Heparan Sulfate: The Anti-Aging Ingredient That’s Changing Skincare

by Dr. Jenny

There’s an exciting and innovative new ingredient on the market that is considered a master molecule for age management and an essential component for long-lasting skin hydration, rejuvenation and radiant skin. If you haven’t already heard of Heparan Sulfate (HS), it’s only a matter of time. HS is on the fast track to joining other major players (think: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid!) in the anti-aging game and is a promising ingredient in the development of age-defying topical skincare products.

So what’s the deal with Heparan Sulfate? Studies have found that lower levels of HS contribute to visible signs of aging. On a molecular level, endogenous HS is actively involved in the skin’s development and optimal health and much like its sister molecule hyaluronic acid is considered a superhydrator that can bind to and retain water. This is essential for both skin hydration and maintaining the structural integrity of collagen and elastin fibers.

Heparan Sulphate levels, much like collagen, elastin and growth factors, have been found to diminish over time; decreased levels are associated with aged skin. So how might these levels be restored to get that refreshed, youthful glow? While endogenous HS is too sizable to properly penetrate the skin, the development of Heparan Sulfate Analog (HAS) technology, a modified form of HS that differs in size, shape and charge and that can be safely and effectively delivered to the skin, is now suitable for use in topical cosmetic products. This is a major breakthrough!

From the way it’s looking, HS is so essential to anti-aging that one skincare brand, SENTE, has taken the lead in making it the star ingredient for their entire line of skincare products. The brand also happens to be the first and only line in the aesthetic market to contain this patented, exclusive HSA technology.

So what can HS do for your skin? In its bio-engineered form, HSA has been optimized to improve the appearance of aged, sun-damaged and dehydrated skin. This exclusive, innovative ingredient, when used topically, has been found to enhance hydration and reduce transepidermal water loss; promote firmer, more elastic and stronger skin; and improve the appearance of wrinkles and skin tone.

If you have been thinking about switching up your skincare routine, consider incorporating SENTE’s scientifically formulated skin care products into your daily regimen so that you, too, can derive the benefits of this powerhouse ingredient for age management and youthful looking skin.