Ingredient Focus: HySilk

Posted on January 09 2018

You may have noticed that many of our products contain Hyaluronic Acid. So what is it, and why is it good for your skin?
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It is capable of holding onto water and drawing it into the skin. One molecule is capable of holding 1000 times its weight in water.
The version that we use is called HySilk, it is of low molecular weight and has a very broad range of activity in the skin. Its ability to immobilize a large volume of water in its structures helps to restore proper natural moisturising factor (NMF) functioning in the epidermis. 
In vivo tests have demonstrated that HySilk is able to penetrate into the skin and increase hydration. Its basic mechanism of action is the improved barrier function of the stratum corneum. Its low molecular weight enables it to penetrate into the deep layers of the stratum corneum in just a matter of hours, where it operates on several levels. It has the capacity to protect phospholipids against peroxidation by UV radiation and free radicals.  These phospholipids are part of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF), the presence of which is essential for the proper barrier function of the skin.
Tests have also shown that HySilk has an ability to reduce sebum production and therefore the oiliness of skin.  

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