Some ingredients that you’ll see on an ingredients list include the word ‘hydrolyzed’. Hydrolyzed anything means that it has undergone a process called hydrolysis — a chemical process where something is broken down to the addition of water.Anything that has been hydrolyzed has been broken down via heat, acid, or enyzmes.
The most common form of hydrolysis is salt hydrolysis, where the salt of a weak acid or base is either completely or partially dissociated in water to form ions.
Examples of hydrolyzed ingredients:
- Hydrolyzed keratin
- Hydrolyzed collagen
- Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate
If an ingredient has been hydrolyzed, it’s been broken down and is now smaller in molecular size and weight. Due to it being smaller, it can now penetrate more easily into the skin, hair, scalp, what might have you, and do it’s thing to give you more benefits.
A hydrolyzed protein (like keratin) is a protein that has undergone hydrolysis and has been broken down into its component amino acids. When used for the hair, the amino acids will penetrate into the shaft to REPLACE the lost protein, REPAIR damage, and STRENGTHEN the hair from inside.
Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate would be a lower molecular weight Sodium Hyaluronate. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid, which is already lower in molecular weight, but Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate would have an even better ability to penetrate and moisturize the deeper layers of the skin!
If you’re looking to improve the look of skin and hair and to repair damage, look for hydrolyzed ingredients! These ingredients will be able to penetrate deeply into the skin and hair shaft to deposit the appropriate effects.