Hyaluronic Acid seems to be the buzz-word on every skincare guru’s lips these days, prized for its ability to boost skin’s moisture levels. But what is it, and what can it do for you? Read on to find out!
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that’s found naturally in the human body, particularly in the joints, where it keeps everything supple and lubricated. It’s also found in the skin and eyes.
Sodium Hyaluronate is very similar – it’s main difference from Hyaluronic Acid is that it has even smaller molecules. This means it can penetrate to deeper levels of the skin more easily.
How Hyaluronic Acid works
Hyaluronic Acid is remarkable for its ability to retain moisture – one gram of it can hold up to SIX litres of water. (Some of us have a hard time holding a five litre bottle of water from the supermarket.)
As we get older, our bodies produce less Hyaluronic Acid and our skin retains less moisture, leading to skin that’s a far cry from the firm, plump complexions we had in our youth.
But Hyaluronic Acid isn’t just for aging skin. Anyone, even people with oily skin, can suffer from dehydrated skin for a variety of reasons, and Hyaluronic Acid is the perfect remedy.
It can also play a role in helping to heal skin – hydrated skin helps deliver nutrients to cells and speed up healing time, helping to reduce the appearance of scars.
Use it for:
Because of Hyaluronic Acid’s amazing ability to retain moisture, it should be your first line of defence against dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin means the skin lacks water, while dry skin means the skin lacks oil. It can be caused by any number of factors – dry atmosphere caused by central heating or harsh winter weather, poor diet, not drinking enough water, or even too much alcohol!
It can affect every skin type type – even normally oily skin can become dehydrated. Hyaluronic Acid will help undo the damage, so it’s a winter time skin care must.
Skin dehydration definitely worsens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Boosting your skin’s moisture levels plumps up skin and helps to reduce their appearance (even if only temporarily). Hyaluronic Acid comes top of the class for this. For longer term action, include peptides and retinoids in your skincare regime too.
Scars and skin healing:
Hyaluronic Acid helps make sure skin cells get an adequate supply of nutrients, helping to speed up healing. So add it to your regime if you want to minimize the appearance of old and new scars.
Suitable for all skin types:
Hyaluronic Acid works for everyone. If you have oily skin, Hyaluronic Acid makes an ideal moisturiser as it’s lightweight, non-greasy, and won’t lead to clogged pores. It’s super gentle too, so won’t irritate or aggravate sensitive skin.
And if you have dry or dehydrated skin, what are you waiting for – you need this in your life and on your face!
Good to know
Because Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the human body, allergic reactions are rare and any side effects are usually mild.
It’s also used to treat arthritis in the form of injections, and can be found in cosmetic treatments like fillers.