We know how it sounds. Anything with 'acid' in the title can't be good for you or your skin right?
Well put simply, yes, in the case of Hyaluronic Acid. Which you will learn to love.
We'll start with the science. Hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan) is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of molecule composed partly of sugars. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body.
So why is hyaluronic acid such a big deal? The magic of this ingredient lies in its ability to retain moisture; it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer. In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six litres of water!
This is important with regard to ageing because one of the main components of youthful skin is its moisture content. As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and pliability...
Note: This does not mean that everyone’s skin becomes dry with age; it simply means that skin lacks the amount of moisture it had in its youth due to sun damage and/or other factors.
Hyaluronic acid can improve your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen skin’s barrier; that is, the outer layers of your skin. A healthy barrier looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper—all trademarks of younger-looking skin! But, with hyaluronic acid, that’s not all you get—there are many additional benefits beyond just a more youthful appearance.
We know that just about everything, from sun damage and acne to sensitive skin and rosacea, can lead to a damaged barrier, so repairing skin’s barrier with skin-identical ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, can go a long way toward fixing, or at least minimising, those issues, which means it’s helpful for all skin types. Its lightweight texture isn’t an issue for oily skin, and it’s gentle enough that it isn’t a problem for sensitive skin.
Even better: Hyaluronic acid also provides antioxidant defence against free-radical damage, and reduces inflammation. Now that’s what we call a multitasking anti-ageing ingredient!
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What About Hyaluronic Acid's Plumping Benefits?
Because both hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate add moisture to the skin, and help it retain that moisture, from skin’s uppermost layers down to its dermis layer, they can have the effect of temporarily plumping wrinkles and fine lines (adding moisture to the skin always does that, but these ingredients supercharge the process).
The Bottom Line
When it comes to skincare, hyaluronic acid can reduce the appearance of fine lines, promote younger-looking skin, and help create a healthier barrier. When these ingredients are combined with an anti-ageing routine that includes gentle products and daily broad-spectrum sun protection, you’re on the right path for younger, supple looking skin!