Wellness Encyclopedia: Hyaluronic Acid + Firm & Brighten Serum

Complicated-sounding name, incredibly beneficial ingredient and one that occurs naturally in the body…

All-natural”, “chemical-free”, “ingredients you can understand”… these phrases sing to us from the shelves of the pharmacy and beauty department like sirens beckoning with rustic fonts and vaguely organic-looking packaging, but what are they really delivering? If those mass-produced products truly contain zero chemicals… what’s in them? Our aversion to all things chemical-related is understandable, given what we’ve learned about the processed, preservative-laden “food” stocked on the inner aisles of the grocery store, we’d naturally want to avoid those same additives in the creams, lotions and makeup we slather on our skin. But do the chemicals in our beauty products deserve the same bad rap? What is “natural beauty”, anyway? It may surprise you to learn that “chemical free” beauty doesn’t actually exist… water is a chemical, after all, and sometimes, you want a complicated-sounding ingredient in your beauty elixirs. Why? Because they’re sometimes the most effective! Case in point, for a long time, I avoided anything that claimed to contain acids of any kind — why would I want acid on my face or body? It sounded like a recipe for disaster — that is, until I started doing my research. Years later, I have a much broader understanding of the ingredients to avoid, and the ones that will bring the most benefit, and yes, some of those ingredients are naturally-occurring acids. Take hyaluronic acid, or HA, for instance — complicated-sounding name, incredibly beneficial ingredient and one that occurs naturally in the body, like collagen. I swear by the stuff for its ability to hydrate, beautify, and erase certain indiscretions (looking at you, sleepless night and too much sun). But while HA is amazing on its own, it’s even more powerful when combined with superfoods like kale, vitamin C, and collagen-boosting tripeptide 37 as it is in Youth to the People’s Firm & Brighten Serum. Today we’re discussing hyaluronic acid and its incredible benefits. This isn’t an ingredient you’ll want to shy away from — this all-natural acid (really!) can do wonders for your skin…

What is hyaluronic acid? Produced naturally by the body, hyaluronic acid is a lubricating substance that supports collagen retention, eases joint pain, and boosts hydration and elasticity. Its greatest concentrations are found in the eye sockets, joints and skin, basically anywhere collagen is found as the two go hand in hand. But just like collagen, over time our bodies produce less and less HA, resulting in wrinkles, thin skin and aching joints. When applied to the skin through a vegan-sourced topical treatment such as Youth to the People’s Firm & Brighten Serum, HA has been found to improve skin texture and tone, reduce wrinkles, and lighten undereye bags.

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid? As we age, along with the loss of collagen and naturally-occurring HA, the molecules in our skin lose their ability to retain water, causing dryness and thin skin, wrinkles and even dry scalp. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid plumps up those molecules like fat little water drops, making skin look dewy, brighter, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles over time. Carrying heavy bags under your eyes? Hyaluronic acid can help with that! It’s been found to lighten undereye bags and even plump up lips. Joint pain? HA is often taken internally to help ease joint pain, especially for those suffering from certain forms of arthritis, and has been found to effectively treat cold sores and sunburns and can help heal and undo the damage caused by the sun.

How to use hyaluronic acid: Harness the power of hyaluronic acid with Youth to the People’s Firm & Brighten Serum. After cleansing your face, glide two pumps of serum over your skin and allow to absorb. Follow up with moisturizer of choice. Paired with vitamin C, kale and tripeptide 37, the HA present in this powerful serum has been found to reduce wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines in a matter of weeks.

For achy joints, a doctor can prescribe the correct dosage for supplements or injections.

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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. 
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.

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7 years ago

HA is one of those ingredients I always saw other people loving, but never bothered to look into. Now I wish I had sooner! Thanks for the info.

Diana Free
7 years ago

Sounds like a great product to add to one’s routine

It’s true what you said. Though people today prefer to use products with a simpler ingredient list, sometimes it’s the more complicated-sounding ones that work the best. I suppose the only thing you can do is to do more research and be more informed!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

7 years ago

hi, I’ve seen hyaluronic acid shampoo in a shop nearby, does it make hair healthier?

6 years ago

I recently started using this line and I’m already on my second bottle of the serum, I love it! All three of the products are light and hydrating. My acne and dark sports are on their way out the door, and I can feel good knowing I’m putting clean ingredients on my skin. Thanks for the post!

6 years ago

i would love to try this

6 years ago

Where can I buy this? The free people store in the mall here is lacking lots of things I see on line> I live in Anapolis ,Md. How much is it?