Whether you’re a veritable beauty buff or a bona fide newbie, we’re willing to wager that you’ve come across hyaluronic acid on a beauty shelf somewhere. Even if you have not, guess what? It exists in our bodies—keeping tissues in our skin, eyes, and joints well-lubricated!
Why then do we need a skincare top-up if it is, indeed, a naturally occurring substance? Simply put, the supply doesn’t always meet the demand. The amount of hyaluronic acid we biologically produce is less than that required to keep hydration levels at an optimum, even more so as we age. Plus, if there’s anything we know about skin, it is that it loooooves moisture. And yes, we’re looking at you too, “Oily-Skin-Club Members”!
Skin + Moisture = Good. There are no two ways about it. But here’s a slight hitch. With the copious number of products on the market promising the same thing, where do you even begin? Are we expected to just know what works and pull the best option out of thin air?
Funnily enough, yes.
The Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum your answer to exceptional hydration for all skin types
On top of hydrating our skin from within, hyaluronic acid (HA) has the ability to draw moisture from the air around you and hold on to it. Not only that, it holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water, slowly allowing the skin to absorb moisture throughout the day. To put things into perspective, that is a litre of water per gram of hyaluronic acid!
With a substance this impressive, we knew we would be remiss in not synthesising our very own serum to unearth the full skin care treasure trove that is HA. And in true Handmade Heroes fashion, we didn’t just stop there.
Here is a rundown of four things we did to make The Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum a product unlike any other.
- We added some ‘shrooms.
Snow shrooms, to be exact! The snow mushroom—or tremella fuciformis—has long been a popular ingredient in traditional Asian medicine and delicacies. Renowned for its healing, hydrating and anti-ageing properties, it should come as no surprise that this natural ingredient found its place in the skincare industry.
The makeup of tremella mushrooms consists of complex sugars that are capable of forming a membrane which locks moisture in while penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. It is so effective that the resulting plumped-up skin and diminished wrinkle outcome is now commonly referred to as the “Tremella Effect”! If you ask us, these mushrooms really are magic in their own way. IYKYK.
- Also threw a little tamarind into the mix.
Hear us out. As much as that sounds like next week’s meal plan, it’s not. Seeing how skin care has become an increasingly meaningful part of self care, we believe that the experiential part of using a product truly makes a difference. Say hello to tamarindus indica seed gum, a gum obtained from the seeds of the tamarind plant. One of the important roles this ingredient plays in skincare production comes through in creating a silky, tactile fluid that gives a serum or gel that oh-so-pleasant, velvety feeling you get as you smooth the product out onto the skin. Ahhh...
That is not all, however. Tamarindus is also a humectant in its own right. It moisturises, improves the skin’s texture and enhances elasticity.
- We used not one, not two, but SEVEN different hyaluronic acids.
To illustrate the significance of this point, let’s all first remind ourselves that the skin is made up of multiple layers with different cellular structures and densities. In order to target separate layers of the skin and achieve desirable levels of hydration, we decided to incorporate a wide array of hyaluronic acids made from different natural sources—seven, to be exact. By doing this, we harnessed HA molecules that cover a whole spectrum of molecular weights.
Certain derivatives, such as hydrolysed sodium hyaluronate (or miniHA), are of a ultra-low molecular weight. This means they can penetrate deeper into the skin and some studies have shown that they possess superior antioxidant properties. Meanwhile, larger HA molecules serve as a water reservoir on the skin’s outer layers, preventing water loss.
- As always, we made sure it’s all vegan.
HA can be produced from both animal and plant sources. Animal-based HA is extracted from the coxcomb of roosters (the red fleshy part atop its head) and closely resembles the HA found in human bodies. Plant-based HA, which is the type we’ve used in formulating The Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum, is a result of microbial fermentation, a process that allows for the extraction of molecular weights perfectly suited for use in skincare. To top it off, manufacturing the latter is more environmentally friendly and cruelty-free.
Alright then, we know you’ve got ‘Skin + Moisture = Good’ memorised. Now, let’s move on to a new formula:
You + HA - (Waiting + Thinking + Contemplating) = Glowing, youthful, and bouncy skin!
Quench that thirst, click here to dive right into The Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum now!
Words by Alyssa Lee