This is an ingredient that knows no introduction and seems to be the word on all skincare brands lips (And packaging). But are you still scratching your head over what it’s all about, why everyone is swooning over it and where to start when looking to try this ingredient out? Here’s some help on breaking it down for you.
What is it?
- Hyaluronic acid (HA), also known as hyaluronan is a carbon molecule that is already naturally occurring in our bodies.
- It is also known as a glycosaminoglycan, a vital natural substance that keeps the skin stable and renewed.
- Another name for it is Sodium hyaluronate, which is a water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid created by scientists to increase stability and lessen the likelihood of oxidization. The two names (hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate) are used interchangeably in the beauty industry, but they do have their differences.
What it does – Inner Beauty
- In our bodies, it provides lubrication to the connective tissues of our joints and skin – it’s an important part of our skin’s overall health. Although it’s present in many areas of your body including your eyes, internal fluids and connective tissues, 50% of the total amount in your body is found in your skin.
What it does – Outer Beauty
- Hyaluronic Acid is a mega moisturiser. It’s known as a humectant – which means it grabs onto moisture so your skin can absorb it. It can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water so this product will help you get more hydrated skin which is plumper and firmer.
- The HA molecule is too large to penetrate the top layer of the skin, so it gets to work grabbing and holding onto any moisture so you skin can then absorb it.
- One note – when using pure Hyaluronic acid on dry skin in particular, layer it with a good cream / serum on top as you could end up drying your skin out more if it doesn’t have any moisture to pull in.
Who can use it?
- All skins can use it, even the most sensitive. But it’s great for dry/dehydrated skins that really need the extra boost of moisture.
- As you age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin depletes, meaning your skin loses its suppleness and starts to sag. Hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin, smoothing out he fine lines and wrinkles!
- It will give you plumped, glowing skin with the appearance of lines reduced.
- Dry skin is more vulnerable to damage and infection getting through, so keeping it moisturised improves the protective barrier – it’s like repairing your skin’s armour! It also supports your skins repairing and healing ability through its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
- As it acts as a lubricant in the body, it can also help to reduce joint pain and help you to retain collagen.
- Its healing abilities mean it can be used on wounds such as mouth ulcers and sunburn relief.
- It is because of these water attraction qualities that this simple but powerful molecule has developed cult status in the skincare and increasingly in the make-up world. Not only are we applying it to our skin topically using it in facemasks serums creams, we’re taking hyaluronic supplements plus we’re also injecting it into our faces to plump up those areas that need a volume boost. Wow!
I’m not going to try and say this is a comprehensive list of products that harness the power of Hyaluronic Acid… but instead, these are just a few of our favourites at the moment for each step in your routine.