Just when you thought you had learned every skincare ingredient there was to possibly know, we’re back with another. Trust us, this one’s a goodie so you’re going to want to whip out your favourite pen and highlighter and take notes. Let’s dive into sodium hyaluronate; what it is and why you need it in your skincare!
What is Sodium Hyaluronate?
While sodium hyaluronate (let’s call it SH for the sake of everyone’s sanity) may sound similar to hyaluronic acid, they are different. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs within our bodies and is used in skincare to support collagen production and elasticity, whereas SH is derived from HA.
SH is comprised of smaller molecules than HA, which is why it is a favourite amongst skincare experts as it can penetrate the skin more easily and absorbs better for those gorgeous benefits. HA prevents water loss with large molecules that effectively coat the skin, while SH can travel into the top layer of skin, improving hydration from underneath the surface.
A 2012 study found that the most dramatic change seen in skin as it ages is a loss of SH. That’s why you experience more dryness when you get older and start losing that plump glow.
Why Include Sodium Hyaluronate in Skin Care?
As a general rule, SH helps to keep your skin hydrated and looking supple and youthful, which is the dream, right? But if you think it is just for dry or mature skin, think again. It is a bit of a superstar in the skincare world.
Similarly to HA, SH is hydrophilic, which means it is very good friends with water (think Paris and Nicole level best friends). It is actually even better than HA for hydrating dry, flaky skin because of its ability to seep deeper into the epidermis (a fancy term for the outermost layer of the skin).
It is humectant which means it effectively pulls moisture from its surroundings into the epidermis, so if you live in a humid area, you’re really going to feel those hydrating effects of SH (makes the bad hair days worth it).
It also draws moisture from the deep layers of your skin to the outer layers to keep them hydrated. Dr Mara Weinstein, dermatologist, says SH “serves as a water reservoir”, and helps to restore and maintain your moisture barrier so your skin doesn’t dry out in an instant.
Reduces Signs of Ageing
Do you want to hold on to youthful, glowing skin? Yup, we thought so. As we get older, our HA levels diminish, while SH helps to replace the lost moisture. By giving your skin a big drink of water, SH plumps fine lines for smoother, youthful looking skin. Hydration is a key component of the collagen process so think of it this way: no SH means no collagen and fine line city.
Another bonus you may not immediately think of when considering the benefits of hydration is its ability to reduce acne, but it’s true. If your skin fails to get enough moisture, the sebaceous glands start to go into overdrive to compensate, ramping up the oil production and causing breakouts. Plus, the hydration and subsequent collagen also helps to heal wounds, perfect if you’ve found yourself with that super annoying acne scarring.
Where to find Sodium Hyaluronate in Skin Care?
Adding a healthy dose of SH to your skincare products is an excellent idea for most skin types, but if you’ve got skin drier than the Sahara Desert, you’re going to want to pay extra attention.
Our Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo includes SH and is a lightweight skin treat that deeply quenches your skin’s thirst and prevents moisture loss. It is nourishing, hydrating and all in all, such a luxe product - you won’t know what you did without it!
The Golden Anti-Ageing Serum will use the powers of SH to plump any fine lines and help you turn back the clock on ageing. Make it part of your bedtime routine, just like brushing your teeth and scrolling mindlessly through Instagram.
Don’t forget to exfoliate! The Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant will keep your skin smooth, clear congestion and replenish moisture levels thanks to everyone’s new favourite skincare ingredient, sodium hyaluronate.
Chat to our experts for more benefits of sodium hyaluronate in skin care and how to get your hydrating dose!