|What is it?||Hyaluronic Acid is an incredible humectant and moisturizer that we include in our products for incredible hydration and skin plumping. You can learn a lot more about it here! The Hyaluronic Acid we use in our products is made by fermentation and is vegan.|
|Appearance||Fine white powder|
|Usage rate||0.01–2%. I typically use the 1% solution at 20%; aka 0.2% of the overall formulation.|
|Texture||Once made into a solution with water it is very slippy, leaving the skin soft and hydrated with no sticky after-feel.|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||Hyaluronic Acid is a fantastic humectant and moisturizer; I typically include a 1% solution at 20% in recipes for a 0.2% concentration to seriously boost the hydration power of a recipe.|
|Do you need it?||It’s definitely a luxury ingredient, but if you have very dry skin I would recommend it.|
|Strengths||It is an unbeatable humectant and moisturizer.|
|Weaknesses||It is pretty expensive—typically at least $5/g.|
|Alternatives & Substitutions||There really isn’t anything that performs like Hyaluronic Acid. “VEGELURON” is supposed to be a viable alternative, but I haven’t worked with it yet. If you don’t have Hyaluronic Acid for a recipe I’d probably swap it out for more water or aloe vera juice, and see if you can also include extra non-sticky humectant, like propanediol 1,3.|
|How to Work with It||Dissolve 1% in water with a sufficient preservative to create a solution (click here for instructions), and include that in the heated water phase of your recipes or cold-process it. Hyaluronic acid is effective at low amounts, so you shouldn’t need a lot.|
|Storage & Shelf Life||Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Hyaluronic Acid powder should last two years.|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||Different weights of Hyaluronic Acid will create different viscosities when made into a solution. Low molecular weight (LMW) makes a fairly thick gel. Higher weights will make thicker gels, lower weight will make thinner solutions.
Resist the temptation to make a high concentration solution (above 1%) right off the bat! You risk the Hyaluronic Acid not hydrating into the water and remaining as wasteful clumps.
|Recommended starter amount||10g (0.35oz) if the price is decent. This will make 1L of 1% stock. You can definitely buy less, every 1g = 100mL of 1% stock.|
|Where to Buy it||Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.|