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Ingredient Spotlight: Sodium Hyaluronate

Ingredient Spotlight: Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt derivative of Hyaluronic Acid, a common ingredient in anti-aging skincare, and an ingredient in both Rescue’s Serum Concentrate and Ultra Moisturizer. But why is this ingredient in the mix?


Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in the body, in your skin and connective tissues. The average human body contains 15 grams of hyaluronan, according to research published by Dr. Robert Stern in the European Journal of Cell Biology, playing a role in lubrication between muscular connective tissues, resilience in cartilage, tissue repair, and skin hydration. But as we age our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the loss of elasticity, and presence of the visible signs of aging.

In the Skin

Sodium Hyaluronate is smaller in molecular size than Hyaluronic Acid, making it more easily absorbed into the dermal layers. It creates a protective barrier in your dermal layers from the environment while attracting moisture and restoring hydration and plumpness, smoothing lines and wrinkles. It is also responsible for binding collagen and elastin in the skin to improve firmness and elasticity. Sodium Hyaluronate also helps in tissue repair, and antioxidant properties fight free radicals caused by UVB rays, harsh ingredients in other skin products, and other environmental factors. Approximately 80% of facial skin aging is attributed to UV-exposure, according to a published study by Jouni Uitto in The New England Journal of Medicine. So, it is very important to use a daily broad spectrum SPF.

Natural Sources in your Diet

Emily Cooper, RD, identifies foods that contain the best natural sources in her article Foods High in Hyaluronic Acid.  “Foods such as leafy greens, root vegetables and soy products contain it, while homemade broths made from animal bones, skin and connective tissues are even better sources. While not a direct source of hyaluronic acid, red wine may help increase the amount that your body produces on its own.”  Sounds like it’s time for a bowl of Pho and a glass of pinot!

Sodium Hyaluronate is a multi-tasking ingredient in our products helping to repair, protect and hydrate skin, supporting smoother, radiant, healthy skin. RESCUE Skin is a preventative and restorative, natural skincare solution. That means it can help to naturally prevent future fine lines, loss of volume and elasticity, while also improving skin tone and texture, and other skin challenges related to aging skin. Due to its restorative properties, it also helps reduce puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, skin imperfections such as scars, pigmentation issues, and even acne. In both instances, RESCUE supports your skin’s own natural ability to produce pro-collagen and dermal fibroblasts – the two most fundamental factors of visibly healthy, younger skin. We Save Skin.


Hyaluronan catabolism: a new metabolic pathway, Dr. Robert Stern

Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging

Understanding Premature Skin Aging, Jouni Uitto, M.D., Ph.D

Foods High in Hyaluronic Acid, by EMily Cooper, RD

Hyaluronic Acid & Sodium Hyaluronate