Hyaluronic acid (HA) sounds scary—an acid? On your skin? Yes!
Let me explain why HA is an absolute skin savor and a must-have ingredient in your skincare regimen.
As we age, our skin loses elasticity (thanks, gravity) and doesn’t retain moisture the same way it did when we were babies. Hyaluronic acid levels begin to decrease around our 30s + 40s. Fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent when our skin begins to sag. When applied topically, HA can help to replenish that hydration and bring back the bounce in your skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate, the good kind, (even though you know I love Lady M cakes...but those aren’t real carbs…)
It is found in our eyes, gums, lips, scalp, hair and joints and our skin contains 50% of our body’s total hyaluronic acid level!
The hyaluronic molecule is a powerful humectant (an ingredient that binds moisture) that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, which makes it an extremely popular ingredient in serums and moisturizers. It is also used to create artificial tears and when taken orally, can help with joint pain and inflammation.
Hyaluronic Acid is composed of short-chain and long-chain molecules. Depending on the length of the molecule, the deeper the penetration. Long-chain molecules provide immediate intensive hydration on the surface layers of the skin, while short-chain molecules penetrate deeper, replenishing moisture for the long term, helping to plump and hydrate over time.
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum contains both molecule lengths, which makes it one of my favorites. It is a powerhouse!
According to a study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, researchers found that hyaluronic acid is clinically proven to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, enhance skin hydration and improve firmness & elasticity. Because it is a naturally occurring molecule, it doesn’t strip the skin of any necessary nutrients. And as a bonus: it’s great for all skin conditions.
When you’re shopping for a hyaluronic acid, make sure you’re looking for products that contain at least 1% of the ingredient.
Also, it’s extremely important to make sure that you’re layering your skincare properly to get maximum absorption.
This article tells you exactly how you should layer your skincare, even with the easiest routine.