Hyaluronic Acid - Ingredient of the Month
What is it?
Hyaluronic Acid, also known as hyaluronan, occurs naturally throughout the human body. It is a carbohydrate, and binds itself to water, making its consistency similar to a gel. Its function is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate the movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Due to its consistency and being compatible with our tissue, it is highly beneficial in skin-care products, especially as a moisturiser.
How can Hyaluronic Acid help my skin?
Our skin starts to lose its hyaluronic acid when we reach our 20s, however damage and age lines caused by hyaluronic acid loss, don’t generally show up until we reach our late 30s or early 40s. Preserving and regaining our hyaluronic acid (HA), will help to keep skin supple and youthful-looking. Almost half of our body’s HA is found in the collagen within our skin. It helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within skin cells, which naturally moisturises and is the only biological substance which can retain this amount of water, smoothing, softening and decreasing wrinkles in the skin.
As hyaluronic acid holds moisture so well, it is used in many results-driven moisturisers. Not only will it deliver water to the skin, deeply hydrating it, but it will also help to keep it there for a lasting effect. The molecules which make up HA are quite large, which means it will not permeate deep into the skin. Instead, it will stay near to the surface of the skin, where it will moisturise the skin surface layers.
Apart from providing moisture, HA also provides cushioning for the skin. Aiding in tissue repair, it holds together the skin structural components which are collagen and elastin. This helps to create a protective barrier and strengthens the skin against harmful micro- organisms.
The loss of natural hyaluronic acid is one of the causes of wrinkles. Putting the HA back into the skin will repair the damage and minimise wrinkles; this can be done using moisturisers containing HA.
Specific Areas which Benefit from Hyaluronic Acid
The lips are covered by skin tissue which covers a core of skeletal muscle. Hyaluronic acid and collagen, give structure (shape) and plumpness to the dermal layer of the lips which is composed primarily of connective tissue. The HA will bind to the water creating a gelatinous fluid which hydrates the surrounding tissue of the lips, keeping the collagen nourished and healthy. Lips will be plump, well hydrated, healthy, and are protected from the environment.
The fluid inside the eye is called the vitreous humor and is composed almost completely of hyaluronic acid. The fluid therefore will have the consistency of a gel and acts as a shock absorber for the eye; it also serves to transport nutrients inside. HA is also used as a wrinkle filler for lines around the eyes, especially for the common complaint of crow's feet.
Which Pevonia products contain Hyaluronic Acid?
Renewing Glycocides Cream
Hyaluronic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin E and Chamomile, enable this highly smoothing formula to reduce the appearance of fine lines, leaving skin rejuvenated, hydrated and soft. The hyaluronic acid moisturises, while the glycolic acid works to loosen the dead cells' bond, preventing epidermal thickening and promoting a gradual daily exfoliation. Skin will be smoother and the appearance of fine lines reduced. It’s suitable for all skin types, except very sensitive and contains UV protection. Priced at £55 for 50 ml.
C Evolutive Eye Gel
This high-tech light gel contains the latest technology in manufacturing, a new generation of liposomes: the sphérulites. Sphérulites are time-released liposomes, carrying active ingredients between the multishield, multi-lamellae structure. The hyaluronic acid contained in the sphérulites releases moisture throughout the day. Rich in Vitamin C and Ginkgo, this Eye Gel is a must to minimise wrinkles and to maintain a smooth and youthful eye contour. Recommended for all skin types and is priced at £55 for 30 ml.
Age-Correction Refining Marine d.n.a. Cream
This DNA cream provides you a radical solution for common skin concerns: dilated pores and uneven skin texture. Exceptionally effective, it helps minimize pores and improves follicular elasticity for a gloriously refined, smoother skin texture. Rich in deoxyribonucleic acid (d.n.a.) and hyaluronic acid, this cream helps tighten the pores by improving the skin’s elasticity, resulting in a smoother and finer skin texture with a completely matt finish. It contains UV protection, recommended for dehydrated skin with dilated pores and uneven texture and is priced at £65 for 50ml.
Spa Clinica PRO Peel & Recapture Treatment
This dynamic anti-ageing facial treatment features a unique formula to reveal an evenly toned, porcelain-smooth complexion. A high performance treatment, it combines a deep cleansing, potent yet gentle peel, and Micro-Retinol treatment to recapture smoother, denser and younger-looking skin - instantly. Suitable for all skin types except Sensitive and Acne prone skin. Duration of the treatment is 1 hour and is priced from £70 - £80.
Dramatically smoothes wrinkles
- Visibly perfects
- Immediately brightens
- Strengthens elasticity
- Increases moisture
- Evens pigmentation
- Counteracts ageing process
- Rejuvenates skin
- Unprecedented results
lumafirm® Eye Contour Lift & Glow
Formulated with an amazing lift-action complex, this phenomenal treatment instantly repairs your delicate eye zone as it reduces puffiness and dark circles. An anti-ageing powerful trio of actives takes your eyes back in time with an immediate reduction in lines and wrinkles and a visibly brighter, smoother eye contour. Duration of this treatment is 45 minutes and is priced from £35 - £45.
- Visibly smoothes wrinkles and skin texture
- Lifts and firms
- Diminishes dark circles and eye puffiness
- Lightens and brightens
- Repairs sun damage
Vitamin "C" with Oxyzomes Facial
This intensive treatment features a manufacturing wonder formulated with a new generation of liposomes: Oxyzomes (stabilized Vitamin C). Featuring an outstanding, targeted delivery system, it releases Vitamin C into your skin throughout the day. Powerfully formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it works to visibly repair and smooth the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and increase oxygenation. The immediately visible result is a more youthful appearance with a healthy, radiant glow. Recommended for all skin types, duration of the treatment is 1 hour and is priced from £55 - £65.
- Releases Vitamin C into your skin throughout the day
- Visibly repairs and smooth the skin
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- Increases oxygenation
- Healthy radiant glow
- Immediate visible results
The Spa Clinica PRO Peel & Recapture treatment, lumafirm® Eye Contour Lift & Glow treatment and the Vitamin "C" with Oxyzomes Facial are offered at Pevonia spas and the homecare products can be bought from www.pevonia.co.uk