I had no idea what I was purchasing when I bought my first hyaluronic acid (HA) serum five years ago. At first, I was very wary of the ingredient. I didn’t understand how something with “acid” in its name could be beneficial for my skin. Also, the word “hyaluronic” is difficult to spell and pronounce-so, how could it possibly be a natural?
All my doubts aside, I bought the serum. I started applying it to my face every day and saw positive results within a month. Five years after my introduction to this miracle ingredient, I am an enthusiastic convert. I am here to (hopefully) convert you as well.
Sometimes referred to as “botox in a bottle,” HA can provide a wide variety of benefits for your skin’s health and appearance. With regular use, this incredible ingredient can make your skin look plumper, dewier, and younger! Read below to learn more about hyaluronic acid, from facts about its use to the benefits of topical application.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar molecule that occurs naturally in our skin. The molecule helps bind water to collagen, making the skin more hydrated and improving its overall appearance. HA helps the skin appear plumper and more dewy.
The HA in our bodies can hold up to one thousand times its weight in water. With its water-density, hyaluronic acid helps our joints and skin retain moisture, preventing that moisture from evaporating into the air.
Why do we need to use hyaluronic acid in our skin care routines?
Similar to collagen and elastin, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases as we age. Because of this natural decrease, it becomes harder for our skin to retain moisture. When the skin lacks moisture, it can become dehydrated more easily.
Hyaluronic acid serves as a wonderful humectant for the skin. HA can help draw moisture to your skin’s top layer. More moisture= healthier and happier skin.
Who can use hyaluronic acid?
The great thing about hyaluronic acid is that it works with all skin types. The ingredient is nonirritating and does not trigger rosacea, acne, or other forms of allergic skin reactions. It is particularly recommended for those with dry or mature skin, as these skin types struggle to retain moisture.
When should I start using products with hyaluronic acid?
Anytime! It is never too early to use HA in your skin care routine!
It is recommended that you begin to use products with the ingredient around the age of twenty five. At twenty five, the skin’s cell renewal process begins to slow down. As we age, our skin stops producing elastin and collagen as frequently as before.
What about injectables?
The FDA approved several injectable forms of HA fillers. These fillers can be used in multiple areas of the face that may need a little pick-me-up. Once injected, the hyaluronic acid fillers attract water to the areas that they are applied and regenerate volume and lost structure. Although these fillers are FDA-approved, it is still advisable to talk to your dermatologist before considering getting them injected.
How to get the most out of HA:
There are many ways that HA can benefit your skin. Also, there are some tips and tricks that I have learned that will help you get the most of this great ingredient.
When combined with a tool like a derma roller, it can help the skin appear smoother and tighter.
When paired with a vitamin c serum and a vitamin c booster, it helps reduce age spots and pigmentation issues.
An ingredient that is beneficial for your overall skin health:
Hyaluronic acid is like a gift that keeps on giving! It can help the skin better defend itself against environmental pollutants and other irritants. It also, enhances the skin’s lipid barrier which means better protection for the skin. A strong lipid barrier results in fewer wrinkles and a brighter and bouncier appearance for the skin.
HA helps promote healthy skin cell regeneration. The ingredient gives the skin extra hydration and protection, leading to healthier skin cells and a more vibrant complexion.
As it fills the skin with moisture, HA will help the skin appear much tighter.
It’s also good for wound care:
It can help heal wounds by regulating the body’s inflammation levels. HA signals the creation of more blood vessels in the damaged area, leading to fast healing. The ingredient also has antibacterial properties. HA can reduce the risk of infection when applied to an open wound.
Get started today!
You can find a ton of products that contain hyaluronic acid. From masks to serums, the possibilities are endless
Personally, I recommend applying HA to your skin in the form of a serum. Use an HA serum at least once a day or as directed on the product’s label.
Hyaluronic acid is a simple and inexpensive way to improve your skin’s health and appearance.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up an HA serum today!