What is HSA? Why You Need it in Your Skincare Regimen.
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- June 25, 2020
The world of skincare is full of technologies and ingredients that do amazing things for the appearance of aging, damaged skin. With so many beneficial ingredients to choose from, could there possibly be a place in your regimen for more?
Improving the appearance of damaged skin is not about the number of products or ingredients, but instead, using the right products and ingredients.
Aging skin is more than fine lines and wrinkles. Chronic inflammation and dehydration are significant factors at the root of how and why our skin looks and feels ‘older’ as we age. Additionally, growth factors – the natural proteins found in the body that promote cell growth, repair and survival — decline with age, resulting in decreased collagen and elastin production. All of this contributes to visible signs of aging. So, while you might be using a number of products, you might be missing one technology that is the key to maintaining deep hydration which in turn soothes sensitized skin and supports the skin’s own growth factor activity.
This is where HSA, SENTÉ skincare’s unique, proprietary ingredient is a key player. HSA is a bioengineered version of components that exist naturally in our skin. SENTÉ has modified the size, shape and charge for use in skincare products that promote deep hydration and cell communication, so the skin can address other concerns such as the appearance of inflammation, hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles and serious loss of firmness.
What does all of this mean in a skincare regimen? It means that all of the ingredients you currently use are great, necessary and contributing to the improvement of signs of aging skin. Yet, there is always room for more improvement!
If you see any signs of dehydration on the surface of your skin, if you feel that your face looks “deflated”, or you use the words “sensitive”, “red”, or “dry” when referring to your skin more often that you wish, there is a place for HSA in your skin care plan. HSA and its entire family of ingredients (glycosaminoglycans) are complex sugars that play well with other ingredients and products, making them very easy to add into your current routine, regardless of the products, ingredients and number of steps it includes.
You can add HSA to your regimen with one of the core products that deliver maximum deep hydration and other benefits:
Dermal Repair Cream is SENTÉ’s multitasking hydrating moisturizer that soothes the skin surface, evens skin tone and improves appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, while boosting deep hydration with HSA, the Master Hydrator. Apply it in a regimen after applying serums and before SPF during the day; apply after serums and retinol products at night.
Dermal Contour Pressed Serum is a supercharged, firming powerhouse that includes HSA along with the duo DSA and CSA to provide optimal firming, deep hydration and a more even, glowing complexion. Apply it after serums but before creams and SPF in the day; apply after serums and retinol products, but before creams at night.
Illuminé Eye Cream is created to address all of the colors that contribute to dark circles in the eye area while providing deep hydration to improve the appearance of lines & wrinkles and skin clarity. Use day and night after lightweight serums and before Dermal Contour Pressed Serum or Dermal Repair Cream.
Already using Dermal Repair Cream and/or Dermal Contour Pressed Serum? It’s time to add a retinol to your regimen!
Bio Complete Serum is a gentle retinoid blend with HSA that provides the benefits of a retinoid without the dryness or other unwanted effects that can be caused by retinol products. Use at night only, after your serums, before heavier creams and don’t use it with any other retinol/Retin-A products.
Intensive Bio Complete Cream is a .5% retinol with power duo DSA and CSA for more advanced signs of aging including coarse wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and loss of firmness. Use at night only, after serums, before creams and do not combine with any other retinol/Retin-A products. It is recommended that Dermal Repair Cream also be part of a regimen that includes Intensive Bio Complete Cream.
Complete your regimen with the appropriate SENTÉ cleanser and Invisible Shield SPF 49 (untinted) or SPF 52 (tinted).
As with any skin care regimen, sunscreen is a MUST every single day, even indoors, as UVA rays penetrate through windows!
SENTÉ is the first and only skincare line that includes Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA), the master hydrator that works differently from other hydrators to replenish what the skin loses with age.
This blog was guest-written by Lori Viar, BA LE, Director of Globale Education at SENTÉ.
Lori spent the last 10 years in Physician Dispensed skincare sales and Education, after working as an Esthetician in a Plastic Surgery practice for 3 years, focused on total facial rejuvenation and preparing patients skin for laser treatments, facial surgery and injectables.