What benefits does Hyaluronic Acid really hold for your skin?

‘Hyaluronic Acid’ (HA) has become a popular buzzword in beauty. Many products, from moisturisers to face masks and serums, pride themselves in their HA content. But what does this miracle ingredient really do for your skin?

The main reason HA has gained so much attention is its power to deliver lasting hydration to the skin. Each little molecule can hold 1000 times its weight in water!

Our bodies naturally produce HA but the amount your body produces decreases with age. So our skin is not able to retain moisture as well as it use to. Babies are born with lots of hyaluronic acid in their skin, which is why it’s so soft!

Less moisture means our skin loses its suppleness, it starts to sag and fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent. The surface of dehydrated skin is also more vulnerable to damage.

How can Hyaluronic Acid benefit your skin?

Applying HA helps plumps up the skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. When your skin receives that intense dose of hydration from HA, it becomes more supple and appears firmer, less saggy, and more toned. But the benefits that Hyaluronic Acid holds for your skin don’t stop there.

  • By providing your skin’s outer layers with intense hydration, HA helps repair the skin’s natural ‘armour’. HA strengthens your skin’s protective barrier to give you stronger, healthier skin that is better protected from environmental damage.
  • Similarly, HA’s anti-inflammatory properties support your skin’s ability to heal and repair itself.
  • HA is fantastic for restoring skin’s hydration year-round. As we head into cold winter months, dry air and heaters zap our skin’s moisture. In summer, heat and sun exposure can completely dry out the skin. This means HA should be a key part of your skincare routine throughout the year.

Pro tip: To get the most out of HA, go for a HA serum. Serums have a light, thin texture but contain higher concentrations of actives. A potent HA serum will work miracles for your skin, especially if you have dry skin.

Did you know that there are 3 types of HA? 

Not all of them deliver all the real benefits of HA.

  1. As we already mentioned, our body naturally produces HA. But this decreases with age. To fight the loss of such a crucial molecule, the beauty industry came up with a form of synthetic HA. It was first created for use in dermo fillers to mimic the action of natural HA. However, this type of HA molecule is too big to penetrate the skin, unless it is injected.
  2. Synthetic HA is commonly used in skincare products. Sadly, with prolonged use, synthetic HA is known to induce reactions such as rashes and redness. This is because the water-binding properties of synthetic HA may work against you.  Synthetic HA used in skincare pulls up the moisture from the deepest layers of your skin! It may cause the skin to become even more dehydrated and more saggy with extended use. The eye contour area is the hardest hit by these effects. Synthetic HA may cause under eye bags to look more pronounced.
  3. To save your skin, look for an alternative form of HA: Botanical Hyaluronic Acid. Our ultra-potent HA Hydro Boost serum contains this unique form of HA. Created using revolutionary technology, the HA molecule in our HA Hydro Boost serum is small enough to penetrate the skin and mimic the action of natural HA.

You can apply the HA Hydro Boost serum directly to the skin as part of your skincare routine. Or you can avoid having to layer your products and get it all done in one step.

Here’s how.

Choose the moisturiser that is right for your skin type. Its simple, if you have sensitive skin, go for the Delicate Cream. Those with oily skin should go for the Light Cream. If you have combination skin, Normal Cream is right for you. If your skin is very dry or if you have mature skin, go for the Rich Cream.

1. Press on the moisturiser lid to pump up the cream.

2. Add a shot of the Boost. If you fancy addressing other skin concerns, you can also add a shot from another Boost. Choose from a range of targeted super serums and get 3 steps of layering done in 1.

3. Mix on top of the moisturiser jar and massage into the skin using gentle circular motion.

If you would like to apply the HA Hydro Boost serum the BIO-EXTRACTS way, get the serum here or shop for your perfect moisturiser by clicking here.