Hyaluronic acid – this gooey, clear substance is one key to hydrated, good-looking skin!
There are numerous benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin. Keep reading to find out how to use it and how it works:
Hyaluronic Acid: the humectant
Being a humectant, HA draws in moisture from the outside, so is particularly beneficial for dehydrated skin. It’s also great for “plumping up” aging skin, which often looks “aged” due to a lack in surface moisture.
How Does It Work?
The magic of hyaluronic acid lies in its ability to replenish plenty of moisture. This helps in revitalizing the outer layer of the skin. As a result, the appearance of wrinkles and lines decrease.
With age, the amount of hyaluronic acid being produced naturally by the skin cells reduces. This contributes to rough patches, wrinkles, and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid can help “plump” up skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines especially.
Dehydrated skin is different to dry skin- and any skin type can get dehydrated with lack of moisture. The skin starts looking dull and can show signs of aging. Dehydrated skin feels sensitive, tight, and rough. Hyaluronic acid can help restore the hydration it needs. (Dry skin lacks oil, while dehydrated lacks water. See more about the difference here)
Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid = Best Friends
Hyaluronic acid and collagen are both present in your body’s connective tissues. Hyaluronic acid binds the collagen together with elastin, another protein, which enhances the elasticity of skin.
These two work well together to maintain youthful skin. So it’s a good idea to use skin care products and supplements that have both.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid for Skin:
The best way to use Hyaluronic Acid is in a serum:
- Apply on your face every night before going to bed. There are water-based hyaluronic acid serums available that are best for oily/combination skin. And oil based hyaluronic acid serum are best for normal/dry skin.
- Or use a hyaluronic acid moisturizing cream. Make sure you look for hyaluronic acid concentration which is at least 0.1% as anything less would be ineffective.
- Or add simple, pure hyaluronic acid to a moisturizing cream you already use!
- *Note: while HA helps with moisture, it usually isn’t enough by itself. Dry and aging skin need some sort of oil and/or emollient, so if you choose to use pure hyaluronic acid, do use it with a moisturizer or cream