Hero Skincare Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a powerful ingredient that can affect terrific changes in skin when included in your daily regimen.
According to a study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, researchers found that hyaluronic acid decreases the appearance of wrinkles, enhances skin hydration and improves firmness & elasticity.
Because it is a naturally occurring molecule, it doesn’t strip the skin of any necessary nutrients and it it suitable for all skin types.
This naturally occurring carbohydrate is found in our eyes, gums, lips, scalp, hair and joints and our skin contains 50% of our body’s total hyaluronic acid level.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?
As we age, our skin loses elasticity and it 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.
Short & Long Chain Molecules
Hyaluronic acid is an impressive humectant (an ingredient that binds moisture) that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Composed of short-chain and long-chain molecules which have different effects on the skin.
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.
When to Use Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is an ideal addition for skin suffering from dehydration, whether from travel, dry climate or excessive sun exposure. It’s also excellent for skin that looks tired and is showing signs of stress and aging. HA is common in many products, but for a concentrated boost of hydration and plumping it’s great to add a dedicated Hyaluronic Acid serum to your regimen.
Below are our picks for the best Hyaluronic Acid products: