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Is hyaluronic acid a natural ingredient?

Is hyaluronic acid a natural ingredient?

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Published February 20, 2024, by Maylis, Chemical Engineer — 5 min read

Hyaluronic acid is a complex molecule that naturally exists within the body, predominantly in the dermis where it ensures hydration. Many professionals use it in the form of injections to reduce wrinkles. It is also found in numerous cosmetic treatments for the skin and even hair.

The first hyaluronic acid-based skincare made its debut in the 70s. At that time, this active ingredient was ofanimal origin : it was extracted from rooster combs following a chemical treatment, grinding, and purification process.

Today, out of ethical concerns and in order to comply with regulations, the microbial production of hyaluronic acidhas replaced its extraction from animal sources.

The growth and development of biotechnologies have made it economically feasible to utilize bacterial fermentation processes of hyaluronic acid and thus promote its use in cosmetics.

Hyaluronic acid can therefore be obtained through afermentation process from plant material such as wheat, corn, or soybeans that contain this molecule.

Wheat grains are subjected to fermentationwith a lactic bacteria, followed by a series of solvent-free purification steps to achieve a pure and high-quality final product.Finally, it is dehydrated to obtain a powder. When mixed with water, it forms a gel of varying texture.

At Typology, the hyaluronic acid found in our products is of plant origin; it isderived from the fermentation of wheat.

Our hyaluronic acid skincare treatments:

  • In order to remove impurities without drying out the skin, the moisturizing cleansing milk contains 0.5% ofhyaluronic acid combined with chamomile extract.It includes a base of gentle, biodegradable surfactants of natural origin that create a softfoam to cleanse the skin while respecting its balance. It is applied to damp skin in the morning and/or evening, directly with the fingers. The milk emulsifies upon contact with water into a fine foam, facilitating the rinsing step.

  • To enhance the makeup removal process, the hydrating toner made from hyaluronic acid and aloe vera regulates the skin's pH, hydrates, and soothes it.

  • To plump the skin and prevent or reduce wrinkles, apply 3 to 4 drops of our plumping serum with 3% hyaluronic acid daily, morning and evening on clean, dry face.

  • In order to diminish the appearance of dehydration fine lines, restore suppleness and tone to the skin, reduce feelings of tightness, and hydrate your skin, opt for the nourishing face cream formulated with shea butter and 1% hyaluronic acid.

  • Minimalist and fragrance-free, the face moisturizing cream with 9 hydrating ingredients moisturizes the epidermis. Its light and non-greasy texture is suitable for dry, normal, and combination skin, even sensitive ones.

  • In the case of dehydrated hands, the hand balm with 10 ingredients is enriched with hyaluronic acid and helps to soften the skin. Apply a dab of the moisturizing balm morning and evening on the hands and massage until completely absorbed by the skin. Repeat the application in case of dryness and tightness sensation.

Sources:

  • GEMEINER R. & al. Hyaluronic acid : a natural biopolymer with a broad range of biomedical and industrial applications. Biotechnology Letters (2007).

  • SANTANA M.H.A. & al. Microbial production of hyaluronic acid from agricultural resource derivatives. Bioresource Technology (2010).

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