Hyaluronic Acid The Best Alternatives

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Hyaluronic Acid is the beauty darling of
the beauty industry, and it’s no wonder! It can hold up to a THOUSAND times its
weight in water! So it is being added to everything from shampoos, body creams, and
everything else in between. Hi, my name is Christy Greene and I am the owner of Go
See Christy Beauty Boutique, located in Southern California. And I have been
treating clients with Acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and
wrinkles, and other skin conditions for over eleven years, and today we’re going
to be talking about some alternatives to Hyaluronic Acid, because it is not the
only humectant that works on your skin. We’re going to be comparing and
contrasting between the different humectants. Including one that is
BURSTING onto our skincare scene now. It has been seen in Asian skin care, and
it’s actually a regular part of the Asian diet, so it’s both helpful on the
skin, but also consuming it. So we’re going to be talking about that a little
bit later. Okay, so the first one is actually like the middle child — it’s
always there but never really noticed. And that’s a Glycerin and Urea. It’s a
fairly inexpensive ingredient and it’s actually in most, in most products. It’s
actually ranks higher on moisturizers, and skincare conditioners, and hair
conditioners, higher than Sodium Hyaluronate or Hyaluronic Acid. And
because it is a humectant, it actually increases the hydration on the skin and
by infusing moisture into the skin cells. The next one is Sodium PCA, and Sodium
PCA holds up to 250 times its weight in water. So you can see why Hyaluronic Acid
it’s a thousand times its weight in water, and then Sodium PCA — which is also
a natural occurring ingredient in your skin, we produce less of it as we get
older, just like Hyaluronic Acid — but it comes down to 250 times its weight in
water. Now Sodium PCA is the Sodium form of Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid. So when
you see Sodium PCA, it’s mainly used as a humectant in skincare products and hair
products, and typically what you will see is the
concentration of 0.2 to 4% in those products. And like I mentioned before, it
is a natural part of your skin, it is in the NFF-, N-M-F, theN Moisturizing
Factor component in your skin — it’s all the way up to 12%. It’s also non-comedogenic. So in the world of Cosmetic Chemistry, Sodium PCA is actually
considered to be more effective in humectant properties than Glycerin and
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notification bell to get notified when we have new videos up every week. So this
new, fairly new ingredient may be giving Hyaluronic Acid a run for its fame and
its money. And that ingredient is called Tremella Fuciformis, otherwise known as
“Snow Mushroom”. Now this is, once again, it’s fairly common in the Asian skin care
and in Asian diets, and it’s now slowly starting to show up in several of our
skincare products. In clinical studies, Snow Mushroom has been shown to reduce
or clear chest congestion, Asthma, reduce inflammation, help control constipation,
reduce cholesterol levels, and balance out sugar levels. So I mentioned that the
Asians use this as a part of their diet as well as in their skin care and in
Chinese medicine. So the Chinese have used it in everything from soups all the
way to desserts, and the Japanese call this Shiro Ki-kurage, which
basically means “white tree jellyfish”, and I actually was eating and I didn’t even
know what this was. So it’s basically a seasoned or marinated in a seasoned
sauce, and then they cut it up really thin, and they put it on top of rice or
noodles just as a seasoning. And one of the most beneficial reducing inflammation ingredient of the Snow Mushroom is the Polysaccharides — it’s very, very
beneficial. And I will include the links to different serums that you can take a
look at in the description below, including a nutritional supplement, if
you want to go ahead and get one — I think there’s one from Moon Juice, which is
they put a beauty-shroom-Collagen supplement if you want to do that. And
obviously, if you’re Asian you’re probably eating it and you don’t even
realize that you are, like I was! So when we were talking about Hyaluronic Acid
holds a THOUSAND times its water weight, that’s way up here, and then we talked
about Sodium PCA, which holds about 250 times its water weight, and that’s about
right here, well the Snow Mushroom is in the middle —
it holds up to 500 times its weight in water. However, it does have several
benefits that Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t offer. So here are some of the benefits
that the Snow Mushroom offers that Hyaluronic Acid may not be able to
compete in. So the first one is, the Snow Mushroom hydration particles are much
smaller than the Hyaluronic Acid, and therefore it may be able to penetrate
the skin a little bit easier. It also has the ability to form a flexible hydration
film on top of the skin, which then increases the skin’s ability to hold on
to its moisture. Also, the Snow Mushroom has been shown to improve
hyperpigmentation up to 59.7%, and because in Asian
countries hyperpigmentation is a fairly common skin condition, that’s how it
became pretty popular in most of the Asian skincare products. It has well
over EIGHTEEN different Amino Acids in it that also has proven to increase
wound-healing, or again, ew-epithelialization, so it can heal Acne lesions much faster. Now
there are other humectant ingredients that we’re going to talk about but that
don’t have the the moisturization or hydration
properties of the ones mentioned, but one of them is Lactic Acid, so it is a gentle
exfoliating agent, but it also is hydrophilic — it does increase hydration
in the skin — it also contains ingredients to help decrease hyperpigmentation, so
decreasing the skin’s ability to form hyperpigmentation, so it does have some
lightening-and-brightening agents. The other one is Oat Milk. So Oat Milk not
only has humectant properties, but it also contains anti-oxidants and essential
fatty acids. Some of the other ones that are not mentioned as much are Soy
Isoflavones, Chasteberry Extract, which is a phyto extract hormone that helps
increase the hydration or humectant properties of the skin, and another one
is Panthenol. So there is a whole list of things both synthetic — man-made — or
natural that are humectants, but these are some of the ones that you can look
at your ingredients to see what they’re using for humectant properties. Now, if
you’re really looking to hydrate and moisturize your skin, you do need to know
the differences between humectants, which we talked about today, the emollients, and
occlusive agents. And so if you haven’t watched the video yet on the “Best
Moisturizers and Dry Skin”, even though we are coming out of the Winter, it is
really important to see what the differences are and what the balances
you need to have for each different skin type. So go ahead and catch that video. Or
“How to Treat Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin” because you may be using the wrong
moisturizer if you have dry skin or dehydrated skin, but, because both of them
have two different needs, because remember make-up is an ART and
skin care is a SCIENCE!

38 thoughts on “Hyaluronic Acid The Best Alternatives

  1. Thank you for this knowledge. I really did not understand how HA worked once it hit your skin. You are super awesome 💜👸

  2. Please remember that if you are interested in other forms of humectants, some of of the product links are in the description as well as the links to sources. Thank you! I was telling my mom about the skin care benefits as she was making a broth from mushroom for ramen and she said ," This is not new news." I guess she showed me up…..LOL!!!!

  3. Hello its me again!:) I prefer to send message here so you can easily see my message😊(I'm sorry for this)..I just want to ask something because I am really confused based of what I read and on what I've heard on your vlogs..I am a big fan of yours. I already watched all your videos a hundred times but when I read on an article about exfoliating all was written there saying that we should exfoliate face only 2 to 3 times a week or even once a week..since I watched your video I started to exfoliate my face everyday. But I just got confused when I heard that its not good to do it everyday😔I hope you can help me and hoping to hear from you please..thank you so much in advance..😗

  4. What's the best source and method of applying snow mushroom. Do you recommend digesting, or applying it?

  5. My skin is oily and I do a diy 5% glycerin spray, but may face became soo oily 5 minutes after i use it. But why?

  6. After studying under Dr Lance Setterfield, it is my understanding one should be aware of the different molecular weights of HA. Low molecular weight HA commonly used in over-the-counter skin care products, according to dr. Setterfield is inflammatory, therefore tricking the consumer into thinking skin is plumper(due to inflammation) your thoughts?

  7. Very informative video. I’ve heard of the snow mushroom, but wasn’t that educated about it. A problem I have with hyaluronic acid is that my environment can be really dry. I always use something to “seal” it in. However, I’ve heard/read that isn’t always effective. Does the snow mushroom work that same way as hyaluronic acid in that sense?
    Thanks so much, love🍃🌸

  8. What is best to help eye bags please. Is water really needed if so how much? and what should I use on my skin please . I will be 50 next month have a stressful life being single parent to my 18 year old son. Struggle with sleep at times. From the UK 😁. Thank you.

  9. Very interesting about the snow mushroom what did you have to remind me of ramen noodles? I love those noodles so I'll have great skin and a starched up Body! 🙂

  10. Hello Christy, thank you for opening up my world about skincare. I've been binge watching your videos (on a different account) and writing down all your information and pro-tips.

    I am really excited about getting the Lira oil free sunscreen you recommended and I am wondering if it won't cancel out with the Image Vit C eye serum you recommend?

  11. So, I have dry, mild rosacea, VERY sensitive skin. I don’t have the pastules. Should I concentrate on emollients, humectants, or occlusives ? I don’t have flaky skin either. I’m in Florida and the humidity helps. Right now I’m using Clinique’s oil cleanser, the Daily Relief Cream, then I put on Eltamd’s elements spf 46 or 47; I forget. Clinique has a product called Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion and it says it has sodium PCA in it. Is Sodium PCA good for rosacea? Ty! 🙏🏼 I’am noticing the level of hydration in my skin isn’t going down, but it’s not improving either.

  12. Hii christy…
    i saw ur video about retin- a and i agree with it. Last year i lost some weight and as a result i got laugh lines. To cure that i started using retin a. i used it for around 3 months and i got so many fine lines especially on forehead and around my mouth. I stopped using it but now i dont know what should i do to treat those premature wrinkles. I am just 29 years old. please help!

  13. Hi! In your description box, You mentioned that the white fungus by herbaltera can be added to cream. how much of it would you add to your cream of 50 ml

  14. Love your video, very informative. I was wondering though, in the long run, which method has better effect on the skin: preparing the mask at home and applying it directly on the skin, or eating tremella everyday? Or maybe both? What would you recommend?

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