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The words “hyaluronic acid” immediately attract the attention of those interested in natural beauty products that address the signs of ageing. This naturally occurring acid encourages collagen production and improves skin hydration, and is an essential part of our skin makeup – about 50 per cent of our body's supply of this acid is found in our epidermal tissues. Hyaluronic acid fills the spaces between skin cells, where its role is to provide hydration, plumpness and suppleness for skin. As well as assisting skin health, another one of its primary processes is to lubricate our joints.

Like collagen and elastin, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases in our bodies as we age, which is why it is a popular addition to skincare regimes. One of the amazing and transformative attributes of hyaluronic acid as a skincare ingredient is its ability to hold up to a thousand times its weight in moisture, further enhancing skin hydration and suppleness. It also safeguards the skin matrix by keeping it stable and renewed due to its involvement in tissue repair. Studies have shown that it improves the production of collagen, maintains elasticity, fights free radical damage and aids wound healing.

I would recommend applying it topically, by way of serums and creams, because of its wonderful ability to act as a humectant, which helps draw and hold water in the epidermal layers. But it’s not all about skincare. In addition to using products featuring plant-based hyaluronic acid, it’s also beneficial to follow a diet rich in antioxidants such as leafy green vegetables and vegetables, so that you’re receiving beauty benefits naturally from within too.

The new superstar product from Antipodes

At Antipodes, we’re big believers in using skincare products that feature plant-based hyaluronic acid as part of our scientifically validated premium natural range.

Our newest product to feature the ingredient,  Baptise H20 Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel, is already a cult favourite of our devotees around the world and the winner of the best moisturiser category at HealthPost’s recent  Best of Natural Awards.

As well as using hyalauronic acid, Baptise features other potent, natural ingredients from New Zealand nature to help keep your skin intensely hydrated. These include world-famous New Zealand manuka honey, harakeke gel from the roots of the native New Zealand flax bush, and kakadu plum.

  • The water gel, clinically shown to increase skin hydration levels by up to 52% after 24 hours*, is a weightless, intensive formulation that immerses thirsty skin in pure, natural moisture. Deeply thirst-quenching without heaviness or oiliness, the formula is easily absorbed yet powerfully hydrates skin, all day and night.
  • The world-famous New Zealand manuka honey found in Baptise is harvested from hives located in remote bush-clad parts of the country. This is a high-performance ingredient that helps promote youthful, fresh and blemish-free skin.
  • The harakeke gel is deeply moisturising, with antiseptic qualities that soothe and calm irritated skin. With the addition of vitamin C-rich kakadu plum, Baptise helps support and boost collagen production, offers antioxidant skin protection and skin brightening properties.

Baptise is an ideal choice for those seeking a clean, healthy and effective solution for their skin’s health and wellbeing. Adding to its powerful effects is Baptise’s uplifting pure plant fragrance of fresh rose, guaranteed to raise anyone’s spirits!

Baptise is also certified vegetarian by the Vegetarian Society of the UK (VegSoc), a globally respected organisation for the assessment of vegetarian status. What’s more, this exciting new product also aligns with HealthPost’s  Better Choices Promise to every customer. This initiative guarantees products that it carries feature no Red List ingredients, no harmful chemicals, no environmental pollutants, no animal testing, no greenwashing, and includes independently tested sunscreens and certified sustainable marine products. The pledge also features eco-friendly courier packaging, carbon offsetting and annual tree plantings – in fact, every order supports the  HealthPost Nature Trust ecosanctuary.

Select the right products for your skin

When searching for natural skincare to address ageing concerns and to plump and hydrate your skin, it’s important to choose the right products for your complexion and concerns to help you best achieve the desired results.

As well as using products that contain plant-based hyaluronic acid, look for products that will help increase skin hydration, protect the skin barrier and prevent water loss. Make sure you select formulas that are hydrating and moisturising and tailored for your skin condition.

Our Natural Health Expert shares her experience of Antipodes Baptise


* Dermatest Australia: clinical study of 10 women, ages 38-58, 2019.