HYALURONIC ACID or SODIUM HYALURONATE: WHICH IS WHICH?

You might have heard the term Hyaluronic Acid when searching for a product to help you achieve your best skin ever. And while it may be a mouthful of a word for some people, we (ladies and gents who really get into the skincare game) know that this ingredient is a miracle worker.

Smooth, dewy, plump skin, anyone?

It may have confused you sometimes when upon looking at the front of the bottle you read Hyaluronic Acid (HA), and after flipping it, poof, it was just not there. Instead, you read Sodium Hyaluronate. 

You must have thought, “Really? What’s happening”?

Well, I’m here to tell you that they’re one and the same.

But first, let me explain what HA really is all about. 

 

HYALURONIC ACID or SODIUM HYALURONATE: WHICH IS WHICH?
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THE MVP OF SKINCARE: HYALURONIC ACID

We all know that HA is a must-have beauty component. Heck, almost every skincare product I’ve read out there boasts of having HA. 

But really, what does it do?

HA can naturally be found in the body and is responsible for helping cushion your joints when doing high-impact activities such as jogging so that you won’t feel any type of pain. It is widely abundant in the eyes and skin as well where it helps maintain lubrication and tissue hydration.

HA can also be chemically synthesized and used as injectables such as in lip fillers.

And as a beloved beauty ingredient, skin care products promising the best results of supple, smoother, younger-looking skin all boast of having HA as one of their major components.

Now, when you take the time to look at your favorite beauty products and really read the front and back packaging, you’ll notice that while HA is written on the front, it is nowhere to be found when you turn the product around. Instead, you’ll be getting another mouthful of a word. And that is Sodium Hyaluronate.


WHAT THEN, IS SODIUM HYALURONATE?

HA can be processed into two forms: 

  • Hydrolyzed HA - chemically synthesized with water
  • Sodium Hyaluronate - the salt form of HA

And while the hydrolyzed ones are the ones commonly used in lip fillers, our Sodium Hyaluronate here works better in cosmetic formulation as the sodium salt component of HA is more stable and penetrates the deeper layer of the skin. This gives you the glow from within.

But since nothing is perfect, our usage of HA or even Sodium Hyaluronate should be regulated and used in consideration of the environment around us.

 

KNOW THE TEMPERATURE AROUND YOU

Have you ever ridden a plane and applied moisturizer beforehand, only to find out later that your skin was drier than before? Or that winter last year, when your skin was so dry you applied HA to salvage it only to see that just made it drier?

You see, while HA can indeed lock in moisture and make our skin supple, it can also be our skin’s greatest enemy when there is no fluid in the environment around where it can pull the moisture from. 

This is because HA works to attract the moisture from the air around you to make your skin hydrated. And if there is no moisture to be attracted around you, it will work against the skin and attract the moisture it needs from your skin's deeper layers. 

This results in the drier skin you see when you’re in a place with no humidity or extremely cold temperature. 

 

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The solution? Use your moisturizer or HA products after showering and apply it while the skin is still damp. Or, you can use it before your favorite moisturizer. This ensures that the moisture is locked in and you get the best value for your money.

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