Hyaluronic Acid: What it is, and Why You Need it

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is an ingredient that has been getting a lot of buzz in the skincare industry lately and featured in many private label products including sheet masks, serums, and even injectables. What is it about this natural substance that makes it so multi-faceted and beneficial to the skin? RainShadow's Licensed Esthetician explains that Hyaluronic Acid is the body's natural hydrator, making it an excellent moisturizer when applied topically. 

Our skin cells produce Hyaluronic Acid naturally in a bid to maintain moisture levels. Thanks to environmental aggressors and aging, to name just a few things flung at our skin daily, those levels tend to take a bit of a dip. Adding a Hyaluronic Acid Serum into your daily skincare ritual can highly benefit the skin by increasing hydration levels and help combat signs of aging, dehydration, and stressed-out skin. Don't be put off by the name, because, unlike some acids, Hyaluronic Acid doesn't strip the skin or cause any downtime when applied topically. This acid delivers gentle hydration to where your skin needs it most rather than different acids, which typically are exfoliating. 

What is Hyaluronic Acid? 

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) naturally occurs in the human body. The substance works as a magnet for moisture, helping your cells retain as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears hydrated, plump, and healthy. This substance holds up to 1000 times its weight in water and draws moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin, making it arguably one of the most effective moisturizing agents on the world market today. We intentionally use our vegan Hyaluronic Acid in many of our private label formulas due to its almost immediate effects on the skin for helping the skin look supple and hydrated. 

Think of Hyaluronic Acid like a sponge; it will continue to draw in and hold onto moisture after it is collected. When the lipid barrier is further enhanced and protected by hyaluronic acid, the skin is better able to defend itself against environmental age-factors and pollutants. Rainshadow Labs is proud to formulate with a vegan Hyaluronic Acid, derived from fermented Tara plant extract. This superstar ingredient is non-comedogenic, penetrates deeply into the skin, and stimulates collagen production for a youthful and supple complexion. 

This private label superstar natural substance smooths and replenishes the look of skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When the skin is dry, its surface is more vulnerable to damage. By protecting your skin s outer layers from the environment with rich hydration, HA strengthens your skin s protective barrier to give you stronger, happier skin. It can even help your skin with free radicals. This is important since free radicals can break down collagen and elastin to age our skin and make wrinkles and sagging more apparent. Likewise, HA supports your skin s healing and repairing ability by giving skin-soothing moisture and anti-inflammatory properties. 

What skin types benefit from Hyaluronic Acid? 

 Hyaluronic Acid is a well-rounded skincare ingredient that is great on all skin types, including aging and dry skin. It's known to increase hydration in the skin, which can keep your skin looking fresh, full, and bouncy. Not to mention, it's non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and penetrates deeply into the skin. As we age, our bodies tend to produce less collagen and hyaluronic acid, so adding a topical serum into your daily routine will benefit the skin to combat signs of early aging. 

Sensitive skin types may be intimidated by the word "acid" but, there's no reason for sensitive skin types to tread lightly - it's safe for everyone. If you want to get the most out of your HA usage, we would recommend a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, especially if you have dry skin. Serums typically have a thinner consistency and a more potent concentration of ingredients to deliver impactful results. We recommend cleansing the skin first, applying a toner, followed by our private label hyaluronic acid serum, a moisturizer of choice, then locking it all in with a facial oil. 

Our private label Hyaluronic Acid Serum can significantly benefit all skin types by hydrating and boosting collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, brighter complexion. With added Organic Jojoba, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, this private label serum is a powerhouse filled with hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and brightening properties. 

What pairs well with hyaluronic acid for maximum results in my skincare ritual? 

Now that we've gotten to know a little more about Hyaluronic Acid (HA), and how to add it into our daily skincare practices, let's dive into some complementary ingredients. HA pairs well alongside other ingredients used for anti-aging, like vitamin C and vitamin A. Consider applying retinol serum (a derivative of vitamin A) in your evening routine, which will help encourage cell turnover. And apply a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serum with vitamin C during the day to promote a healthy glow and hydrate your skin cells.
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