Hyaluronic acid is a molecule, which occurs naturally in the human body to help cushion and lubricate the joints. It’s found in connective tissue and eye fluids, however, most of hyaluronic acid found in the body is in the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient found in skin-care products and also heavily used as a dermal filler in cosmetic injectables.
Hyaluronic acid has the unique ability to bind and retain water molecules, HA (hyaluronic acid) can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, and because of this feature, can give our skin a plumper and firmer appearance.
Levels of hyaluronic acid decrease in our bodies as we age. Skin slowly loses water, loses elasticity and its structure softens. It is estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the production of hyaluronic acid is roughly half of what the body requires for adequate moisture retention.
When applied topically to the skin, HA strengthens the outer layers of the skin to create a healthy barrier, for softer, younger looking, firmer skin that glows. The best delivery of HA through cosmetic use is in a serum, mask or moisturiser.
There is so much advancement and innovative technology available now for skin beautifying treatments and products, and although I utilise these in my own practice and on myself, I also believe that sometimes keeping things simple is most effective. Sometimes less is more, and you don’t necessarily need an arsenal of products in your regime (although no judgement here!) but just a few, key, effective products, depending on your skin type and condition.
I see amazing results on myself, and my clients, with the regular use of products containing hylauronic acid, and I wouldn’t have a home care regime that didn’t include this ingredient which is so effective on my dry, dehydrated, sensitised and ageing skin.
Even for combination or oiler skin types, this ingredient works really well. Not only does it hydrate the skin, which can assist in slowing down sebum production, but it is capable of removing waste from the cells and calming inflammation, creating healthier skin.
In my humble opinion, HA, and its application, is a cornerstone of skincare technology and I would recommend that any person, regardless of age, gender, skin type or condition, incorporate this ingredient into their regular skin care regimen.