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Is Hyaluronic Acid Worth The Hype?

Hyaluronic acid is touted as a great moisturizer and is commonly found in skincare products.  Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar that is produced naturally by your skin; for commercial purposes, it is commonly produced through microbial fermentation.  While it is effective at absorbing water, its effects are only temporary, wearing off by the end of the day.  In fact, there is no scientific proof that its cosmetic use can restore skin hydration and elasticity; a claim made by many in the skincare industry. Many products that contain hyaluronic acid claim that the moisturizing effects help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  

Aside from its effects being temporary, one of the key issues with hyaluronic acid in products is that the molecular size differs, depending on how the hyaluronic acid is produced.  Oftentimes, the hyaluronic acid molecule is too large to even effectively deliver hydration deep into the skin layers.  Companies may add carriers into their products to help the hyaluronic acid penetrate deeper into the skin; it is important to note that these carriers are not always natural.  

Instead of buying expensive and ineffective products, you can support your body’s own production of hyaluronic acid.  As with most things, your body slows down the production of hyaluronic acid as you age.  Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants, help to protect your skin from inflammation, which in turn helps your skin retain its natural hyaluronic acid.   

Edye’s Naturals makes the conscious choice to not use hyaluronic acid.  Instead, Edye’s Naturals focuses on using whole plant oils for long-lasting moisturizing effects.  Plant oils are not only moisturizing, but also benefit your skin with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, antimicrobials, and trace elements.  

Here is a look at some of the plant oils used in Edye’s Naturals products: 

-Organic Avocado Oil: This is known as a natural collagen builder. It is also high in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, beta-carotene, potassium, lecithin, and oleic oil. 

-Organic Camellia Oil: This oil is high in antioxidants, which help to repair dry and damaged skin.  It contains oleic, linoleic, and palmitic acids. 

-Organic Carrot Seed Oil: High in vitamin A and carotene oil, organic carrot seed oil helps to rejuvenate the skin’s appearance. 

-Organic Castor Seed Oil:  This oil helps to draw blood flow to the skin, helping to reduce puffiness and cleanse the pores.  

-Organic Coconut Oil:  Organic coconut oil penetrates deep into the skin. It is high in vitamin E, fatty acids, and lauric acid. 

-Organic Olive Oil: Organic olive oil is a wonderful, natural moisturizer.  It is high in vitamins A and E.  It also has antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. 

-Organic Grape Seed Oil:  This oil is another natural collagen builder.  It is high in vitamins D, C, and E, beta-carotene, fatty acids, and polyphenols. 

-Organic Jojoba Oil:  Organic jojoba oil has soothing and moisturizing properties.  In fact, it is antibacterial in nature and has anti-inflammatory properties.  Organic jojoba oil is high in vitamins A, E, B-complex, copper, zinc selenium, iodine, and chromium.

-Organic Rice Bran Oil: This oil helps to naturally increase skin elasticity.  It is known for helping to brighten and smooth skin-tone appearance.  Organic rice bran oil is high in vitamins E, B, squalene, fatty acids, beta-carotene, lycopene, and CoQ10. 

-Organic Shea Butter:  Organic shea butter promotes circulation and helps to rejuvenate the skin.  It is high in vitamins A, E, and F, linoleic, palmitic, stearic, cinnamic, and oleic fatty acids. 

-Organic Sweet Almond Oil: This oil is known for its anti-inflammatory effects.  It is used to help clean pores and diminish eye circles.  Organic sweet almond oil is high in vitamins A, E, and D. 

-Organic Sunflower Oil: This oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory effects.  It is used to reduce pore size and brighten the skin.  Organic sunflower oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.  

As you can see, the above oils offer moisturization and more.  Edye’s Naturals formulates each product with the health and longevity of your skin in mind.  Instead of offering a temporary solution, Edye’s Naturals products nourish your skin to help it heal and repair.  Be wary of skincare hypes and do your research when choosing products.  While hyaluronic acid is something that our skin produces naturally, it is not necessarily an ideal ingredient to use in skincare products.  Edye’s Naturals believes that plant-based oils have more to offer.  

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