Sodium hyaluronate

Sodium hyaluronate is one of the few anti-aging ingredients that dermatologists recommend. It was put on the map when The Archives of Dermatology said it is one of three treatments proven to be clinically effective (the other two were retinol and laser resurfacing). Sodium hyaluronate (or hyaluronic acid) is a naturally occurring and widespread component found within the extra-cellular space within bodily tissues, especially those of the face. It pulls in moisture and fills up the spaces between the connective fibers, collagen and elastin in the dermis. Like most things, it decreases with age and, therefore, we need to top it up somehow. Here are the 2013 Five Best products with hyaluronic acid.

  • Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate

    Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate ($45 in the shop). This was a Five Best winner back in 2011 and since then the formula has been improved to include Syn-Hycan, while parabens and DMAE have been removed. Syn-Hycan is a tripeptide that helps boost hyaluronan content in the skin. Hyaluronan is a glucosaminoglycan (GAG) that consists of a long sugar chain that can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The simple formula has, of course, sodium hyaluronate and three types of vitamin B. Fantastic on its own, or layer it with a serum.
  • Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex

    Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex ($75 in the shop). Arcona rounds out the L-sodium hyaluronate with other proven anti-agers (retinol, Matrixyl 3000 and glycosaminoglycans), which maintain collagen, elastin and turgidity (bounce) in the cellular spaces. There are botanical antioxidants that include cranberry and carrot seed. Our tester saw a reduction in wrinkles, hydrated skin and improved skin tone.
  • Medik8 Growth Factor

    Medik8 Growth Factor ($160 in the shop). If you want your sodium hyaluronate with a cutting-edge anti-aging active, then check this out. Hyaluronic acid is the fourth ingredient after rosemary and vitamin B. They key anti-aging active is a growth factor that is bioidentical to human EGF, but synthetically produced. The serum is light, absorbs easily and does not leave a sticky residue. And, oh yes, it works. I found that it has a good effect on wrinkles – even those forehead ones – and very noticeable lifting and tightening qualities.
  • GCB About Face Serum

    GCB About Face Serum ($34 in the shop). A good performer and reasonably priced. The serum, with hyaluronic acid as the dominant ingredient, is almost hydrating enough to use on its own, but I found I liked layering the GCB Moisturizer. Botanical extracts include scullcap, a member of the mint family that has nearly 300 compounds, many of which are antioxidants. Joining it in GCB’s serum is marine collagen. Enjoyable to use and leaves skin hydrated and smooth.
  • E’shee Multi-Tensor Extreme Face Lift Serum

    E’shee Multi-Tensor Extreme Face Lift Serum ($159 in the shop). The dominant ingredient (after water) is sodium hyaluronate and a key active is whey protein, which contains essential amino acids and growth factors. Multi-tensor also has magnesium sulfate, an anti-inflammatory; manganese with antioxidant properties; zinc, an anti-immune booster; and copper. As the name implies, Muti-Tensor is an impressive skin-firming serum.