While shopping for beauty products we often stumble upon ingredients we have no knowledge of. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that has gained a lot of popularity in the beauty and skin care industry. You may have seen it as a key component in toning lotions, regenerating face masks and revitalizing serums. Wondering what it is and what it really does? You’re not alone and we’re here to help.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. Within the body it transports nutrients to cells and removes toxins, it acts as a cushioning agent and lubricates joints. Hyaluronic acid also facilitates water retention in body tissue therefore proving to be a very useful ingredient within the skin care industry. In fact, Hyaluronic acid can absorb more than one thousand times its weight in water.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic Acid is also a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair. Topically applied, Hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance. As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which creates aging like effects on skin appearance as it loses its elasticity. Thus Hyaluronic acid can play a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture, therefore maintaining an individual’s youthful skin.
The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Since Hyaluronic acid holds moisture well-holding up to a thousand times its weight in water; it is a commonly used component in moisturizers. In these moisturizers, it functions not only to deliver water to the skin, but also to hold it there. As a large molecule, it doesn’t permeate deep into the skin, but instead stays near the surface where it moisturizes the skin surface layers.
The loss of natural Hyaluronic acid is one of the causes of wrinkles, so the idea of putting Hyaluronic acid back into the skin to repair wrinkles makes sense. Hyaluronic acid fillers are useful for reducing or removing wrinkles. By reducing wrinkles, Hyaluronic acid fillers make the skin look younger and increase skin tone, making it look smooth and supple.
For those who might be concerned about side effects you need not be worried. Hyaluronic acid is completely natural. It is already found in abundance in the body; therefore the human body does not see it as foreign. Now that you know what Hyaluronic acid is all about do not hesitate to add it to your skincare routine!
Products to try:
Clinician’s Complex Derma Moist