I’m a huge fan of Hyaluronic Acid on the skin. Many skincare products I use contain this ingredient, and I can see a big difference in the look and feel of my skin when I use it regularly (this one is one of my favourites). PureHA contacted me to see if I’d like to try their sachets of digestible HA, so of course I said Yes! I’m well aware of how it works on the skin, but I was curious to see how it would work from the inside out. PureHA’s liquid HA is apparently stable enough to withstand digestive juices and still pass through the intestinal wall to be absorbed and used by the body. They asked me to document the change in my skin over 60 day period of taking their product. We agreed that once a week, I’d take a selfie with my iPhone, usually on my way to gym (a time when I’d have my hair away from my face and would have almost no makeup on). In hindsight, I probably should have used a ‘real’ camera rather than an iPhone, because I look a bit distorted and deranged in a few of the photos (I was trying to take them close up so you could see any changes in my skin, but the closer you go, the weirder your face looks). I knew I could consistently make time for a quick iPhone snap, whereas finding someone to take a photo when I was on my way out the door, with the same lighting setup every day isn’t so easy.
Here we go! Brace yourself for some interesting photos over a two month period… some where I’m still sleepy, or hungover, or still have wet hair. I’m in front of my bedroom window, so the lighting changes every day depending on the weather. I haven’t edited or tweaked or filtered or done anything to the photos. In fact, you’ll see my classic vacation breakout on the last one. See if you can see a change and we’ll chat more after the photos.
A full makeup one, just to give you a break!
So, here are my personal findings on PureHA. The ‘worst’ parts of my skin, like the area under my eyes, didn’t show lots of improvement. My overall skin tone on the large ‘good’ areas, like my cheeks and forehead, felt softer and more hydrated. The area where I saw the biggest improvement was on my eczema. I had several dry patches just behind my ears, one in the crease of my eye (visible on the left side in the second photo), and two large patches that go from the end of my eyebrows out to my temples; those are all gone. I keep the patches on my temples so slathered with oil and cream that they aren’t noticeable in these photos, but the dry texture is very visible in real life. I drink more than 4 litres of water a day, so I definitely don’t have a general hydration issue with my skin. The fact that I’ve seen improvement in my eczema is reason enough for me to continue taking PureHA. I’d also like to see if the rest of my skin continues to improve as well. In the interest of science, I’d like to then discontinue it, just to see if my eczema gets worse again. I’ve also made another big change in my skincare routine recently (more on that in another post… my experimentation with skincare knows NO bounds!) which is probably also helping alongside the PureHA. It is definitely worth trying this if you have dry skin or eczema, or if you are just a mad scientist with your skin, like I am!
My friend Liz of WhatLizzyLoves also tried PureHA alongside me, and you can read her thoughts on it here.
Thank you to PureHA for sponsoring this post. I’m not sure about their international availability, but in the UK, you can find it here on their website.