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If you have any experience with skincare, you’ve likely heard of hyaluronic acid, which is produced naturally in the body. Sodium hyaluronate, however, is a bit less commonplace. Sodium is a term you’re probably familiar with. Sodium chloride, or table salt, might be the first thing that comes to mind – but due to its drying abilities, you’d be safest keeping it far away from your skin.
While sodium hyaluronate might share the same first name as sodium chloride, it actually lives on the opposite side of the spectrum. As opposed to your typical table salt, sodium hyaluronate is the ultimate skin moisturizer.
Sodium hyaluronate is a compound that mimics hyaluronicacid, which is naturally produced in the skin’s dermis, the second layer beneath the skin’s barrier. Hyaluronic acid gives the skin volume by holding onto water. Where skin is concerned, water equates to moisture. This means that hyaluronic acid is our natural moisturizing agent that keeps our skin hydrated and healthy. Here is where the bad news comes in – the levels of hyaluronic acid present in our skin decline with age.
You know where this is going – as we age, our skin loses its natural ability to moisturize. Thankfully, this is where the powerful ingredient sodium hyaluronate steps in to save the day.
If you’re still not convinced why you should invest the time – and minimal effort – read our post about why skin care is important.
Unlike some other moisturizing products that don’t, moisturizers and cleansers that contain sodium hyaluronate don’t have that ‘greasy’ feel to them. On the contrary, it leaves your skin feeling fresh and pleasant to touch. Since it is compounded of natural molecules, sodium hyaluronate is non-irritating to the skin and reacts well with all skin types.
As mentioned, sodium hyaluronate’s main benefit for skin care is its unparalleled ability to retain water – the molecules can hold as much as much as 1000 times their weight! As a result, sodium hyaluronate promotes skin blood microcirculation, nutrient absorption, and maintains a normal rate of metabolism. The combined impact of all the above plays a role in improving the overall look of the skin, and protecting it from further environmental damage – particularly due to sun exposure. If we should highlight one crucial benefit, it is its unquestionable triumph as a wrinkle reducer – preventing the creation of new ones and diminishing the appearance of existing ones. It accomplishes this feat through hydration of the skin. More moisture to the skin means firmer, plumper skin, which makes wrinkles less visible.
Sodium Hyaluronate may just do one thing, but it does it incredibly well. The ingredient packs the powerful punch necessary to add depleting moisture back to the skin, which leads to healthier and firmer skin over time. We included it in both of our Standard Set products, the Honesty Face Wash and, obviously, the Integrity Face Moisturizer. Use together in your daily facial skincare regimen, and you will avoid unpleasant dryness and maintain well-nourished and healthy facial skin .