When it comes to the skincare industry, there are some obvious hero ingredients with one of these being Hyaluronic Acid. With its ability to plump and hydrate the skin, it is no surprise that it is now in a myriad of skincare ingredients.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in our bodies. It plays a large role as a lubricant, working to maintain the wellness of our bones and joints as well as supporting the eyes.
However, Hyaluronic Acid in skincare has a different use. It has been used in dermal fillers to plump up the skin, and is now synthetically produced to be applied topically in serums and creams. With its ability to help smooth, plump and hydrate the skin, it has become an incredibly popular ingredient.
How Does it Help the Skin?
Hyaluronic Acid is quite a large molecule and as a result it would normally rest on the top of your skin, where it forms a barrier to give you a smooth finish. This is why you will often see it in primers.
However, brands have now found the technologies to reduce its molecular size in order to make it penetrate into your skin. Many serums on the market now use these smaller molecules and they are able to absorb much better into the skin resulting in giving your skin a temporarily “filler affect”, looking plump and fresh.
Another major property of Hyaluronic Acid is linked with its ability to retain water. Each molecule has the ability to attract and retain more than thousand times its own weight in water, making it a great addition to your skincare, keeping your skin moisturised.
As we age we tend to lose Hyaluronic Acid within our skin, which leads to your skin becoming dryer. When used in a cream, Hyaluronic Acid helps prevent further water loss, and therefore keeping your skin comfortable and hydrated.
As it is based on a natural structure, our body breaks it down after a while, which means you need to use the product at least once a day to maintain the results. Plus, with its light texture it is suitable to be used by all skin types and is a great addition for those with oily or combination skin types.
There are other benefits to including Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare too:
- It has some anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for soothing skin conditions such as acne and Rosacea.
- It is mildy antioxidant, so can help reduce free-radical damage to your skin.
- It helps to maintain and protect the skin barrier, which prevents bacteria from damaging and entering the skin.
- It is also great at aiding the absorption of other active ingredients.