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Sometimes you just want for your skin to look better. If you’re looking for a primer that actually has skin-friendly benefits, then look no further than Michael Todd Beauty Hyaluronic Complex Hydrating Serum. With a high concentration of sodium hyaluronate, antioxidant spirulina and anti-inflammatory MSM, this serum helps your skin look (almost) instantly better, fuller and more supple. For more, read on!
Directions: Ideal for use twice daily. After cleansing, pat skin dry and apply hyaluronic complex to the face, neck and décolleté. Let fully absorb before applying moisturizer, make-up and SPF.
Sodium Hyaluronate Hydrates the Skin
One of my favorite skincare ingredients is sodium hyaluronate, which is one of the natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) found in the skin. Together with lipids, NMFs keep skin from losing water, maintaining skin’s young, smooth, non-flaky appearance. In fact, a 2000 study by Sakai et. al cited by Paula Begoun, “the Cosmetics Cop,” found that a decrease in the lipid and NMF content of the skin leads to surface roughness, flaking, fine lines, and a tight, uncomfortable feeling. Within the skin, biologically-formed NMFs are made of amino acids and their metabolites, and are found exclusively inside the cells of the uppermost layer of the skin (the stratum corneum). Natural NMFs maintain moisture in the skin, even under low humidity, and provide an optimal environment for enzymatic functions (Baumann).
In skincare products, natural moisturizing factors are able to draw water into the skin, reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and creating a slight swelling of the skin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. NMFs in skincare products also help to temporarily stabilize and maintain the complex intercellular-skin matrix, which is the “glue” that holds the skin together; this gives skin a smoother appearance (Begoun). Therefore, NMFs are often included in “anti-wrinkle” and “anti-aging” products, but they improve the appearance of the skin on a temporary basis more than they provide actual long-term correction of the skin, like retinoids. Despite their lack of long-term anti-aging benefits, NMFs may still be important for anti-aging prevention, as, according to Dr. Howard Murad, hydration of the skin with NMFs allows the skin to operate at optimum capacity, and provides a better defense against environmental assaults.
MSM is an Anti-Inflammatory that May Help with Acne, Signs of Aging
MSM is chemically inert and does occur naturally in the human body including in our skin, hair and nails. In fact, it is one of the most abundant mineral elements found in our bodies. It is also found in many plants, foods and beverages (in our diet it is derived almost exclusively from proteins). It is heavily marketed as a dietary supplement and is often referred to as “the beauty mineral” though the benefits claimed seem to far exceed the scientific studies available. One supplement manufacturer stated that he had to stop taking it because it made his hair & nails grow too much!
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that sulfur has keratolytic action, which means it breaks down the outer layers of the skin (keratin). In other words, when applied topically sulfur helps to remove dead skin cells that clog pores. However, MSM is typically used for this purpose in combination with other well-researched ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which are also keratolytic. Cosmetic formulator Kayla Fioravanti lists MSM as one of her “Top 5 Ingredient Recommendations” for troubled skin specifically because it helps reduce the pain caused by blemishes.
According to Phyllis Balch, the author of the best-seller Prescription for Nutritional Healing, organic sulfur is said to slow down the aging process. It is found in hemoglobin and in all body tissues and in every single cell. Organic sulfur, along with elements such as zinc, silica and biotin, is considered a “beauty element” due to its beneficial effect on the skin, fostering the structural integrity of the skin, including the production of collagen and elastin.The Mineral Information Institute (MII) concurs that sulfur is integral to maintaining a supple and elastic skin.
Traditional medicine is not as enthusiastic about sulfur as alternative medicine, but there is still moderate substantiation for its use. The Royal Society of Biological Sciences suggests that sulfur-containing amino acids like cysteine, which produce a large number of key metabolic intermediates essential for life, are synthesized by our bodies but the process requires a steady supply of sulfur, which is often lacking, and thus has a detrimental effect on our ability to fight oxidative stress and free radicals and can be a major force behind aging-related degenerative processes.
Spirulina is an Antioxidant; May Help with Dry Skin
As loyal FutureDerm readers know, I’m not a huge fan of animal-based studies. Nonetheless, there hasn’t been much funding to support the use of seaweed in skin care, so bear with me. The limited studies available suggest seaweed may prevent skin inflammation and tumor formation (Cancer Letters, 1999).
Some forms of seaweed possess a molecular makeup similar to that of collagen, which of course gives skin its elasticity and firmness. Of course, applying seaweed to your skin isn’t the same as injecting collagen into your skin, but it has some skin- and water-binding properties that might mimic collagen and help your skin to look firm.
Seaweed has also been shown in peer-reviewed, independent studies to improve atopic dermatitis (Experimental Dermatology, 2009). It’s somewhat widely speculated as to why, but it may help to improve surface hydration with omega-3-rich fatty acids, by balancing surface pH, or by helping to balance bacterial species on the skin (Experimental Dermatology, 2009).
Bottom LineMichael Todd Beauty Hyaluronic Complex Hydrating Serum is a great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory skincare product. While I wouldn’t make it a cult favorite like vitamin CE serum, retinoid and peptide moisturizers, or sunscreen, I do think that this is a supreme primer substitute with actual skincare benefits. Highly recommend!
Ingredients in Michael Todd Beauty Hyaluronic Complex Hydrating Serum
Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) juice, glycerin, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, emulsifying wax, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu) butter, spirulina maxima (blue green algae) extract, euterpe oleracea (acai fruit) pulp powder, tocopherol (vitamin E), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin, azadirachta lndica (neem) oil, xanthan gum (polysaccharide gum), proprietary blend of essential oils, phenoxyethanol, tetrasodium edta