Why synthetic Hyaluronic Acid is drying out your skin
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is not just about moisture for your skin but the foundation of your connective tissue.
HA holds everything together and is one of the main elements for keeping your body and skin youthful. Like collagen, as you age, your body naturally produces less of it, resulting in the breaking down of the structure of your skin. By boosting the levels of HA in your skin helps to restore and maintain its structure.
There are several ways to boost your natural levels of HA. The most effective and best place to start is a whole food, plant predominant diet, clean water, and ideally, structured water. I know, you’ve heard it a million times! It all begins with a healthy lifestyle for long term skin health.
When looking at topically applying HA to your skin, nothing beats the substances and mechanisms that exist naturally in your own body. Health and vitality already exist in your cells, they just need to be given the right environment to flourish. There is nothing better for supporting your cells than the substances found in nature.
Cassia Angustifolia, the hero ingredient in our botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Cellular Hydration which naturally increases and supports your skin’s HA. To understand what makes Cellular Hydration so unique and effective for hydrating your skin and helping to repair its structure, you first need to understand why synthetic (any ingredient not extracted from a botanical or mineral source) HA over time does the opposite, drying out your skin.
There is no doubt that topical synthetic HA can give you short term results. This is because it draws all the moisture to the top layer of your skin making it appear plump. However, that moisture doesn’t get locked in and eventually evaporates, resulting in more dehydrated skin over time as more and more moisture is pulled to the surface only to disappear.
What’s worse is that in low humidity conditions, synthetic HA leaves your skin even dryer and accelerates transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and just when you need moisture in your skin the most.
Cellular Hydration is a 100% botanical HA which mimics your bodies natural native HA and, unlike synthetic HA, adjusts its water retention based on the humidity of the air, so your skin won't dry out or appear too wet.
This deeply moisturising serum works with your biology to keep your skin in balance, allowing your body to regulate the correct amount of moisture rather than simply drawing all the moisture it can find to the surface to only have it evaporate. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid has an improved ability to penetrate the skin to act from within, like natural HA. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid also has the unique capability of making up for that lost, naturally occurring HA in our own skin since it mimics the same polysaccharides.
Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide has been clinically proven to be a more potent hydrator than synthetic HA over 24 hours.
The below graph shows the results of synthetic HA vs. Cassia Augustifolia in hydrating the stratum corneum. Cassia Augustifolia gave far superior long term moisturisation than sodium hyaluronate (synthetic HA). As you can see from the graph, synthetic HA can decrease your skin's moisture over 24 hours.
Because Cellular Hydration is derived from a botanical means it multidirectional. Not only addressing moisture loss but also has powerful antimicrobial properties, making it the ultimate skin nutrition for stressed skin. Stress is a well-known factor that increases the dullness and dryness of skin. Increased levels of stress and cortisol cause the skin to become dehydrated, accelerate TEWL and prematurely age it by making fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced. Cassia Augustifolia actively helps suppress cutaneous cortisol, significantly enhancing skin complexion, and combats dullness all while hydrating your skin.
As you can see from the below study, Cassia Angustifolia significantly outperformed synthetic HA for overall improved skin complexion.
We source our Cassia Angustifolia from a single farm in India and have it extracted here in Australia with the same revolutionary cold liquid extraction process as Clean Collagen, so the compete plant matrix is kept intact and remain active for the entirety of their shelf life.