A few months ago, I introduced you to one of my favorite skincare ingredients: hyaluronic acid (HA). I wanted to be sure you knew about HA during the winter because it's such a great tool for keeping skin hydrated during harsh, cold weather. But that doesn't mean HA isn't great to use year-round. In fact, it's so effective that I've made sure it's included in the Système 41 Day Crème, the Night Treatment, the Moisturizing Hand and Body Crème, and the Eye Serum. I'd like to share with you a bit more about what this powerhouse can do.
HA is a key player in your skin's moisture levels because it helps your skin cells retain water. In fact, HA can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Every square inch of your skin holds 19 million cells – that's a lot of thirsty cells! HA is essential in getting those cells the moisture they need. Cells that are dried out lose their elasticity and youthful appearance. They look dull and may even form wrinkles, making us look older.
Skin aging is actually the result of two different processes. First is external aging, which happens as a result of damage from pollution, the sun, etc. Then there's internal aging, which involves hormonal changes and decreased production of collagen, skin cells, and, you guessed it, diminished HA.
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When we're young, our bodies produce HA pretty effectively. But as we age, that production drops. And external aging can also contribute to the breakdown of HA, causing a double whammy for skin aging. That's part of why our skin begins to lose its youthful glow. Fortunately, studies have shown that applying HA topically can help make up for this natural and environmental loss.
Since HA is a natural substance, it's paraben free, non-GMO, and safe. Nourishing your skin with HA both morning and night will increase its ability to hold moisture and ultimately increase the volume of your skin cells, helping to reverse that dry, droopy, flaccid appearance your skin can take on as you age.
HA does break down very quickly in the skin, so it's important to reapply regularly. This is why I felt it was important to include it in both our day and our night treatments. If you are a low maintenance woman consider one product – the Night Treatment. If you do nothing else, the Night Treatment will remoisturize your skin as you sleep. Consistently applying HA helps you create softer, more resilient, youthful-looking skin. And that's something we all want, no matter what season of the year or of life we find ourselves in. You'll get plenty of HA if you're using the Système 41 Skin Care Kit.
To your health, naturally,