Anti-Aging Ingredient in Focus: Hyaluronic Acid


Hyaluronic acid has been around for ages - it's not a new sensation. Beauty editors and anti-ageing aficionados are having a serious love affair with hyaluronic acid, or simply “HA” to true beauty junkies. This naturally-occurring polysaccharide or large complex sugar (yes, it’s not a fruit acid!) found in the human body acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, skin and eyes. It’s particularly important to skin appearance since about 50 percent of the body’s supply is located in the cutaneous tissues, where the viscous jelly-like substance maintains skin’s inner hydrobalance (HA is said to retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water!), keeping our dermis plump, radiant, cushiony soft and supple. However, as with most fun things (alas), hyaluronic acid levels naturally deplete as we grow older, which is why it's important to top-up the tank.

What does it do?
When applied topically—most often in the form of serum or lotion—HA enables the skin to hold onto water. In fact, it pulls moisture from the air into the skin. This is beneficial in two way: it immediately plumps fine lines and diminishes dryness, but it also creates an environment for better cell turnover, which creates younger-looking skin over time. Essentially, it’s a miracle product for dry or aging skin.

In our books, this is a stellar ingredient. If hyaluronic acid is not already a staple in your skincare line-up, it should be - especially after sun exposure and summer holiday stressors which can leave your skin parched. Start reaping the benefits of hyaluronic acid by introducing your skin to these gems!



#1. Hyaluronic Acid Injectables
Replenishing skin’s HA directly through injectables not only restores deep hydration, but also bathes cells in life-giving water to optimise cellular function. There is also evidence that microinjection of HA stimulates fibroblastic collagen production. Kate Bosworth's bare skin is the stuff of perpetual post-facial dreams – quenched with healthy vitality and radiating a sexy gleam from within. The secret to holding on to that elusive all-day dewy glow is hydration. Before you rush to soak in a tub of lotion only to emerge goopy, know that we are talking about the inner hydrobalance deep within your dermis, and not merely the surface hydration that you can achieve with moisturisers.

Revitalift replenishes the natural store of hyaluronic acid in your dermis via a series of microinjections, thereby restoring skin’s ability to lock in life-giving aqua for supple, vibrant skin that’s dripping delicious youth.


Revitalift Face, SGD $1926, available at The Sloane Clinic Branches. 


#1. Sloane Inc Miracle Lift S9.6
Sloane Inc Miracle Lift is a deceivingly featherweight moisturizer goes beyond barrier-fortifying, line-plumping hydration by optimizing nocturnal dermal repair with a heavy-duty blend of potent peptides and vital vitamins, as well as providing instant contour lifting in the day to deliver visible results you’ve been waiting for – without the wait. 

Available at Sloane Shop: http://bit.ly/1Xs18sd
Available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/296iEPI

USD $170




#2. J.One Jelly Pack
Created by Ha Jiwon, popular Korean actress and K-beauty trendsetter, the J.One Jelly Pack is a multi-tasking one step that condenses your morning skincare routine. The unique jelly texture melts into the skin with gentle patting, creating an ultra smooth canvas for flawless makeup application. Fragmented hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates while fullerene acts as an “oxygen magnet” to brighten complexion. The makeup gripping properties also helps the silky smooth application of any foundation or sunscreen used afterwards. The Jelly Pack is also nicknamed the 'corset mask' for its instantly tensing and firming effect.

USD $42, available Glowrecipe.com





#3. Skin Inc Hyaluronic Acid Serum LONG-LASTING HYDRATION
Rich in hyaluronic acid, this serum replenishes and retains an abundance of moisture for long-lasting hydration. It contains hydrolzed hyaluronic acid to ensure deeper absorption. Patented Japanese seaweed encapsulation technology allows for an effective delivery of pure, potent ingredients, while the humectant-rich base delivers lasting hydration. Layer individually or blend with up to two additional Skin Inc. customizable serums to provide optimal results and create a powerful, multipurpose product. 

USD $45, available at Sephora.com




#4. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask
Soothe, hydrate and nourish skin that’s in need of repair with Rodial’s rejuvenating Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask. Sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree, Dragons Blood acts like a protective film on the over the face, shielding delicate skin from environmental damage. This deeply moisturising restorative mask is a must-have multi-tasker for your skincare regime, combining the potent natural anti-inflammatory properties of Dragon’s Blood with hydrating hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture into the skin for a plumping effect. Fine lines and wrinkles are instantly filled and imperfections smoothed away. Redness is reduced and glow restored, leaving skin looking firmer, healthier and visibly rejuvenated.

£39, available at Spacenk.com


#5. Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask
Sleep is when the body repairs itself. Make use of this precious healing period with this weightless, leave-on mask that creates a protective barrier on your skin, locking in vital moisture and nutrients while you “beauty sleep.” Hyaluronic acid macromolecule feeds continuous moisture deep into the dermal layer, replenishing skin’s nighttime water supply, while olive leaf and cranberry strengthen the skin barrier to boost elasticity. A fragrant blend of nine essential oils promote a deep, comforting sleep, leaving your skin ultimately revitalized and you refreshed.

USD $48, available at Sephora.com

#6. Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream was formulated specifically to target ‘crows feet’ wrinkling in the delicate eye area. The formula with a combination of high and low molecular Hyaluronic Acid works on both existing and emerging wrinkles and additionally contains bio-active Glycine Saponin. SPF 15 plus UVA protection reduces premature ageing and the deepening of eye area wrinkles to leave the skin looking smoother and more youthful.

£22.00 , available at Boots.com



#7. Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint
This foundation delivers a luminous glow, while UVA/UVB SPF 15 helps protect skin from the sun. Formulated with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion®, it reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supports the tightening of sagging skin. First, it helps to plump skin with clinical levels of hyaluronic filling spheres that expand to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. It supports the tightening of skin active glycopeptides, known for their targeting of sagging and wrinkled skin. For a perfectly flawless look this foundation infuses the skin’s surface with pearlescent pigments for a luminous finish.

USD $55, available at Nordstrom.com


#8. WEI Lotus Blossom Thirst Relief Sheet Mask
The perfect, quick-fix way to lessen visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, WEI Beauty’s Lotus Blossom Thirst Relief Sheet Mask is impregnated with a potent, plumping and rehydrating essence of lotus blossom, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant lingzhi (reishi) mushroom extract, to flood cells with much-needed moisture, diminish depth of crease and provide consistent, antioxidant protection. Completely oil-free (this won’t clog your pores or exacerbate congestion), this brings immediate relief from any tightness or discomfort, while revitalising lifeless-looking skin and restoring an enviable, youthful dewiness. It’s perfect during or post-flight to counteract the moisture-sapping effects of the plane cabin atmosphere. 

£48.00 for a box of 6 sheet masks, available at CultBeauty.co.uk


#9. Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Moisturizer
Natural ingredient Blue HyaluronTM boosts skin’s reserves of moisture-trapping hyaluronic acid to plump skin from within. A single application delivers 72hrs of hydration. Skin feels intensely plumped, fresh and fine lines are pushed away.

$SGD 69, available at BiothermSG.com




#10. Cerave Moisturizing Cream
It may not be the sexiest jar on the shelf, but this stuff has substance. CeraVe™ Moisturizing Cream provides all-day moisturization with a single application and is clinically proven to increase skin hydration. It contains ceramides, naturally occurring components of the skin that play a key role in enhancing and restoring the skin's protective function. Also included are vital humectants and emollients to replenish and retain needed moisture

USD $15.79, available at Drugstore.com



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