Hyaluronic acid has been a staple skincare ingredient for over two decades. And for very good reason. It has a proven effectiveness and a myriad of beauty benefits. It moisturizes, plumps, and smooths the skin — and protects it against premature aging. Let's delve into this exceptional active ingredient, a vital component of our skins... and of Anne Semonin’s skincare collection!
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar molecule. It is mainly found in the skin but also in the body’s connective tissue, between the collagen and elastin fibers, and in the eyes and joints, for example. This super molecule plays a crucial role in skin hydration. A veritable natural sponge, it can capture and retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid fills the intercellular spaces of the connective tissue, which helps to plump and firm the skin. Over time, the natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases, leading to a loss of hydration and, ultimately, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This process starts around the age of 25 and is, unfortunately, irreversible.
High molecular weight and low molecular weight, what’s the difference?
Hyaluronic acid for use in cosmetics was originally extracted from rooster comb. Today, it is obtained through chemical synthesis or bio-fermentation (bacterial fermentation) from wheat, corn, or soy. This versatile active ingredient can be of high, low, or medium molecular weight. Hyaluronic acid of high molecular weight acts on the surface of the epidermis. It slows down natural water evaporation and provides an immediate smoothing and plumping effect. Hyaluronic acid of low molecular weight can penetrate the skin due to the molecules’ small size, hydrating and plumping the skin deeply. And in between, there is hyaluronic acid of medium molecular weight. It has the ability to penetrate the first layers of the epidermis.
Did you know?Hyaluronic acid does even more for your skin than boost its moisture levels! The active ingredient contains antioxidants to prevent premature skin aging, stimulates cell regeneration, and reduces skin imperfections, such as acne marks, scar traces, etc. With its plentiful beauty benefits, it’s no wonder this active ingredient is frequently used in moisturizing and anti-aging skincare products.
The ultimate shopping list for glowy skin during the holidays
Hyaluronic acid is the star ingredient in this curated selection of Anne Semonin must-haves. Adopt these six essentials into your skincare routine for smoothed, plumped skin, not to mention a fresh-faced look and glowing complexion.
Botanical Toner: applied after Botanical Milk, this toner leaves your skin cleansed, toned, soothed, and deeply hydrated. It also softens the skin thanks to Chlorella extract.
Marine Emulsion: this miracle product is formulated with shea butter and algae extracts. It improves skin elasticity and hydrates, nourishes, regenerates, and protects the skin. Its lightweight texture effortlessly melts into the skin, providing instant hydration. It is suitable for all skin types, including oily skin.
Regenerating Night Mask: formulated with extracts of Lindera, Albizia, and black tea, the mask — Anne Semonin's latest innovation — combats the tell-tale signs of fatigue and neutralizes free radicals responsible for premature aging. In the morning, you'll wake to fresh, revitalized skin — ready to face a new day!
Firming & Lifting Serum with pure gold 24k: This jewel of a serum contains three types of gold: white, yellow, and rose. It moisturizes and plumps the skin and has potent anti-aging benefits. The serum's gold extracts brighten the complexion and boost skin radiance.
Precious Pearl Ice Cubes: infused with flower extracts, pearl, and silk protein, this cryo-serum enriched with vitamin B3 revitalizes the complexion and boosts skin radiance. Apply the cube to the face after it's been in the freezer for a while.
Miracle Eye Contour Anti-Wrinkle Cream: bid farewell to wrinkles, fine lines, under-eye bags, and dark circles with this potent formula. It is enriched with anti-aging active ingredients and works wonders on the eye contour. The cream is also suitable for the lip contour.