Everything you need to know about Hyaluronic Acid

What does Hyaluronic Acid do for the skin and why you should be using it?

This is a common ingredient found in a lot of skincare products which is also found in over the counter stores. Beauty experts believe that hyaluronic acid helps fight signs of aging. While scientists are researching new methods to fight aging, here’s what I’ve come to learn about this substance:

What is it?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin to keep it refreshed, stable and that encourages skin cell renewal. However, it’s widely loved for its incredible water retention properties. Crazy thing is that our own skin cells actually produce hyaluronic acid naturally to maintain moisture levels. As skin ages, the level of this acid in the skin decreases due to environmental aggressors, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and lack of sleep – it becomes drier, loses its elasticity and as a result, wrinkles appear.

How does it work?

Hyaluronic acid works by acting as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. Applied on the skin it works as a magnet for moisture, helping your cells retain as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears hydrated, plump and healthy. The disadvantage here is, because hyaluronic acid’s molecules are often too big for skin absorption, they cannot penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, so the benefits are temporary.

How should you use it?

Like most of the skin care products, hyaluronic acid should be used on a regular basis. Cleanse and tone your face as you normally would. Follow your regular skin cleansing routine up until before you add moisturizer. Magically it draws moisture into your skin, leaving it deeply hydrated. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before following the next step of your regimen.

Who is it best for?

Hyaluronic acid works well for sensitive and blemish-prone skin as it helps to calm it while protecting it with its antioxidant properties. The biggest thing about hyaluronic acid is that it can benefit all skin types. Due to its lightweight formulation, it’s perfect for oily and combination skin: it feels weightless but at the same time still provides the much-needed moisture. 

Is it safe?

Don’t be influenced by the name, because, unlike some acids, hyaluronic acid doesn’t exfoliate or causes any skin damages when applied topically. It’s very unique in comparison to other acids which are used to exfoliate. Basically, it gives gentle hydration to where your skin needs it the most.

That’s it for today.  If you ladies wanna know more about skincare ingredients check out the article about the beauty benefits of mandelic acid and how to handle oily skin.

‘Till next time,

XO