Whether you are a skincare expert or novice, chances are you’ve heard of Hyaluronic Acid. In 2020 there were over half a million Google searches on queries related to the benefits of hyaluronic acid, with over 65,000 for serums and moisturisers, which prove to be the most wanted products. It is one of the most talked-about ingredients in the industry today, with many people incorporating a HA product in their everyday skincare routine to reap the benefits (and trust us, there are many). In this guide, we will go through everything you need to know about Hyaluronic Acid and understand how to incorporate it into your beauty regime.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar produced by our body. Its main function isto retain moisture, keep muscles lubricated and prevent water loss. The largest amounts of it can be found in the skin, connective tissue and eyes. It is capable of absorbing up to x1000 its weight in moisture, so it is no surprise that this powerful moisture-binding substance is so popular in skincare.
When used within products Hyaluronic Acid derivatives can be referred to under a few other naming conventions which include HA, Hyaluronan, Sodium Hyaluronate.
What does it do?
Your body naturally produces Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin hydrated by binding to water molecules and aiding the absorption of water into the skin. In addition, it protects your skins natural barrier whilst helping to strengthen the skin, keeping it nourished and healthy.
It is an essential nutrient to maintain healthy connective tissues in your body. Over time, levels of Hyaluronic Acid decrease, leaving very little left for our skin after it has made its way around our body. This can result in skin dehydration and signs of ageing to appear such as loss of elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles.
Ageing and exposure to UV radiation and pollutants can all contribute to the reduction of natural Hyaluronic Acid in our skin.
What are the main benefits?
Hyaluronic Acid is highly regarded for delivering optimal hydration to plump and smooth the skin, whilst reducing the appearance and depth of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a firmer, more radiant and younger looking complexion which you can feel confident in.
Other benefits include:
- Replenishes the skin creating natural radiance
- Natural humectant with excellent moisturisation
- Delivers intense hydration deep into the layers of the skin
- Retains water and prevents it from evaporating to refine, plump and nourish the complexion
- Restore skins natural suppleness
- Plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Support the skin in repairing itself
How do I get it?
There are a few ways to increase your intake of Hyaluronic Acid, one of which is incorporating foods rich in the substance into your diet. Foods with high levels include root vegetables, leafy greens, citrus fruit and soy.
Hyaluronic Acid can also be found in a variety of everyday skincare products including moisturizers and serums. It can take several weeks for your skin to get used to the product and start seeing the benefits of this hero ingredient. For optimal results, eat a diet rich in Hyaluronic Acid, as well as apply topically in your daily skincare regime, allowing optimum absorption and protection of your skin.
Who can use it and can you get too much?
While many people might be put off by the term ‘acid’, there is nothing harmful about Hyaluronic Acid. It is suitable for all skin types and can be used everyday season-by-season, to draw in moisturise and keep the skin feeling hydrated. Like any active skincare ingredient, in a high concentration, too much Hyaluronic Acid may leave your skin feeling thirsty for hydration or cause a small amount of irritation. Ensure you are using the recommended dosage for optimum results and to restore the natural balance in your skin.