The mighty molecule

Medical Grade HA in skincare

“There are two criteria you have to know about Hyaluronic Acid, size and grade. Medical grade HA is a truly precious ingredient, and unless it is the right weighted molecule it will not fully penetrate your skin and will sit ineffectually on the surface.” Dr. Sam Asculai, Visible Youth’s Chief Scientist.

Hyaluronic acid can absorb and retain 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an extraordinarily powerful hydrator. It is a mighty molecule. HA has also been used extensively in medical applications for drug delivery, today it is widely used in skincare, delivering powerful formulas. Here we examine the criteria for its effective use.

When to use HA
A twenty-year old’s complexion is supple, firm and wrinkle free, but even at this tender age the percentage of Hyaluronic Acid in our skin begins to decrease. HA assists skin cell function in three ways: it smooths wrinkles, delivers essential nutrition to the skin cells and removes waste from the cells. HA needs to be replenished to maintain strong, supple, smooth skin.

Penetrating the skin
The skin has an acid mantle which is designed to keep bad things out. Skin pores are essentially secretion channels for sweat and sebum. So, you also have to consider if the skincare formula contains actives you want to penetrate the skin. If the HA is not of sufficiently high quality, it may not only be ineffectual but could cause inflammation and irritation.

HA in medicine and skincare
Like so many medical discoveries the formula behind Visible Youth was the serendipity of science. Dr Asculai made the advance while researching skin regeneration for cancer patients. Medical Grade Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is as pure as the HA we are born with, it is supremely effective in fighting inflammatory skin conditions and promoting skin healing, it also lubricates joints and relieves osteoarthritic pain. Medical Grade HA is a highly precious ingredient so when incorporated in skincare that will be reflected in the price and the results. But returning to the real discovery, this was the precision delivery of the molecule where it works.

Molecule weight and precision delivery
If the HA molecules are not calculated to be the right weight they will largely remain on the skin’s surface and the medicine or skincare will have negligible effect. Reaching the deeper dermis where lines are formed, required a breakthrough in molecule delivery. Dr Asculai, Visible Youth’s Chief Scientist has made what has come to be known as the Golden Calculation™. After decades of research, he identified the optimal HA molecule weight (measured in kilodaltons) to achieve precision delivery, not too deep, not too shallow. ‘… like docking a space module’.

Probably the most powerful molecule in skincare
Visible Youth is powered by the revolutionary skincare technology Hyoglass™. Rooted in 30 years of medical and biomaterial science, Hyoglass™ captures unique regenerating biomaterial in the optimal weight molecule of hyaluronic acid and delivers it precisely to where it is effective for a visibly youthful complexion.

Science at our heart
The name Visible Youth tells you all you need to know about our skincare goal, a radiant, healthy complexion which defies the passage of time. Achieving this through advanced medical science is at the heart of everything we do.

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