Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a compound that occurs naturally in every tissue of the body, with the highest concentrations occurring in tissues such as skin, cartilage and eyes. Providing protection to cell structures, HA is the natural gel between skin cells that serves as a water reservoir for the cells. As we age our bodies start to produce less and less hyaluronic acid, which decreases moisture in our skin significantly. Applying hyaluronic acid topically is beneficial because it penetrates through the dead layer of the skin (stratum corner) and diffuses deeper into the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is unique in that it has the ability to hold in 1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid, giving it the capability to hold a lot of moisture in the skin. HA is good for all skin types including oily and combination skin.
Topically, Hyaluronic Acid has water storing properties, making it an ideal swelling agent and lubricant, leading to a perceptible and visible improvement of skin condition. In use, it forms a thin transparent viscous elastic surface film that helps to preserve the characteristics of youthful and healthy skin: suppleness, elasticity and tone.
Our Hyaluronic Acid is considered to be food grade and has no extra fillers of any kind and has a super high molecular weight (1.0 - 1.5 Million Daltons).
Our Hyaluronic Acid is made by the bacterial fermentation of plant matter (generally using glucose derived from potatoes and beans). It is considered vegan.
Here are just some of the benefits to using this wonderful substance:
- Most powerful moisturizer and humectant available
- Acts like an “instant facelift”
- Keeps skin plump, soft and smooth
- Reduce signs of aging
- Increases hydration of skin
- Enhances suppleness and elasticity
- May prevent UV damage to skin
- Can reverse free radical damage to skin
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Ideal ingredient for after skin peels
- Promotes firm, radiant, even-toned skin
Formulation: 2 gram of Hyaluronic Acid Powder will make 100 grams (3.53 ounces) of a 2% solution.
Directions: Typically used at 0.1-2%. Hyaluronic acid is not readily soluble in water as it binds water very quickly forming a gel. Hyaluronic acid needs to be carefully sprinkled into the water under constant high-speed stirring (preferably with a hand mixer or vortex mixer). The mixture starts then thickening quickly and becomes a gel. At the point no additional hyaluronic acid can be added as there is no water left for hyaluronic acid to be dissolved in (additional hyaluronic acid would only form lumps).
How to make a 2% Hyaluronic Acid concentration:
Step 1: Add 98.8g / 3.55oz of distilled water to a disinfected glass beaker.
Step 2: Sprinkle 2g / 0.07oz HA into the water. Mix well using a stick blender.
Step 3: The solution becomes very thick.
Step 4: Keep mixing until there are no visible lumps.
Step 5: If you want to keep this mixture, as a stock solution, add a preservative.
Hyaluronic Acid has established itself as a leading ingredient in the cosmetic industry. Because of its tremendous capacity to hold water, adding this active to your creams, lotions, gels or serums will help keep skin moist. Also, hyaluronidase in the skin will break this active down and the sugars released will be used to make new Hyaluronic Acid in our dermis. A truly great active ingredient!
Keep Hyaluronic Acid in its sealed container, in a cool dry place, until ready to use. Once formulated into a gel, keep refrigerated.
INTERNAL (Oral) USE:
Hyaluronic acid is a Dietary Supplement used for joint, connective tissue and skin health. Hyaluronic acid orally can help with joint lubrication and decrease in pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. It works in nearly all cases of spinal degeneration. You should see significant improvement in a day. It is somewhat of a miracle as it allows the damaged cartilage to regenerate.
It is known that bone and joint inflammation causes a destructive change in the hyaluronic acid content of synovial fluid and this helps to replace it when taken orally. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring ingredient that our bodies produce and with increased aging the process decreases and our body stops producing it. Hyaluronic acid also assists with eye tissue and the visual system, the cardiovascular system and it promotes healthy skin texture.
Directions (as a suggestion only):
Use 3/4 tsp. of HA Powder per 2.5 cups H2O . Shake well then refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. It should now be fully dissolved. Drink 1/4 cup a day.