Episode Title: Hyaluronic Acid in Korean Skincare Ep-59
Today we’re taking a look at hyaluronic acid in Korean skincare - why it’s a wonder ingredient and some of the best K-Beauty hyaluronic acid products on the market.
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The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) recently published a notification of cosmetics violating the advertisement requirements. As online shopping for homecare products surged during COVID 19 pandemic, MFDS inspected over 500 cosmetics sold online, finding that 336 products made false claims of medical efficacies, most of which were cellulite cream.
Phrases like “scar treatment” and “fat reduction” were being used to describe ordinary cosmetics, rather than registered drugs and treatments.
In Korea, cosmetics are products that “apply, rub, spray, etc. to the human body in order to clean, beautify, maintain or improve the health of skin and hair, and have minor effects on the human body.” By their definition, these are not products that have ‘medical’ effects’ and therefore brands need to be very careful in the types of claims they make about products that are ordinary cosmetics.
The authority emphasized the importance of promoting products legally, and showed the examples of non-compliance advertisement cases for brands to use as a guide.
If you answered “acid”, you’d be wrong. Unlike the name might suggest, hyaluronic acid is actually ahumectant (a molecule that attracts water).
It’s a different category than actual acids like BHAs, AHAs and the like.
Hyaluronic acid is actually naturally found in the skin as well as the connective tissues in the body, where it acts as a cushioning and lubricant for joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes.
Part of the reason young skin is so smooth and elastic is that it naturally contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid, which helps it stay healthy. Hyaluronic acid is even used in lip fillers for cosmetic surgery as it is great for plumping.
One gram of hyaluronic acidcan hold up to six liters of water.
This water-binding and attracting property allows it to fill up the spaces between the collagen and elastin in the skin, which helps skin stay supple and prevents wrinkles forming in dry skin.
This quality also makes hyaluronic acid great formoisturising skin.
Dehydration is one of the main reasons behind skin ageing. For this reason, hyaluronic acid – which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have ingredient when it comes to repairing skin’s moisture barrier.
Hyaluronic acid also promotes collagen formation.
Collagen fibres are broken down naturally as they are exposed to free radicals and UV radiation. This causes premature wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Reducing free radicals is the key to promoting normal levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid- although it does occur naturally in the body, the ingredient in your skincare products has gone through chemical processing in order to be effective in a topical formula. This form of hyaluronic acid is characterised by a large molecular weight and is therefore unable to penetrate the skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate- this is a common way to turn pure hyaluronic acid into a topical form. It involves extracting its sodium salt. The benefit of sodium hyaluronate is that it has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. It’s great for plumping the skin and reducing the look of wrinkles.
Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid - this breaks down the hyaluronic acid in a chemical reaction with water. This works on the skin’s surface to attract and bind water to the skin.
This utilises a “moisture gel matrix” which holds the moisturising and skin conditioning ingredients in the mask together in a hydrating mesh structure. This is designed to immediately increase skin’s hydration upon application.
Jelly Ko Bubble Tea Steam Cream contains sodium hyaluronate. This is ideal for skin restoring, replenishing and plumping, giving you that classic “K-Beauty glow”.
This essence is infused with Glutathione (100ppm), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid (100ppm) and more to provide elasticity and nutrition for youthful looking skin.
This revitalizing post-cleanse toner contains Hyaluronic Acid (45%) and Seabuckthorn Extract (5%), offering deep hydration while nourishing and soothing sensitive skin. It’s the perfect choice to revitalize rough, dry skin.
This potent hydrator gives skin the optimum level of moisture, offering deep nutrition with Sodium Hyaluronate (4,000ppm). It feeds and enriches the skin for a healthy glow.
This highly functional moisturising cream is perfect for all skin types, combining 30% of hyaluronic acid with ceramides, plant oils and more. The moisture molecules attracted by hyaluronic acid is easily delivered to the skin, keeping it soft and hydrated for longer.
Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask is also made with sodium hyaluronate, meaning it really goes to work on plumping and smoothing your skin overnight while you sleep.
This intensely hydrating cream boosts the skin’s moisture content and seals hydration inside, protecting it from further loss of hydration. With sea buckthorn oil providing nourishing vitamins and amino acids, it’s an excellent antioxidant to help repair cells and slow signs of aging.
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream – STYLE STORY’s all-time best-selling Korean BB Cream combines makeup and skincare in one, containing SPF42+ sun protection, anti-wrinkle and skin brightening properties. It also contains star beauty ingredient hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides, which helps protect your skin’s barrier.
"Dehydration is one of the main reasons behind skin ageing. For this reason, hyaluronic acid – which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have ingredient when it comes to repairing skin’s moisture barrier."- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast
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