Hydropower for the skin – The benefits of botanical hyaluronic acid

In the world of cosmetics, almost no other active ingredient is as highly regarded as hyaluronic acid.
And for good reason. With its various types and special properties, hyaluronic acid is very versatile in skin care.

Pale, dry skin or small wrinkles are typical of dehydrated skin. Its dried-out corneal layers need long-lasting moisturization. Even better would be an adequate, regularly refilled reservoir of moisture for preventive care; this maintains the skin’s firmness and suppleness. Hyaluronic acid, which boosts moisture content, is the beauty sector’s favourite thirst quencher for skin. Even though hyaluronic acid really is quite an “old friend.”

The number one moisturizing substance

“Hyaluronic acid is, chemically speaking, a long chain of sugar molecules,” explains Guylaine Le Loarer, Head of Research & Development at Annemarie Börlind Natural Beauty. This substance, which the body produces itself, is an important component of connective tissue, synovial fluid and cartilage. It supports elastin and collagen which are fibres in the tissue that keep the skin firm and elastic. But starting at the age of 30, the enzymes that form hyaluronic acid gradually become less active. The skin continuously loses firmness and elasticity due to aging and environmental influences. Luckily, skin care products with hyaluronic acid can increase the substance’s concentration in the skin again and balance out deficiencies. Different forms of hyaluronic acid are used to meet the needs of different skin.

 

Deeply penetrating protection from the outside in

The most important characteristic that makes this substance so useful in cosmetics is the ability of conventional high-molecular-weight, or long-chain, hyaluronic acid to bind exceptional amounts of water. When applied, it forms a thin moisturizing film on the skin’s surface, fills up the space between the cells and thus creates a smoothing effect from the outside. The skin immediately looks more supple and fresher. Products with medium- and low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid contain hyaluronic acids that are split into smaller molecules. The low-molecular-weight acid molecules are so tiny that they pass into the innermost layers of skin and create a pillow-like effect there.

Botanical hyaluronic acid at Annemarie Börlind Natural Beauty

Traditionally, hyaluronic acid is obtained from animals. At Annemarie Börlind Natural Beauty, the formulations have always used vegan sources. The centrepiece is hyaluronic acid’s botanical counterpart, a natural extract from white jelly fungus, also called silver ear fungus. Annemarie Börlind combines the conventional biotechnological type with botanical hyaluronic acid from the white jelly fungus. This keeps the skin from feeling so “taut,” even though the same firming effect occurs. “With serums and creams that contain hyaluronic acid, we are giving the skin something it already knows, and it’s impossible to accidentally use too high a dose. And that’s also why hyaluronic acid is highly skin compatible and so well-suited for all skin types,” says Guylaine Le Loarer.

White jelly fungus

White jelly fungus contains a special form of hyaluronic acid, the structure of which closely resembles the form found in humans. This botanical form of hyaluronic acid improves the skin’s moisture content and has a smoothing effect.

Where does white jelly fungus originally come from? This fungus grows on mango wood in tropical and subtropical climates and is cultivated on a wood substrate in many Asian countries.

What gives this fungus curative powers? In traditional Chinese medicine, it is given
for tuberculosis, colds and high blood pressure – usually dried, or as a pulverized extract. How does the fungus extract work in the skin? For botanical hyaluronic acid, high-molecular- weight polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates) are obtained and pulverized. They improve the skin’s moisture levels and also counteract free radicals.

Ideal care for mature skin

In addition, Annemarie Börlind Natural Beauty uses selected botanical ingredients, such as red algae, that have positive effects on the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production. This also makes it possible to increase the skin’s moisture content from the inside out. Combining it with externally applied hyaluronic acid makes this cocktail of active ingredients an ideal skin care companion for ages 30 and up, and it is essential in skin care series and make-up for mature skin.

Red algae

Red algae from the Scandinavian coast does not supply hyaluronic acid itself; instead, it stimulates the skin’s own hyal-uronic acid production. This effectively supplies long-lasting moisture to the skin.

“Products containing hyaluronic acid allow us to give back something it already knows to the skin.” – Guylaine Le Loarer, Head of Research & Development at Annemarie Börlind Natural Beauty

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