. Molecules with lower molecular weight can reach the deeper layers of skin. There, they sustain the skin's moisture content. Those with high molecular weights remain closer to the surface, where they can deliver the most visible results with a shorter lifespan.
Which molecular weight is right for you?
Hyaluronate acid is a large molecular weight form of hyaluronic acid, which acts like a sponge that helps skin retain water, making it plump and minimizing wrinkle depth. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. So it is quite nurturing and soothing. Though hyaluronic acid can attract and retain moisture, it doesn’t necessarily keep that moisture from evaporating over time. That’s why it’s important to maximize the benefits by adding an occlusive or emollient ingredient into your routine, like a face oil. It seals in the moisture drawn into skin by the hyaluronic acid, and the two work together to ensure skin is both hydrated and stays that way.
Sodium hyaluronate is a small molecular weight form of hyaluronic acid called “super HA” that adheres to the skin surface even after washing, for long-lasting moisture and supple skin barrier protection. This smaller molecule weight enables greater penetration and hydration at deeper levels that plump skin, and support collagen.
A COMBINATION OF BOTH WEIGHTS