Hyaluronic acid? What’s that? Surely an acid will strip my skin and cause irritation? Ooooooh my skin is really sensitive I can’t use acid on it!
I hear these things all the time when I mention the HA words.
So let me tell you - In fact, it's the exact opposite – a powerful humectant (aka moisture magnet) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, brighter and more youthful.... This is a beauty trend that’s standing the test of time and can be used by pretty much anyone.
So...... What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a component which is naturally occurring in our bodies, with 50% of it being found in our skin.
It is one of the major components that make up the framework of our skin and it also has an important role in retaining moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
As we age our body's natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down. Other contributors to the decline in production of HA are long term or harsh medications and cultural and environmental stresses.
By this I mean when you are running around like a crazy person (like most of us do these days) - the effects of the increased adrenaline and cortisol flying around our body attacks the good within us. Also the free radicals I spoke about in my previous post also contributes to lessening how much HA we produce.
So it's no surprise that all the best beauty brands are adding hyaluronic acid into serums and creams.
What are the skincare benefits of hyaluronic acid?
It is a FACT that hydrated skin is plumper, firmer and has a luminous glow that we all yearn for - while dehydrated skin can look dull, lacklustre and slacker. Its unique ability to hold so much water makes hyaluronic acid is invaluable to your skin.
What are the different ways to use hyaluronic acid on your skin?
Hyaluronic acid can be applied via good quality skincare products and is now a key ingredient in many serums and creams. The benefits to using it topically on the skin are that it acts like sponge drawing water into the skin to keep it hydrated, supple and functioning at its optimum.