When I first worked at CIIN and started learning and researching about all those delish beauty products and ingredients I discovered a world of beauty that lies at the tips of our fingertips and I became obsessed …wanting to try out everything. As I I became quite familiar with most popular ingredients, I turned into an ardent fan of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid and I became adept at recognising my skin’s needs on my own which is an impressive thing if I may be allowed to brag. That being said, imagine my surprise and utmost delight at stumbling upon a new ingredient that is said to be even more effective than hyaluronic acid and might actually become the next big thing in skincare…..meet polyglutamic acid.
What Is Polyglutamic Acid?
Polyglutamic acid is a humectant and this is a term you should become more familiar with. Humectants are ingredients that attract and grab on to the moisture in the environment and trap it in the skin to deliver more hydration. Polyglutamic acid is able to hold up to 5,000 times its weight in moisture, whereas hyaluronic acid can only hold on to moisture for 1,000 times its weight. And this is saying A LOT!
How Does It Work?
By attracting the moisture from the environment and retaining it, polyglutamic acid is able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it can also enhance the skin’s elasticity, plump the skin up, and provide an overall younger complexion.
Polyglutamic acid has another important job as well. It protects the hyaluronic acid supply that exists in the deeper layers of our skin. It does that by inhibiting an enzyme called hyaluronidase which works on breaking down the hyaluronic acid in our skin. Why is this beneficial you ask? Simply because it allows the skin to look and feel wonderful. It stops our skin from becoming dull and dry and it even helps increase the production of our moisturising acids that are worth mentioning here and which are, lactic acid, and urocanic acid.
How Can We Use It?
If you have dry skin, combining both hyaluronic acid and polyglutamic acid will do wonders for your skin. However, if your skin is on the oily side, you just have to befriend polyglutamic acid to keep your skin in balance. The best way to use these acids is in the form of serums which usually contain the highest amounts of active ingredients. Pat the serum unto your skin prior to using your daily moisturiser.
Do We Need To Use Anything Else With It?
For optimum function, you can pair your polyglutamic acid with squalane which helps to strengthen the skin barrier thus making it difficult for moisture to leak out of the skin. You can also benefit from adding products with glycerin which is another humectant that grabs the water and holds it in your skin. But don’t be tempted to throw out your hyaluronic acid, you will need them both because depending on molecule size each acid can sink to a different layer of the skin.
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