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Hyaluronic acid: natural or chemical?



Hyaluronic acid is a molecule naturally present in our body, from birth!

The champions - those who have the most - are babies!

Throughout history, the hyaluronic acid contained in cosmetics came from several sources including the crests of Cocorico but never from Novexpert, we promise, we remain 100% vegan!

Hyaluronic acid from Novexpert products come from a natural and “clean” process, via biotechnology and the help of good bacteria.


Infants have a large amount of an asset we all desire... Why do babies have such plump skin? What is the secret behind that soft, velvety 'baby skin'? I don't think I'm far from the truth in saying that each of us has asked this question at least once. So today, I'm going to reveal part of the secret.

The first thing to know is that infants' bodies are composed of about 80% water (while we, adults, range between 55% and 60%(1)), but more importantly, the second essential element is... hyaluronic acid! Yes, you read that right, babies' skin contains a very large amount of hyaluronic acid.

But how does it give infants that plump appearance? By retaining water to form a gel. It works like a little dehydrated sponge that, when in contact with water, retains the liquid and swells up to double or even triple in volume. Hyaluronic acid works in the same way and can retain up to 1000 times its weight in water(2)!


Nature Created Hyaluronic Acid...

A molecule present long before humans!

Hyaluronic acid belongs to the family of polysaccharides, which are complex sugars. Researchers believe it emerged with the first bacteria 2 billion years ago. However, it was only identified in 1934, in animals, in a part of the eye: the vitreous humor(3). As an anecdote: it is from this discovery that it gets its name because 'hyalos' in Greek means 'glassy'.

As I just explained, hyaluronic acid is therefore a natural molecule present in the bodies of babies but also in all humans and animals. It doesn't disappear as we grow up, thankfully, although its quantity and quality decrease with aging, but I'll talk more about that later.

Our bodies thus produce hyaluronic acid which is found everywhere: in the brain, eyes, umbilical cord, but also within the skin. It is actually the organ that contains the most hyaluronic acid: half of it (about 7 to 8g (4.5)) is found in the epidermis and dermis.


...And Humans Put It in Tubes!

When I start explaining this, people ask me, 'but then where does hyaluronic acid in cosmetics come from? Can't we extract it from humans?' Of course not, rest assured.

To understand everything, let's go back a few years, even decades ago: previously, the hyaluronic acid used in cosmetics was derived... from rooster combs! For many years, this was the preferred source for cosmetics.

But I assure you, not at Novexpert! We have always been Vegan, even long before the term existed. So naturally, we ban any ingredient of animal origin in our formulas.

Thanks to Biotechnology!

To obtain a biodegradable hyaluronic acid similar to that found in our skin, at Novexpert we use biotechnology. Let me explain more precisely: good bacteria from milk are brought into contact with wheat in a stressful environment, for example, at very high temperatures or high pressure. To protect themselves, the bacteria create, thanks to the sugars in the wheat, a shield, a protective envelope composed of 100% pure hyaluronic acid.

It is this hyaluronic acid that we will include in the formulas of our range. Its composition will be similar to that manufactured by our bodies, so it will be entirely capable of using and degrading it. This process is natural but also clean, meaning non-polluting. Nothing but advantages!

Attention, I am talking here about Novexpert's choices to have natural hyaluronic acid. Some companies sometimes decide to modify it after its creation to make it more resistant to oxidation, for example, or to make it remain longer in the body. It then becomes synthetic hyaluronic acid. So if you don't want to make a mistake, choose 100% natural with Novexpert!

After reading this article, promise me not to be jealous of babies!

More seriously, to:

- Stop thinking that hyaluronic acid is an artificial molecule.
- Choose 100% natural formulas to be sure of the origin of the hyaluronic acid you apply to your skin. For this, come and discover or rediscover our range dedicated to hyaluronic acid. And to go even further, find under each of our product sheets the details of the ingredients used.

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(1) (2010). Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for water. EFSA Journal, 8(3), 1459.
(2) Bogdan Allemann, I., & Baumann, L. (2008). Hyaluronic acid gel ( Juvéderm™) preparations in the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds. Clin Interv Aging., 3(4), 629–634.
(3) Necas, J., Bartosikova, L., Brauner, P., & Kolar, J. (2008). Hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) : a review. Veterinarni Medicina, 397–411 .
(4) Menaa, F., Menaa, A., & Menaa, B. (2011). Hyaluronic Acid and Derivatives for Tissue Engineering. Biotechnology & Biomaterials.
(5) Papakonstantinou, E., Roth, M., & Karakiulakis, G. (2012). Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging. , 4(3), 253-258.

Today we know it.

Beautiful skin is, above all,
healthy skin.

Creating another way of achieving beauty is a necessity. For 15 years, Novexpert has been committed to demanding cosmetics based on science and facts. They are researchers fascinated by science, passionate about skin and health.

And here is what we do.
Explain, transmit and learn: how the body works, how the skin works.
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