Keep Hyaluronic Acid in its closed container in a cool, dry place until ready to use. Be careful when using it in your formulations, because it is tricky to get the quantities correct and using too much may spoil a cream.
Each tube is enough for 4 fl oz of cream or lotion at approximately 1% concentration (1 g in 120 mL cream). Use in your favorite cream, or add to our Canvas Base Cream or our Sea Kelp Coral to increase moisturization.
A hyaluronic acid gel can be created by adding the powder to distilled water (1 gram per 2 or 3 fluid ounces of distilled water). This mix is unstable and will only last two or three days, even with refrigeration. To stabilize the solution, add Germaben II at 1%. Refrigerate the resulting mix, and use within two or three months.
Hyaluronic Acid can also be added to any cream, gel, or lotion to thicken a mixture. Add some powder to a small amount of water, let it absorb and form a gel, then mix into the desired product.
Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is NOT hyaluronic acid. The properties of hyaluronic acid depend on its molecular weight. In fact, if you make a solution of hyaluronic acid without the addition of preservative, it will be initially very viscous but, after a few days, it will be a liquid instead of a gel. Why? Because microorganisms degrade hyaluronic acid into smaller pieces (low molecular weight) and those fragments do not form a gel and will not prevent water loss from the skin. Moreover, fragments of hyaluronic acid have been shown to promote inflammation.*
Hyaluronic acid (a.k.a. hyaluronan, sodium hyaluronate) is a polysaccharide, made by animals and some bacteria (we use the cruelty free version produced by bacterial fermentation), with long chains made of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine alternating with glucuronic acid. In our skin, it stabilizes the intercellular (in-between cells) space in the dermis, and contributes significantly to cell proliferation, migration, and skin repair; activities essential to skin health.*
(*See reference tab for scientific resources)