" With the molecular weight of less than 6,000 dalton (0.0000000000000000001 gram), ultra-low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid is the most effective type of hyaluronic acid in facial serums and creams."
Hyaluronic acid is often listed as the active ingredient in some anti-ageing facial serums and creams. Naturally found in the body especially in the joints and skin, hyaluronic acid gives skin its youthful plumpness. It acts as a water reservoir for the skin cells to prevent dryness and dehydration. The hyaluronic acid levels in the skin decline with age, causing the appearance of wrinkles, lines and sagging skin. Hyaluronic acid serums and creams can help minimise the signs of ageing.
Hyaluronic acid in skincare products is made of sodium hyaluronate. Based on its molecular weight, there are different types of sodium hyaluronate. The most effective one is the one with the lowest molecular weight which penetrates deeper into the skin. The deeper hyaluronic acid goes into the skin, the better the results.
1. Ultra-Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid
Ultra-low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid is made of sodium hyaluronate with an average molecular-weight of less than 6,000 dalton (1 dalton = 0.0000000000000000000000166 gram). By far, this is the best hyaluronic acid found in facial serums and creams. Hyaluronic acid ULMW has a much greater skin penetration ability compared to the other types of hyaluronic acid. It is one of the most effective ingredients to restore the youthfulness of the skin from within.
As an anti-ageing scientist who has been formulating skincare products for more than 15 years, I highly recommend the use of a facial serum or cream made with ultra-low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid for the best anti-ageing results. Hyaluronic acid ULMW is an expensive ingredient but it is worth it.
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2. Super-Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid SLMW has an average molecular-weight of less than 50,000 dalton. It isn't as effective as Hyaluronic Acid ULMW, however it is better than the other three types of hyaluronic acid below.
3. Extra-Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid ELMW has an average molecular-weight of 110,000 dalton.
4. Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid LMW has an average molecular-weight of 1,000,000 dalton.
5. High-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid
This is the most common type of hyaluronic acid in skincare products. With a molecular-weight of up to 1,500,000 dalton, hyaluronic acid HMW has the least skin penetration ability compared to the other types.
The Alternative Way to Boost Skin's Hyaluronic Acid Levels
Hyaluronic acid serums and creams are not the only products that help replenish the skin's hyaluronic acid. There are few other ingredients that have been shown to boost the skin's hyaluronic acid levels such as:
1. Saccharide Isomerate
Extracted from the plants, saccharide isomerate boosts the skin's hydration levels and provides an instant, yet long-lasting, soothing protection against skin dryness and dehydration. It plumps up the appearance of the skin and smooths out wrinkles. A study showed that it increases the hyaluronic acid synthesis in the skin by up to 66%. Saccharide isomerate is the best alternative to hyaluronic acid for those with sensitive skin.
Saccharide isomerate soothes and deeply hydrates the skin for up to 72 hours. Nano Gold Nourishing Cream has been formulated with saccharide isomerate and 24-karat gold nanoparticles to replenish skin's moisture, prevent dryness and protect dry skin from signs of ageing. This luxuriously comforting moisturiser boosts skin renewal and minimises the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing.
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2. N-Acetyl Glucosamine
Extracted from the shell of shellfish, n-acetyl glucosamine has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation spots. Studies also showed that n-acetyl glucosamine boosts the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin and gently peels off dead skin cells. It works synergistically with niacinamide to diminish pigmentation spots by reducing the excess production of melanin pigment in the skin. N-acetyl glucosamine is the best alternative to hyaluronic acid for those with pigmentation spots.
To reduce the signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation, apply Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream on top of your usual serum every morning and evening. This anti-wrinkle cream has been formulated with n-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide and ultra-low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid to restore the youthfulness of the skin and even out complexion. Infused with 24-karat gold nanoparticles, Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream nourishes and brings oxygen to the skin cells in the deeper layers of the skin.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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