February 14 2019 - Skin Care 101
Vegan Hyaluronic Acid - made using genetically manipulated Bacillus18 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 truth is, one 'vegan' version of Hyaluronic Acid uses Bacillus subtilis (a bacteria that is found in soil and the gut of humans and some types of animals) which has been modified, mainly in Chinese factories, by deleting certain genes, inserting a gene from Streptococcus equisimilus and then cloning.1.
Another 'vegan' Hyaluronic Acid is made, again mainly in Chinese factories, through the fermentation of Streptococcus zooepidemicus, a bacteria commonly found in the bowels and lungs of horses with influenza.2.
Whether 'vegan' HA is made from the former or latter version above, our point is that it still will not of any help to skin.
Apart from that, surely no self-respecting vegan would use this stuff if they knew its origins.
One version of HA is made from
Streptococcus zooepidemicus (horse flu) bacteria.
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.
Whatever its source, Hyaluronic Acid can't help
Using products that contain Hyaluronic Acid, no matter how this is sourced, 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 5., 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.
Hyaluronic Acid will deplete your skin
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?
Certain eye disorders and joint problems can show significant improvement with forms of Hyaluronic Acid.
In the world of skin care, our hope is that those who choose to use the various forms of hyaluronates, back up their skin care regime with plant sourced nutrients. It's our choice to avoid them.
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.
There isn't a 'plant based' Hyaluronic Acid
Please note: Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate exists ONLY in the tissues of mammals, or the exterior wall of Streptococcal bacteria.
Polysaccharides from the Cassia/Senna plant are not Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate. These polysaccharides are merely claimed to ‘mimic’ the action of HA.
The Cassia/Senna plant has a long history as being used as a laxative. It’s also a known sensitiser to human skin.
Alleged ‘proven science’ about Senna polysaccharides on manufacturer’s websites is nothing more than a simple self-run test. These tests are not properly controlled, independent studies. They are not published on any recognised reference websites such as NCBI.
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