Our organic product developer, Richard Pietz explains how the skin goes through the ageing process and why so many of us are excited by ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid (HA).
Ageing can be broken down into two independent categories: intrinsic ageing and extrinsic ageing. Intrinsic relates to the internal biological process of the skin; inevitable by nature. It’s a gradual shift spurred by hormonal changes throughout our lifetime, for both men and women.
The latter relates to ageing from external factors, such as pollution and UV rays as well as aggressors such as toxins, chemicals and synthetic ingredients. In this case, we can do our very best to protect, replenish and nurture our skin every day, by using certified organic skincare to detoxify and revitalize the elements within our complexion.
Yet we need to be savvy when taking intrinsic ageing into account.
The natural progression as we age is for our skin to degrade in collagen production; losing its elasticity and bounce. The result is skin that appears thin, sunken and crape-y to the eye. Fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, saggy skin and exaggerated expression lines become more and more evident.
The answer to this is to embrace the way your skin naturally-forms its vital lipids. This is where Hyaluronic Acid (HA) comes into play.
A famed carbohydrate molecule, known as Hyaluronic Acid, is found naturally in our body.
Hyaluronic Acid is also an important part of the equation to produce and maintain collagen and elastin fibers in the skin’s network—another two well-known industry terms.
A healthy, bouncy, plump, firm and glowing complexion is embraced by well hydrated, well-fed skin.
We have asked our expert organic product developer, Richard, why he loves Hyaluronic Acid.
“I have always had a sweet spot for Hyaluronic Acid when developing natural formulas, as it’s an essential component in building up the moisture reserve deep within the dermis. It is one of those key building block ingredients that aids in the reparative effects to stressed skin, and in reducing the multiple signs of ageing. Essential in the fact that it naturally binds with water within our bodies to keep our tissues and organs well-hydrated and functioning properly.”
Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t just boost moisture levels, it also draws our formulations deeper into the skin.
“HA can work as a catalyst in not only boosting moisture levels but working synergistically with other ingredients to improve the overall condition of the skin. To optimize the performance of HA, it binds well with ingredients such as Aloe Vera, botanical emollients and humectants so that they absorb well into the skin. We use a low molecular weight HA so that it can easily provide transdermal absorption.”
We use Hyaluronic Acid as an organic delivery system for our formulations—rather than opting for an inorganic polymer—the delivery tool used in many in non-organic skincare formulations. Polymers are synthetic by nature and often toxic for the epidermis.
We believe in working harmoniously with the way skin naturally functions and use a naturally-occurring form of Hyaluronic Acid in a number of our nourishing formulations.
“With recent advances in natural ingredient science, we use a naturally derived HA that comes from the fermentation of plants, yeast and even mushrooms. Given Miranda’s background in nutrition and organic foods, we always keep in check our Mind-Body-Skin ethos when working with ingredients. Being that HA is a key component of our body’s composition, it makes perfect sense to enhance those elements of what occurs naturally within us and into our product range.”
When it comes to managing our naturally ageing skin—we can control several factors: what we choose to feed our skin (and body) internally and what we choose to nourish it externally.
Richard highly recommends the use of our 3 Step Systems combined with Noni Glow Face Oil, Noni Radiant Eye Oil and our Noni Glow Skinfood Supplements, both morning and night, for a well-nourished complexion.
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