7 Reasons Your Clients Will Fall in Love with Hyaluronic Acid

No skincare regimen is complete without Hyaluronic Acid. Produced naturally by the body, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a water-loving molecule that helps to preserve or retain moisture. In fact, one Hyaluronic Acid molecule can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water. But as we age, natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid decrease within the body, leaving skin dehydrated. As a skincare professional, you can combat the decreasing levels of Hyaluronic Acid in your clients’ skin. Boosting levels of Hyaluronic Acid in your clients’ skin will leave them looking younger, healthier, and happier. Here are 7 reasons your clients will fall in love with Hyaluronic Acid:

#1 – Keeps Skin Hydrated

As mentioned, Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. More importantly, HA penetrates the skin, binding water to skin cells. By binding the moisture to the skin, the skin can then absorb the water. This is the difference between hydration and moisturizing. Moisturizing uses oils to lock in hydration, but as the lipid barrier breaks down, the skin loses moisture. Hydrating the skin with HA is like giving your skin a big drink of water.

#2 – Increases Skin’s Resilience

The top layer of skin (epidermis) contains a lipid barrier. The fatty acids that make up this barrier trap water in and keep irritants and pollutants out. As skin ages, the lipid barrier weakens. Hyaluronic Acid fortifies the skin’s natural lipid barrier. This fortification helps defends against environmental factors and pollutants that age the skin. A stronger lipid barrier improves the skin’s resilience, keeping skin smoother and bouncier.

#3 – Acts as a Humectant

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant. Think of a humectant as a water magnet. HA continues to draw in and hold onto moisture after it’s collected. The humectant effect of HA works in two ways: moisture within the body is drawn to the epidermis (top layer of skin), and moisture from the air is pulled in to the skin. With both the water below and above the surface of the skin collected, ultimate hydration is reached.

#4 – Makes Skin Tighter and Smoother

Elastin gives skin its bounce-back. Elastin decreases with age, giving skin a saggy appearance. Hyaluronic Acid can’t replace skin’s elastin, but it can help with the appearance of tightness in the skin. HA fills the skin with moisture, especially if it is injected. As water is attracted to the HA molecules, facial contours become firmer and fine lines and wrinkles are filled in. Hyaluronic Acid, therefore, tightens the overall complexion by creating a plumping effect.

#5 – Stimulates Cell Regeneration

HA boosts hydration of the skin. When the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration, increased skin cell production takes place. HA doesn’t speed up the cell renewal process. What Hyaluronic Acid does is improve the condition of the skin, optimizing cell regeneration. Optimal cell regeneration leads to healthier skin and a more vibrant complexion.

#6 – Improves Pigmentation Issues

UVB rays from the sun are extremely damaging to the skin. HA protects the skin from UVB rays, which can cause sunspots. Always, however, wear an SPF of at least 30 for extra skin protection. Furthermore, since HA helps with cell regeneration, increased cell turnover prevents age spots and pigmentation issues. Vitamin C paired with Hyaluronic Acid can also help to treat dark spots on the skin, leading to a more even complexion.

#7 – Improves Skin Clarity

When skin is in need of hydration, it can overcompensate by producing more oil. Over-production of oil can clog pores and cause breakouts. Hyaluronic Acid promotes a proper moisture balance within the skin, preventing over-production of oil that can cause acne. If skin has already been scarred from acne, Hyaluronic Acid in combination with a dermaroller can make skin look smoother. Just because skin is oily doesn’t mean it doesn’t need hydration. All skin types need hydration.

With all the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, there is no reason your clients won’t come back again and again for treatments. It’s up to you to educate them, however, on the benefits of HA. NanoGlow Academy has given you a great start with the information provided here, but, as always, we are here to offer information and assistance. Together, we can make your business grow by advancing your education and knowledge.

Micro VS Nano

Let’s talk nano needles. Nano needles are the foundation of NanoGlow, and we 110% believe in nano over micro. You may not know it yet, but nano is the new kid on the block.

Nano needles are on another level of technology in the PMU (permanent makeup) and semi-PMU world and we believe every esthetician and cosmetologist needs to get on board!

Let’s start very basic: Would you prefer a thick or thin needle puncturing your skin? What do you think will hurt more and heal faster? The answer is obvious. Now, imagine several thick needles puncturing your skin simultaneously…

OUCH.

Ladies and gents, you have microneedles. With each needle being 0.30 mm-0.50 mm thick, these needles can cause some major discomfort and a longer recovery time. Too much mirconeedling can also compromise the integrity of the skin over time. It makes sense. Constant tearing down and healing of the skin (check out our previous blog post here) and skin can lose elasticity.

The world of nano needles is a lot less dramatic. Think THIN, hair-like needles that bend and cause minimal bleeding, if any at all. With 42 needles in a single cartridge (exclusive to NanoGlow), these needles make your facials a completely different experience. Because there is more of them and these nano needles are extremely thin, the procedure yields better results, by far. They are also extremely delicate to the epidermis, and offer a more precise and efficient outcome.

Microneedles on the other hand are thicker and cause more damage while puncturing the skin. They. Are. Thicker. Needles. Let that sink in.

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When used to replace micro needling with nano needling (i.e. for our BB Glow treatment), clients are impressed with the little pain they feel after and during facial treatments. These needles allow you to work in ultra sensitive areas on the face (under the eye and around the lip) with minimal discomfort. Pretty incredible, right? The recovery time is also faster than with micro needles and the skin is not irritated (or red) as long. That means your clients can wait no more than two weeks between nano needling facial treatments. It’s a game-changer on the business side of things! Finally, to really give you an idea of how different micro needling and nano needling is, check out the difference in thickness: a nano needle is 0.18mm-0.28mm while a micro needle is 0.30mm – 0.50mm!

Because nano needles are taking the industry by storm, please be aware of needles that look like a small, round plate or the “round nano pin.” This product does not puncture the skin properly. You will find yourself wasting pigment and your clients will not have a good result. At NanoGlow Academy we only teach with our 42-needle cartridge that inserts up to 2mm into the skin. With this type of needle, you can work with the BB Glow serums and get the long lasting results with no damage!

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In the world of PMU (Permanent Make Up) Nano needles are King. They are what the PMU world has been waiting for. With a 0.20-0.25 inch diameter and a long taper (the cutting edge of the actual needle), the nano needle allows you to apply pigment with utmost precision. The fact that they are also flexible (comparable to an acupuncture needle), you now have the perfect tool to achieve the most natural result. Take PMU Eyebrows for example. Using our Nano Device, eyebrows can look 100% natural with thin hair-like strokes, only achievable with nano needles. These thin, wispy strokes are what nano technology is all about. Our Master Trainer, Izabela Lachowicz will teach every student how to properly adjust your Nano Device, how to insert pigments into the proper layer of skin and most importantly, she will teach you patience. Having patience and understanding the client’s skin type is extremely important. A client who has oily skin will receive pigment much differently than a client with dry skin. It is important to know the difference and know how to set your device accordingly to achieve optimum results.  

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There really isn’t much debate on micro-needles vs nano-needles. The results speak for themselves. Check out Izabela’s Instagram page for PMU before and after photos: @nanoglow_mastertrainer.

Feel free to shoot us an email if you have any questions regarding nano-needles. We love having this conversation!

Until next time!

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