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HYALURONIC ACID

The Everyday Skin Care Hero

Benefits

  • Anti-aging

  • Moisturising

  • Wound healing

  • Increases skin elasticity – anti wrinkle

  • Can treat eczema

  • Can treat facial redness – rosacea, sensitivity

Hyaluronic Acid is the key to instantly plumping fine lines and making skin look glowy. It can be found in everything from hyaluronic acid skin care serums to sheet masks and even injectables, but what exactly is it?

Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of the skin, making it an excellent moisturiser. Scientific studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid skin care products help improve skin hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with wound healing. Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison to many other ingredients. At the same time, it revitalises the skin’s outer surface layers, so they look and feel softer, smoother and radiantly hydrated. This instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Yes, please!

Despite its popularity, hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most misunderstood and misused ingredients in skin care. It’s often confused with alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) since they all do wonders for the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid is powerful stuff. But don’t let the word “acid” fool you. This gel-like water-holding molecule is a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. And, it’s actually something our bodies naturally produce. It helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of the skin, making it an excellent moisturiser. Scientific studies have shown that as a key ingredient in skin care products it helps improve skin hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with wound healing. 

Also known as hyaluronan, HA is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. HA is a glycosaminoglycan, a fancy name for a vital naturally-occurring substance that’s part of skin’s youth-supporting matrix. As the chief glycosaminoglycan in the skin, it works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed.

The skin contains about half of the hyaluronic acid in the body. It binds to water molecules, which helps keep the skin hydrated and supple. Levels of HA in the skin significantly decrease as people age, which can lead to dehydrated skin and wrinkles. Using cosmetic products that contain it may improve skin hydration and reduce signs of aging.

Hyaluronic Acid versus Sodium Hyaluronate

In Skin Care, the terms Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hylauronate are often bandied about as if they were exactly the same ingredient with two (2) different names. But that’s not quite true.

Although HA does naturally occur in the human body, it’s not necessarily considered a “natural” ingredient in skin care, since HA needs to go through chemical processing in order to be effective in topical application. HA is known to have a large molecular weight and therefore does not penetrate the skin. One way to minimise the HA molecule is via hydrolyzing, or in other words, breaking it down via a chemical reaction with water — which results in the hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid commonly seen in serums and moisturisers. In a hydrolyzed form HA works on skin’s surface to attract and bind significant amounts of water to help hydrate the skin. It’s especially useful in the winter months, when your skin is naturally drier on the surface, as long as you use an occlusive to lock it in.

The more common way to turn pure hyaluronic acid into a useful topical is to “extract” its “sodium salt” to get sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a derivative of HA — specifically, it’s a salt form of HA. Sodium hyaluronate has a lower molecular weight than HA and hydrolyzed HA, so it’s more easily absorbed into pores. Sodium hyaluronate has the ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, and also attracts and binds water. This effect can plump the skin, thus reducing the look of wrinkles and making skin younger-looking. It is for this reason of better penetration that many of the good skin care ranges incorporate Sodium Hyaluronate into their formulas as opposed to Hyaluronic Acid.

Other names for Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid, or HA, is one of the OG hydrating acids naturally produced in the body that provides immediate results. However, it can come in many forms. Look on a skin care ingredients list for any of the following forms of hyaluronic acid;

  • HA; | Glycoaminoglycane | Sodium Hyaluronate | Glycoaminoglycan | Hyaluran | Hyaluronan | Hyaluronate Sodium | Hylan | Sodium Hyaluronate

So why do we need more if our bodies already produce it?

Well, the average human body contains about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid. However, one-third of that gets degraded and synthesised on a daily basis. We also produce less and less as we age. So we want more, which is why many anti-aging products contain Hyaluronic Acid.

Plastic surgeons often inject Hyaluronic Acid into sunken areas of skin to plump it up, but you don’t need to get injections to reap its benefits.

A Guide to Selecting the Best Skin Care Products

Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skin care options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin care professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skin care products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.

The use of professional active ingredient skin care is recommended. The “Professional” skin care products we recommended on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-

  • higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems 
    (OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise the chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
  • are backed by clinical studies 
    (not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
  • are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin care therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use  
    (OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets) 
  • contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
    (OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
  • are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients  when exposed to the air
  • have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between a 4.5 and 5.5.
    (Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
  • do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives

Professional skin care often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to the concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skin care is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type. When used properly, professional skin care products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but over time can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skin care and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.

Skin Care products containing Hyaluronic Acid

Dermaquest A2 Serum
A2 Serum
$145.00 inc. GST
Harnessing the benefits of retinol for its age management and effects on reducing the appearance of breakouts and blemishes, this product is designed...
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Age Defying Boosting Pads
$125.00 inc. GST
An anti-aging skin enhancer designed to target skin aging in 9 different ways. Helps reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles, whilst encour...
Dermaquest-Algae-Polishing-Scrub-113g
Algae Polishing Scrub
$66.00 inc. GST
This cooling exfoliating scrub uses jojoba beads (not plastic beads) to remove excess skin cells through gentle exfoliation, leaving the skin smooth a...
Dermaquest B5-Moisture-Matte
B5 Moisture Matte
$110.00 inc. GST
Go beyond daily moisture and immerse skin in Dermaquest B5 Oil-Free Moisture Matte. Crafted to hydrate while keeping complexion balanced and beautiful...
PCA-Skin-Body-Therapy
Body Therapy
$105.00 inc. GST
Dry & flaking crocodile skin? PCA skin Body Therapy with 12% Lactic Acid - a full body moisturiser that dramatically hydrates skin and encourages...
Dermaquest-C-Infusion-Eye-Cream
C Infusion Eye Cream
$105.00 inc. GST
Specifically developed with Orange Plant Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid Filling Spheres™, this treatment deeply hydrates and improves skin’s lu...
SOCIETE-Calming-Relief-Balm
Calming Relief Balm
$99.00 inc. GST
Societe Calming Relief Balm - The advanced, high-achieving balm targets the concerns of problem skin. Especially, those complexions with skin conditio...
Dermaquest-Daily-Moisturizer-Lotion-with-Zinc
Daily Moisturising Lotion
$77.00 inc. GST
This lightweight, hydrating lotion is optimal for daily use. Formulated with chemical-free Zinc Oxide and a powerful peptide complex, this lotion help...
Dermaquest-Delicate-Soothing-Serum
Delicate Soothing Serum
$145.00 inc. GST
Rosacea and acne sufferers rejoice! Dermaquest Delicate Soothing Serum (The Soother), the key product to treat sensitivity immediately reducing rednes...
Dermaquest-DermaClear-Mask
DermaClear Mask
$84.00 inc. GST
Non-drying kaolin clay mask soothes irritated, problematic and impaired acne skin. This comforting mask cools and protects tender skin while evening o...
Dermaquest-Essential-Moisturiser
Essential Moisturiser
$123.00 inc. GST
A lusciously lightweight hydrating moisturiser that works to refine texture and smooth fine lines, ensuring that skin is supple and silky NOTE: Dermaq...
Dermaquest-Essentially-Light
Essentially Light
$110.00 inc. GST
This lightweight moisturiser is essential to maintain the balance of water in oily skins. Essentially light combined with Skin Rehydrating serum are t...
Dermaquest-Evenskin-Vitabrite
EvenSkin VitaBrite
$115.50 inc. GST
Illuminating botanical and anti-aging peptides work together to help address age spots and other pigmented areas. This serum is mindfully blended to b...
PCA skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum
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ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum
$165.00 $140.25 inc. GST
15% OFF RRP SALE Synergistically hydrates, soothes and firms aging skin. Target your expression lines. This daily use serum is an alternative to expen...
Aspect-Dr-Eyelift-15g
Eyelift
$135.00 inc. GST
For the cosmetic management of dark circles, fine lines & puffiness. Don't be weighed down with eye baggage! Aspect Dr Eyelift is a powerful antio...
Aspect-Hand-and-Body-Cream-118ml
Hand and Body Cream
$32.00 inc. GST
Nurture and replenish dry, dehydrated skin with a blend of vitamins, antioxidants and shea butter for instant hydration. An ultra hydrating and rejuve...
PCA-skin-Hyaluronic-Acid-Boosting-Serum
Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum
$199.00 inc. GST
Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum. This soothing blend of ingredients provides deep, long-lasting hydration on three levels: on the surface, deeper in th...
Aspect-Dr-Hyaluronic-Serum-30ml
Hyaluronic Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
Does your skin look a little thirsty? Hyaluronic serum is the skins answer to dehydration. A hydration boosting serum formulated with Hyaluronic Acid...
Aspect-Hydrating-Mask-118ml
Hydrating Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Rehab for dry, stressed skin. This luxurious mask contains a blend of hydrating ingredients and antioxidants to help combat the visible signs of aging...
PCA-skin-hydrating-serum
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Hydrating Serum
$139.00 $118.15 inc. GST
15% off RRP SALE More than just hydration. PCA Skin Hydrating Serum relies on not only the benefits of hyaluronic acid to the skin, which helps the sk...
Aspect-Hydrating-Serum-30ml
Hydrating Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
Moisture Restorer | Aspect Hydrating Serum uses a blend of Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, calm and replenish moisture. Packed with antioxidants, this ser...
SOCIETE-iComplete-kit
iComplete Kit
$279.00 inc. GST
Societe's recommended two step regimen design for use following injections and other anti-aging procedures to enhance and extend results. The perfect...
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Intense Firming Complex
$220.00 inc. GST
An anti-aging serum containing the most advanced peptides and antioxidants available on the market, Societe Intense Firming Complex firms and rejuvena...
Aspect-Glow-Kit
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Limited Edition Glow Kit
$187.50 $139.00 inc. GST
LIMITED EDITION HOLIDAY SKIN GLOW KIT Aspect Glow Kit. The ultimate face and body indulgence by Aspect. Get that glow with a selection of must-have As...
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Limited Edition Skin Care Kit
$357.80 $199.95 inc. GST
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL The Aspect 2020 Skin Care Kit is a Limited Edition antioxidant-enriched collection, ideal for people keen to...
Aspect Dr Limited Edition XMAS Skin Care Kit
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Limited Edition Skin Care Kit
$363.50 $199.95 inc. GST
This Limited Edition Skin Care kit from Aspect Dr is a great addition to your current skin care routine. Gently cleanse, nurture, hydrate and give you...
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Mild Clean
$57.00 inc. GST
A gentle foaming cleanser that cleanses even the most sensitive skins of makeup & impurities. If you have a sensitive/reactive skin or just need t...
Dermaquest-Niacinamide-Youth-Serum
Niacinamide Youth Serum
$145.00 inc. GST
Control oil production, reduce pigmentation and firm the skin. Irritated skin can lead to premature skin aging. Help keep skin relaxed and red-free wi...
Dermaquest-Nourishing-Peptide-Cream
Nourishing Peptide Cream
$130.00 inc. GST
Aiming to reverse the aging process at the source. Nurture overworked skin. This antioxidant-rich cream is formulated with anti-aging plant extracts t...
Dermaquest-Nourishing-Peptide-Rich
Nourishing Peptide Rich
$150.00 inc. GST
Nourishing Peptide Rich moisturiser is formulated to address dry, mature skin types. through the use of advanced peptides, antioxidants & essentia...
Aspect-Dr-Optiboost-Complex-30ml
Optiboost Complex Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
A potent antioxidant serum. Aspect Dr OptiBoost Complex uses liposome technology to deliver enzymes to damaged skin cells along with a combination of...
Dermaquest Peptide Eye Firming Serum
Peptide Eye Firming Serum
$150.00 inc. GST
Peptide Eye Firming Serum is the answer to aging skin. Promotes rejuvenation to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through a potent bl...
Dermaquest Peptide Facial Booster
Peptide Facial Booster
$330.00 inc. GST
The Superstar of anti-aging peptide serums. DermaQuest’s Fountain of Youth. Slow down the visible signs of aging with this raw, 60% peptide solution s...
Dermaquest Post Laser Lotion
Post Laser Lotion
$77.00 inc. GST
A lightweight lotion, that helps to relieve skin after Laser and IPL resurfacing treatments and chemical peels. Also provides a protective, occlusive...
Aspect-Probiotic-Mask-118ml
Probiotic Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Your overnight skin saviour. Offering nourishing hydration for skin that is parched and sensitised, Aspect Probiotic Mask helps you restore your skin...
SOCIETE-Recovery-Kit
Recover Kit
$115.00 inc. GST
Looking after your skin post-clinical treatment or procedure is important to your results, this care can be seen as important as the procedure itself....
CosMedix-Refine
Refine
$99.50 inc. GST
CosMedix Refine – A potent 4% Vitamin A-based refinishing preparation. Contains the unique AGP complex designed to trick the skin into behaving like a...
CosMedix-Refine-PLUS
Refine Plus
$101.50 inc. GST
A powerful concentration of Vitamin A takes Cosmedix Refine Plus Refinishing Treatment 8% to the next level for enhanced results.
Cosmdix-Elite-Refine-Rx-serum
Refine Rx
$145.00 inc. GST
Skin rejuvenation Vitamin A super serum! A potent, skin-refinishing complex that helps diminish fine lines and improve the skin’s texture, colour, fir...
Societe-Rejuvenationg-Peptide-Mask
Rejuvenating Peptide Mask
$155.00 inc. GST
We love these peptide rich gel masks so much, we recommend them for anytime the skin needs an instant hydration boost! Ingredients activated by skin t...
Cosmedix-Restore
Restore
$90.00 inc. GST
A moisture-rich mask that restores skin with vital moisture, vitamins & essential fatty acids to help promote water retention & proper lipid b...
CosMedix-Serum-16
Serum 16
$139.00 inc. GST
Features hydrators coupled with retinol to target signs of aging while protecting the skin's moisture barrier function. Helps reduce the appearance of...
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Serum 24
$160.00 inc. GST
Anti-aging Vitamin A sensation! Using two forms of Vitamin A for maximum efficiency, Cosmedix Elite Serum 24 is a groundbreaking formula to rapidly re...
Aspect-Sheer-Hydration-50g
Sheer Hydration
$89.00 inc. GST
This super hydrating non-comedogenic cream boasts antioxidant benefits while addressing skin concerns of dehydration, & visible signs of aging. He...
Societe-Skin-Hydration-Complex
Skin Hydration Complex
$99.00 inc. GST
A refreshing boost of hydration, Societe Skin Hydration Complex leaves the skin moisturised and elasticised. With strong antioxidant properties, Socie...
Dermaquest Skin Rehydrating Serum
Skin Rehydrating Serum
$150.00 inc. GST
Shower your skin with this intensive, lightweight hydrating serum, delivering immediate, luminous moisture, essential for all skin types. Through lipo...
Aspect-Dr-Soothing-Balm-118ml
Soothing Balm
$57.00 inc. GST
Comfort stressed skin with this soothing blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera, suitable for even the most sensitive complexions - Multi-p...
Aspect-Dr-Soothing-Kit
Soothing Kit
$160.00 inc. GST
The perfect support system for sensitive skin post-non-ablative procedures. Comprising three key products that work in harmony to soothe, calm and res...
Aspect Soothing-Kit
Soothing Kit
$160.00 inc. GST
Support your skin following professional salon procedures. Aspect Soothing Skin Kit is the ideal after-care routine, with soothing, calming ingredient...
DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Hydrafirm Serum
Stem Cell 3D Hydrafirm Serum
$360.00 inc. GST
Drench your skin in a cascade of moisture with the ultimate anti-aging serum, bursting with botanical stem cells. Soften the appearance of fine lines...
Aspect-Super-Moisturising-Complex-50g
Super Moisturising Complex
$92.00 inc. GST
A luxuriously rich moisturising cream formulated with hyaluronic acid to help plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Aspect SMC is a super-r...
Aspect-Super-PD-Complex-30ml
Super PD Complex
$135.00 inc. GST
Delay the visible signs of aging with this essential serum that super-charges any skin care regime. Boost luminosity and even out skin tone for a more...
Societe-Ultimate-Eye-Lift-System
Ultimate Eye Lift Dual Pack
$182.00 inc. GST
A two-step age reversal regimen that helps firm & plump the delicate skin surrounding the eye by producing immediate & long-term improvements....
Aspect-Dr-Ultra-Light-Hydration-50g
Ultra Light Hydration
$89.00 inc. GST
A lightweight oil-free moisturiser formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and essential vitamins to help replenish hydration. Aspect Dr Ultra Light Hydration...
Societe Vitamin-D-Complex
Vitamin D Complex
$199.00 inc. GST
A luxurious, hydrating cream formulated with Vitamin D to soothe and protect damaged skin that occurs with age. Boosting peptides and refining Pore Pe...
Cosmedix-Elite-X-Cell
X Cell+
$139.00 inc. GST
An exceptional skin brightening and stimulating corrective serum. LG-Retinex Complex comes together with powerful antioxidants and botanical extracts...
Cosmedix-Elite-X-Age
X-Age
$295.00 inc. GST
An age-defying moisturiser with Vitamin A & loaded with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to improve the skin's appearance and diminish the v...
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