Skin saviour or skin irritant? What is Hyaluronic Acid? What is Sodium Hyaluronate? Let’s dig deep into this very misunderstood ingredient that is found in our All-Over Skin Dew. Healthy, plump skin requires one very important thing: hydration in the form of water. It is naturally occurring in our own skin and as we gracefully age through this life, our bodies stop producing as much of it. If you’ve ever wondered why our littles ones have such amazing skin, this is it. Good news is we can replenish and help retain our naturally occurring Hyaluronic Acid through what we eat… don’t worry, we’ll save that for another article. The form of HA our body naturally produces is a humectant, a healer, a protector, and a plumper. So, does the cosmetic form of Hyaluronic Acid come with as many benefits? Lack of moisture is one of the main culprits of aging skin, which why this ingredient duo is a must have when it comes to repairing your skin’s moisture barrier. Cosmetic hyaluronic acid (made from plant fermentation), is a molecule that has significant water-drawing capabilities and benefits all skin, regardless of age or skin type, can benefit from. Our All-Over Skin Dew serum uses three different molecular weights for a deeper penetration but also for instant hydration. Let’s break down how different molecular weights penetrate to different levels of the skin and exactly what Sodium Hyaluronate is. Molecules with lower molecular weights are smaller (sodium hyaluronate), and can therefore reach the deeper layer of the skin. They sustain skins moisture content. On the other hand, those with high molecular weights (hyaluronic acid), remain closer to the surface, where they can deliver the most visible results with shorter life-span. This all sounds amazing.. so how is it possible that this be a skin irritant?! Sodium Hyaluronate is derived from Hyaluronic Acid (it is essentially the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid). Too much salt = dryness and it can actually draw moisture out of our skin (yikes!). When this happens, Hyaluronic Acid has the opposite effect of its intended purpose and that’s what causes the inflammation and irritation to the skin. Although this ingredient duo is a super-star hydrator, we only see these benefits when it’s kept under 2%. So, what about All-Over Skin Dew? We’ve formulated this clean powerhouse product with our cosmetic chemist so it ticks all the hydration boxes. Each individual ingredient in our formulations we chose with purpose, both for their unique adaptive attributes and the combined effect of all ingredients in the formulation. Hyaluronic Acid + Sodium Hyaluronate is one of those duos that works harmoniously for maximum effect. We use a combined total of less than 1% to make sure we reap all the benefits, and avoid any negative side effects. MIFA TIP: When used on damp or just out of the shower skin, it has better moisture binding capabilities. All-Over Skin Dew is formulated using rosa damascena flower water which will help naturally boost the HA, even if you’re not fresh out of the shower. As always, with any serum or HA product, following it with an oil to lock in the hydration will give you maximum moisturizing results. This misunderstood ingredient isn’t a bad ingredient at all, in fact it’s a skin savior, it’s just a matter of how to and how much to use.