Studies prove it: Skin care with hyaluronic acid works against wrinkles. It acts as a water reservoir in the skin and provides elasticity and resilience. What many people do not know: Not all hyaluronic acid is the same. In this blog post you will find out what is important.
Hyaluronic acid and the consequences of a deficiency
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and is an essential component of various types of connective tissue. Hyaluronic acid is characterised in particular by the fact that it can bind enormous amounts of water to itself: Up to 6 litres of water per gram of hyaluronic acid! Combined with water, it forms a gel-like material that acts as a lubricant in our joints, for example. With increasing age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our body decreases. This can manifest itself, for example, in cracking joints, which give us an indication that the hyaluronic acid is leaving the joint fluid. In particular, however, the skin also loses moisture and elasticity as the hyaluronic acid content dwindles. Wrinkles can develop as a result. However, if the skin is always supplied with hyaluronic acid from the outside over a longer period of time, it regains elasticity and wrinkles are reduced.
Bigger is not better for once
Hyaluronic acid comes in different sizes. In our body, for example, it is usually a long-chain compound with a high molecular mass. In skin care, however, hyaluronic acid with a short-chain compound has proven to be more beneficial. This is because it has a lower molecular mass and can therefore penetrate deeper into the skin. Roughly, one can distinguish between two sizes: high-molecular hyaluronic acid and low-molecular hyaluronic acid. The rule of thumb is: the smaller the hyaluron chains, the deeper hyaluron acid can penetrate the skin. In particular, high-molecular hyaluronic acid works mainly superficially and only for a short time. Low-molecular hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, has a lasting anti-wrinkle effect because it is stored in the connective tissue of the skin. It is therefore more effective than high-molecular hyaluronic acid, especially in the long term.
Hyaluonic acid in the Jungkraut products
It is not usually possible to tell which hyaluronic acid is contained in skin care products purely from the ingredients. Low-molecular hyaluronic acid is much more expensive than high-molecular hyaluronic acid, which is why only high-molecular hyaluronic acid is usually found in inexpensive skin care products. At Jungkraut, we value high-performance actives for maximum and long-lasting effect. For this reason, we use low-molecular hyaluronic acid for our Alpine Performance Face Fluid as well as the Glacier Active Eye Serum. This is always in combination with antioxidants and other actives that strengthen our skin flora and thus the natural skin barrier. Because hyaluronic acid alone is not enough to protect our skin and prevent loss of moisture.