Skincare inredient trends come and go, with many often proven to be unworthy of the hype. However, when it comes to Hyaluronic Acid, this is refreshingly not the case. Here's why this power hydrator should be in everyone's skincare routine.
What is it about Hyaluronic Acid that makes it so popular with everyone? Seriously, this product is loved by every generation, gender & income group across the planet. Even Khloe Kardashian snaps about it regularly.
WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?
Hyaluronic Acid is the key to instantly plumping fine lines and making skin look glowy. Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful skincare ingredient that helps retain moisture. It attracts water, hydrating the skin without making it oily. Hyaluronic Acid, commonly known as HA, is found naturally in our skin, it holds water and helps keep the skin hydrated and plump. As we age, our natural hyaluronic acid levels deplete, and that loss of moisture means drier, rougher and lined skin.
KEY BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID?
The key benefit of hyaluronic Acid is hydration other than its unbelievable ability to retain moisture. When skin is dehydrated, it can appear dry, rough and even show more fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration—leading to smoother, plumper skin cells. When used in skincare products, Hyaluronic Acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin, continually keeping skin moisturised throughout the day.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I START USING HYALURONIC ACID?
Dehydration can affect us at any age from as young as our 20’s and all through our years. Improvements in skin texture, hydration and plumpness are visible when incorporating Hyaluronic Acid into our product routines from our 20s, into our 30s, 40s and 50+.
ARE THERE ANY DOWNSIDES TO USING HYALURONIC ACID?
Simply no, but remember that Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from its surroundings. If there is no surrounding moisture to pull from, then, HA can’t do its job properly. For example, applying it on its own while on a plane won’t be effective; if you need it to hold onto water, there needs to be some for it to grab. The best practice is to use under a moisturiser or cream to really trap in the moisture.
TEN REASONS EVERYONE SHOULD USE HYALURONIC ACID
Think of hyaluronic Acid like a BIG drink of water for your skin. It can hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid penetrates the skin and binds water to the cells, infusing the skin with valuable, rejuvenating moisture.
2. HELPS SMOOTH OUT WRINKLES
Known as a top wrinkle fighter. Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines & wrinkles by retaining moisture to the skin, helping firm facial contours while creating a plumping effect which also smooths the texture of the skin for a more youthful appearance.
3. STIMULATES HEALTHIER VIBRANT SKIN
HA helps reverse damage caused by lifestyle habits and stimulates skin cell regeneration by offering extra hydration and barrier protection to the skin. This naturally leads to healthier cells and a more vibrant complexion.
4. PROTECTS FROM UV DAMAGE
Applying hyaluronic Acid each day can give your skin a little more protection against the sunshine. This damage can result in more fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and drier skin. Hyaluronic Acid helps keep the UV rays from causing your skin to age prematurely or develop sunspots.
5. TIGHTER SKIN TONE
No one wants saggy skin. Ever. As we age, the elastin in the skin breaks down, and skin loses its snap, or bounce back. Hyaluronic Acid helps with the appearance of tightness in the skin as it fills the skin with moisture and tightens the overall complexion.
6. NATURAL AND NON-IRRITATING
Unlike other ingredients, any skin type can benefit from using Hyaluronic Acid, from oily to dry. Also, it does not react with medications or sunscreens, making it easier to incorporate into your daily routine.
7. CALMS & SOOTHES SKIN
Protects skin by providing antioxidants to defend against environmental aggressors and reduces inflammation. Hyaluronic Acid is excellent at calming the skin down and getting rid of unwanted redness.
8. HELPS KEEP SKIN CLEAR
When oily skin is stripped of hydration, it overcompensates to hydrate the skin by producing more oil. A big misconception is that oily and acne-prone skins don’t need hydration, but in fact, they do. By promoting a proper moisture balance in the skin, Hyaluronic Acid prevents the over-production of oil that clogs pores and causes breakouts.
9. IT’S A HUMECTANT.
After infusing the top layer of the skin with valuable moisture, Hyaluronic Acid acts as a humectant and continues to draw moisture in from the surrounding environment. Provide lasting hydration for the skin and increased resilience.
10. FORTIFIES AND STRENGTHENS SKIN
The lipid barrier is our skin’s primary function to protect our body from harmful toxins that bombard us daily. Everything from UV rays to environmental pollution, to lifestyle choices, causes damage to our skin. As we age, the lipid barrier in the epidermis slows down. Hyaluronic Acid fortifies the skin’s natural barriers to help lock moisture in for an even more dramatic hydrating effect. Over time, this can help slow down the deterioration of the lipid barrier, helping to protect and fortify it. Meaning it is better able to defend itself against environmental pollutants.