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size matters: not all hyaluronic acid is created equal
Here’s what you might already know: hyaluronic acid is great for your skin because it helps maintain moisture and supports elasticity and collagen production. In this way, it contributes to a youthful complexion that looks hydrated, plump, smooth, and filled.
What you might not have heard is that it’s not as simple as that. Chemistry is complex, and at certain less expensive molecular weights, hyaluronic acid isn’t actually giving you the best of its benefits: Its age-defying abilities depend on its capacity to descend into the deepest layers of your skin.
This ability to head down deep into the dermis depends on its molecular size. Too big, and the molecules won’t be able to penetrate the skin, so they’ll just sit on the surface. Too small (nano-sized), and it could be detrimental to the health of your skin. It’s a bit of a Goldilocks scenario.
Similar to greenwashing—where brands call themselves all-natural and non-toxic even though they’re including bases, fillers, and synthetics—brands will often include hyaluronic acid in its cheapest form just to be able to include the ingredient on the back of the bottle. The hyaluronic acid formula could also contain alcohols or preservatives, which will of course counteract any benefits.
When it comes to hyaluronic acid, you get what you pay for. At Tata Harper Skincare, our chemists use the highest quality hyaluronic acid available to us, with clinical studies that test for its age-defying efficacy. This is where things get pretty scientific and slightly beyond the comprehension of our content crew. But, if you have any questions for our scientists, leave them below and we’ll get you an answer.
For now, if you want to explore our products that contain our favorite age-defying ingredient, you can shop by hyaluronic acid.