Hyaluronic acid is at least one of the keys to hydrated, good-looking skin!
The numerous benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin make is super important to add to your skin care. Keep reading to find out why, how and where to use it.
Hyaluronic Acid: the humectant
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws in moisture from the outside. It is able to hold 1000x its own body weight in water.
This makes it really beneficial for dehydrated skin and for “plumping up” aging skin. The “aged” look is often” due to a lack in moisture in the skins surface.
Ever woken up after a night of too many alcoholic drinks and gazed in wonder at how you managed to age a decade overnight? (we have!) This is an example of the aging effect of dehydration. Hyaluronic acid helps with that—but may not be able to reverse a hang over…
Using it regularly in your skin care also helps prevent aging concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, dull and patchy skin.
How Does It Work?
The magic of hyaluronic acid lies in its ability to replenish moisture. This helps in revitalizing the outer layer of the skin.
When this layer is plumped up with moisture the appearance of wrinkles and lines decrease. Those wrinkles and lines are also less likely to develop in properly hydrated skin. Win win.
Hyaluronic is produced naturally in your skin. But with age this natural amount reduces.
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:
Hyaluronic comes in all sorts of skin care products. So which one is most beneficial? You definitely want to get it into your skin routine somewhere.
A serum has the potential to deliver the most bang for your buck. These are often combined with other potent goodies like vitamin C. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid come second.
Let’s look at both:
The easiest 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 is 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
Hyaluronic Acid FAQs:
Isn’t Hyaluronic Acid an Injectable?
It is. Commonly called a “filler”, hyaluronic acid is used by plastic surgeons to add volume to your face and lips.
What are the Side Effects of Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is reasonably safe.