Lets start with a recap of what Hyaluronic acid (HA) is shall we?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The HA within our bodies holds a thousand times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin and joints, but also prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air.
When used in skincare products like creams and serums, hyaluronic acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin to keep it plump and hydrated. Because of its ability to draw and hold water, it can be used as a humectant in your skin care regimen.
So what about Pine Bark Extract?
Maritime pine trees grow in an area southwest of France. The bark is used to make "Pycnogenol", the registered trademark name for the more commonly known name: pine bark extract.
The way it works is that the extract helps to bind amino acids which are key in the production of collagen and elastin. It helps to protect our skin from the breaking down of these two proteins. It also has powerful antioxidants, that help fight free radicals on the skin. Both of these help keep the skin looking young and feel more firm and supple.
All the while pine bark helps to keep and retain what our skin already has, it also boosts our skin functions to help regenerate collagen. The restorative effects of the ingredient actually help improve the natural skin barrier we have, helping it to stay healthy and looking fresh.
A study showed that using pine bark extract for 12 weeks helped improve the hyaluronic acid production in the skin by 44%.
The hero benefit that pine bark has is in promoting moisture in our skin.
Find pine bark extract and hyaluronic acid in our hydration boost serum: Hydra-Marine & in our Hydration enhancer mist: Beyond the Surface.