‘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.