The most important ingredient in a moisturizer is an ingredient known as: hyalurnan, sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a natural substance which is found in all living organisms and is the main component of the connective tissue in the human body.
HA can hold moisture at 1,000 times its molecular weight, which is more than any other natural substance.
HA is involved in tissue repair. When skin is excessively exposed to UVB rays, it becomes inflamed, causing sunburn. The cells in the dermis stop producing as much HA, and increase the rate of its degradation. Topical use helps hydrate the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Oily skin benefits from this substance as well, as the skin may be “water dry” and have some compromised barrier integrity or imbalance.
Watch labels to make sure your moisturizer contains it. It is great for all skin types, and as I like to call it “underwater” because it goes on under sun protectant during the day, and night serums and preparations at night.
I love Hy-Drate for the face,( this is the ultimate moisture gel) and Hydrating Body Tonic, (it tones and improves skin elasticity), both by Tu’el. This company was founded by Eva Friederichs who is one of the founding mothers of the professional skincare industry. Hy-drate has been a #1 seller for 20 years with this company – long before it was ever even known about by consumers or even industry professionals.
What’s in Hy-Drate?
Purified Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium 10, Dimethicone Copolyol, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. 2 oz. $42
A sister product to Hy-Drate is Hydrating Body Tonic. here is what Lori, Eva’s Esthetics president has to say:
My favorite product
I love this particular body product!!! Yes, three exclamations. Why do I love it so much? Absolutely, nothing comes close to how it makes my skin feel when I use it UNDER my body lotion. This may seem like too many things to put on, but we skin techie’s get quite skilled at layering. The interesting part is that the active ingredient is Sodium Hyaluronate which is the same ingredient in Hy-Drate (our number one product).
Another thing I really like is that since it is in a water base I can add my pure essential oil to it (about 5 drops to the 8 ounce bottle) and this essential oil becomes my very own perfume. Because it is a water solution the best way to apply it is directly after your shower. Get out, towel dry and apply the Hydrating Body Tonic. Be sure to do all parts like the undersides of your arms into your arm pits, which is an area that especially shows dehydration or age. Pump some into one hand and just bring it over to the area you are applying and rub in. Do your entire body and then layer your body lotion directly over that. No need to let it dry. You will actually use less body lotion.
I travel a lot which is really hard on the skin and so dehydrating. I promise you, this is one item I never leave home without.
– Lori Nestore
Aqua (Purified Water), Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Hydrolyzed Protein, SodiumHyaluronate, Eucalyptus Oil, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid. 8 oz. $23
See you at the spa!