Not All Hyaluronic Acid Is Equal! - Really Ree
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Not All Hyaluronic Acid Is Equal!

24 Nov 2015 (Updated: 19 Jan 2019)

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Ever since I have been interested in skincare I have been obsessed with Hyaluronic Acid and when I see it is included in a product, it makes me much more likely to want to try it. However, it wasn’t until last week that I discovered that not all hyaluronic acid is the same quality. There is good hyaluronic acid and not so good hyaluronic acid. Shock. Horror. Worse still, poor quality hyaluronic acid can actually do more harm than good. Suddenly I feel dizzy…

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So this was a revelation delivered to me by the extremely clever and inspiring chemist and founder of Bakel Skincare, Dr Rafaella Gregoris. I met with her to learn more about the brand’s expanding product range and the ethos behind the products.

Why should we care about Hyaluronic Acid?

“Everyone has heard of Hyaluronic Acid, but very few know exactly what it is. Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule contained in the body and one of the main components of the deepest layer of the skin. Thanks to its characteristics, this molecule is able to retain water in the skin therefore providing hydration. However, with the natural ageing process, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid contained in the skin diminishes, causing wrinkles and a less toned skin, especially on the face.”

Will any product with Hyaluronic Acid Work?

There are many products on the market claiming to combat wrinkles and fine lines, but their efficiency cannot be not simply granted by the presence of Hyaluronic Acid in the formulas and, despite what many could easily think, its efficiency is not proven by its quantity, but by its quality.

The quality of Hyaluronic Acid mainly varies in terms of dimensions and origin of its molecules. It goes without saying that these factors also influence the price of Hyaluronic Acid, that may vary up to ten times.”

Bad Hyaluronic Acid?

“Generally speaking, the majority of Hyaluronic Acid is from an animal derivative extracted from the rooster’s comb. This kind of substance has also been extracted from the leaves of the Opunthia (commonly known as prickly pear) so as to have a vegetal option or it has been synthetized.

However, these kinds of Hyaluronic Acid both prove to be cheap and highly ineffective. In fact, their molecules are too big to be absorbed correctly by the skin, staying on its surface and draining all the water from its deepest layers. What people may not know is that such a process easily leads to a fleeting lifting effect that, in reality, will only dehydrate their skin.”

Hyaluronic Acid in Bakel?

“To avoid negative results and to ensure an efficient and safe result for our consumers, Bakel has chosen to use a particular biotechnological Hyaluronic Acid, despite its great cost. In fact, this biotechnological Hyaluronic Acid molecules are the tiniest, most precious and most effective on the market and thanks to their dimensions, they can easily penetrate the skin therefore hydrating it.”

Does everyone need Hylauronic Acid in skincare?

Dr Gregoris concludes by saying “It is also important to remember that, even if over the years the communication made by the cosmetic industry has made us think that Hyaluronic Acid is some sort of “external substance” that we only need when ageing, it is in reality present in our body from the very beginning. This is why Hyaluronic Acid should be provided to all skin types and at every age.”

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I have been using the Bakel Jaluronic during the day and Malic serum at night, both followed by the Oxyregen for combination skin and Nutrieyes. Absolutely loving the results so far. All the products sink in completely and don’t leave behind any real slip, so I am slowly getting used to not feeling the residual sensation of products. My skin is looking smooth and plump and I feel like my enlarged pores are a little less noticeable. But it has only been a week so let’s see.

Many thanks to Rafaella for this HA focus. It’s so interesting and I have to say it has cleared up a few misconceptions for me. When it comes to Hyaluronic Acid, it seems we really do need to invest in high quality rather than quantity, for it to be available to the depths of the skin where it can be used.

Ree

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