Hyaluronic Acid: Sounds scary but secretly holds the key to smooth, flawless and hydrated skin. Naturally found in our bodies (see not scary!), the popular skin-care ingredient is commonly found in serums, sheet masks, and moisturizers. The ingredient binds to water to plump up your skin and give it that dewy, glowy effect. But it does so much more than give you a boost of hydration!
Hyaluronic Acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin. It helps to bind water to collagen, locking it into the skin and making it appear plumper and more hydrated. On one side, it binds to the collagen and on the other side, links to water molecules, resulting in the skin plumpness.” As a glycosaminoglycan (fancy name for a naturally occurring substance) hyaluronic acid works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed.
As we age, we lose collagen and start producing less and less hyaluronic acid. This causes the skin to become dehydrated and wrinkles to come out more. By using hyaluronic acid daily, you’ll firm the skin around your eyes, decrease puffiness, and soften fine lines on the rest of the face. It penetrates the skin easily, which is why it works so well in skincare products!
Everyone! Everyone should use hyaluronic acid. In general, the ingredient is nonirritating and does not trigger acne, rosacea, or allergic skin reactions. With all products, there is a small chance of adverse side effects if not using a pure HA, however, the likely hood of this is very small since our body naturally produces it.
People with dry or more mature skin will benefit the most from Hyaluronic Acid. As it will replace what their body isn’t producing. Hydrating skin-care ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, glycerin, colloidal oatmeal, urea, propylene glycol, and sorbitol all act as ‘humectants’ that attract water to the skin in an effort to hydrate it. Double check that your products have at least one of these ingredients in the top 5 ingredients list. Products such as eye cream, moisturizers, and serums should definitely have hydrating ingredients like the ones listed above.
Hyaluronic Acid is in the fillers we use! Hence, ‘HA’ (Hyaluronic Acid) dermal filler. In its injectable form, HA presents as a gel-like substance and helps to add volume, smooth over, and fill out deep wrinkles. Pro Tip: Remember how I said HA is attracted to water? If you still super hydrated when you have facial fillers, it will appear plumper/more filled out!