You’ve probably seen this ingredient popping up in so many products. What exactly is sodium hyaluronate and why is it revered in our industry?
Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of yet another skin superstar – hyaluronic acid (HA).
1. Before we talk about Sodium hyaluronate, let’s talk about HA
HA is a popular ingredient in anti-aging products and there’s no wonder why. It is a naturally-formed compound in our body that decreases in production and amount as the skin ages. Hyaluronic acid is what keeps the skin plump through its water retaining abilities and is one of three components that keeps wrinkles from forming (the other two being collagen and elastin).
2. Sodium hyaluronate can hold water up to 1,000 times its weight.
Despite its tiny molecular size, sodium hyaluronate is definitely not lagging in terms of hydrating power! It also helps your skin retain and absorb water better, making your face appear fuller and plumper, making it a power ingredient in anti-aging products. Products with sodium hyaluronate not only replenish the lost moisture but also do not leave your skin feeling or looking like an oil slick. This ingredient is also known to be suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
3. Sodium hyaluronate is smaller in molecular size than HA
This translates to greater permeability; it will be able to penetrate the skin more deeply than hyaluronic acid. In other words, while it works its hydrating magic beneath the skin, HA helps form a protective moisturizing layer on top of the skin to seal it in!
With such amazing benefits, what’s not to love?
Here are some products that contain this powerful ingredient: