June 18 2018 - Skin Care 101
The awful truth about vegan Hyaluronic Acid18 April 2018
If you believed all the hype on the internet, you’d think Hyaluronic Acid was a miracle moisturiser.
In reality, the opposite is true – and to a startling degree.
That’s why you’ll never find Hyaluronic Acid in a Simplicité product, not even the so-called vegan version.
Founder David Lyons sees beyond the hype because more than 30 years of clinical experience tells him Hyaluronic Acid will not give lasting results. And here’s why:
How Hyaluronic Acid is made
Vegan Hyaluronic Acid is often used in organic and natural skin care ranges, so you would expect that it is made entirely from plants. You might even hear that it is extracted from wheat through a fermentation process. Sounds wholesome enough.
But the ugly truth is, most vegan Hyaluronic Acid is made in China through the fermentation of Streptococcus zooepidemicus, bacteria commonly found in the bowels and lungs of horses with influenza.
However this venture, using Bacillus subtilis fermentation as a source, failed commercially.
Streptococcus zooepidemicus (horse flu) bacteria
(No self-respecting vegan would use this stuff if they knew.)
It’s not much better than non-vegan Hyaluronic Acid, which is made from rooster combs, eyeballs and giblets. Doesn’t bear thinking about, really.
Non-vegan Hyaluronic Acid is made from rooster combs and other animal tissue.
Why Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t deliver
As a naturally occurring molecule in our epidermis, Hyaluronic Acid is a marvellous thing. It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, promote collagen production and give skin that delightful plumpness we all associate with youth.
But, sadly, once naturally occurring HA is lost through ageing, it is gone for ever. Using products that contain Hyaluronic Acid in the hope it will draw moisture to the skin, or replenish our natural stores, is wishful thinking. This applies just as much to Hyaluronic Acid supplements as to Hyaluronic Acid skin care.
In fact, due to the very large size of its molecules, Hyaluronic Acid has a hard time penetrating the epidermis. Users of Hyaluronic Acid skin care products frequently complain of the product “pilling” on their skin, which is all the evidence you need that it is not being absorbed.
So, the irony is that, as it sits on the surface of the skin, Hyaluronic Acid – with its great affinity for water – actually draws moisture out of the epidermis where it is most needed.
Yes, despite claims to the contrary, Hyaluronic Acid will actually dehydrate your skin over time.
Not only that, but Hyaluronic Acid has been shown to promote the build-up of keratin cells. These are the cells responsible for the flakiness you see on sun-damaged skin. So even if you think you see some improvement initially, it will soon be all downhill from there.
So, what’s the alternative?
At Simplicité, when we say our products are ‘natural’, we mean handcrafted from plant extracts that are easily absorbed, high in quality, and in concentrations designed to resist the damaging effects of sun and ageing.
We don’t use dubious powders from China. We don’t bulk up our products with unnecessary fillers or disguise natural aromas with fragrance. We certainly would never use cheap ingredients, such as Hyaluronic Acid, that promise results but don’t deliver.
Instead, we are meticulous in creating the concentrated, medicinal-grade plant extracts that go into our certified organic products.
And most importantly, for 25 years now, our products have given consistently stunning results for perfectly hydrated skin.
Avoid Hyaluronic Acid if you want great skin
If it is younger-looking skin you seek, forget about Hyaluronic Acid.
The best way to try natural and organic skin care that gives results and is made from effective, non-pathogenic ingredients is to start with our Basic Six Trial Pack. Take this simple Skin Test to determine which pack to choose.
Our Results Lift Gel is a lightweight, natural vitamin C formula that helps to hydrate and refresh dull, tired skin.
Simplicité Face Oils are also especially formulated for deep rehydration and will leave your skin feeling soft and supple, never oily. Apply as a nourishing primer before makeup and under your moisturiser before you go to bed at night.
You’ll sleep easier, knowing you’re properly hydrating your skin with products that aren’t made from a horse flu pathogen.
What are your experiences with Hyaluronic Acid?
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The first page of the first reference below, a published scientific article, discusses what the source of non-animal HA and its salts are. On the subsequent pages there is a reference to Bacillus fermentation as an alternative, safer source. However, it appears that production of this Bacillus source failed commercially.