HA- Hyaluronic Acid 101

In our previous post about dry skin we briefly talked about hyaluronic acid, however that was merely the tip of the iceberg.
This time we want to dive deeper into all the wonderful benefits of this magical ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is not exactly a new ingredient and it’s something you’ve bound to have seen before. Despite probably being one of the most famous ingredients in a variety of products there still is a lot of misconception about what it is and how you use it.
We’re here to clear all of that up for you, so you know how to best optimize the use of HA in skincare.

What is hyaluronic acid? Its a substance that’s naturally produced within our bodies.
It’s mainly found in the; skin, connective tissues and eyes. The reason why your body produces it is to retain water and help lubricate the tissues to keep them moist.

If we have it in our skin already then what is the benefit of applying it topically? Even though HA is naturally found in the skin over the years things like ageing, sun, smoking and other factors can decrease the amount of HA the body produces. Therefore adding it during your skincare routine will help boost the HA levels and in doing so will create a more supple and plump appearance.

How does it work in skincare? Easiest way to understand how it works is to think of it like a sponge. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to a 1000x it’s own weight in water, just like a sponge can absorb water and retrain it. When you then use the sponge it evenly spreads the water across the surface. Same thing goes for HA in skincare, you need to add water to it in order for it to be effective. Otherwise it will start to draw from the water you already have in your skin. Remember you want to add water, not use what you already have in your skin. That way the HA molecules will slowly release water and hydration in your skin all day long. So even though it does help with hydration it’s not technically a hydrating ingredient. It’s actually a humectant, which doesn’t hydrate in itself, but it helps trap water into your skin and in doing so it hydrates.

How do we incorporate hyaluronic acid into our skin care routine? Luckily it’s a versatile ingredient that can be used both in the AM and PM routines. It also mixes extremely well with other ingredients so it’s easy to add in regardless of what routine you currently have. It also works as a buffer from other harsher acids you might use. If you want to try incorporating a retinol or a using a higher percentage of vitamin C for example, using a HA serum before hand it will shield your skin slightly to combat any irritation that may otherwise occur.

In conclusion, hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that is extremely beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin. It helps with dull complexion, it can even help with the appearance of fine lines and prevents irritation.

 


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