Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin to keep it refreshed, stable and encourage skin cell renewal.
Hyaluronic acid. To the less beauty savvy, it sounds terrifying. Definitely not something you want to apply to the skin on your face.
But what if you knew that hyaluronic acid could be the secret to having hydrated, plump, fresh and flawless skin?
In fact, our own skin cells actually produce hyaluronic acid naturally in a bid to maintain moisture levels but with makeup and air pollutants to name just a few contributors, our natural levels are just not as high as they should be.
When our natural levels drop this causes our skin to become more sensitive, dull, develop some fine lines and uneven tone and texture. NOT something any of us really want is it?
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin to keep it refreshed, stable and encourage skin cell renewal. However, it's most loved for its incredible water retention properties.
As skin ages, it becomes drier as its ability to retain water lessens which results in loss of firmness and fine lines. Collagen is mainly made of water and this is exactly what keeps skin looking youthful. When applied, hyaluronic acid will rehydrate skin for a plumper appearance and will minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydration isn't the only benefit of hyaluronic acid, it also has antioxidant properties to protect your skin from the environment, sun exposure and harsh chemicals.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid So Good For Your Skin?
- If skin is sufficiently hydrated, it feels soft, plump and looks so much more radiant.
- When skin is hydrated, lines and wrinkles appear diminished, so it is a great ingredient for those with ageing skin.
- It works for all skin types. hyaluronic acid works for any skin type, even sensitive or acne-prone skin, as well as those with an oily complexion.
- Recent research suggests that hyaluronic acid also has antioxidant properties, which means it can act like a shield against free radicals we aren't in control of, like pollutions and other aggressors.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe?
Yes! Don't be scared by the name because, unlike some acids, it doesn't strip the skin. It is different to other acids which are used to exfoliate. A natural and powerful moisture-binding substance, it delivers gentle hydration to where your skin needs it the most.
How do I know If I need Hyaluronic Acid?
If your skin is dehydrated
Different to dry skin, dehydrated skin can be peppered with lines and wrinkles and has the tendency to look dull. It also often feels rough, tight and sensitive which is where hyaluronic acid comes in.
It has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it keeps moisture locked in, quenching parched patches instantly keeping your face generally moisturised throughout the day.
If you have mature skin
Hyaluronic acid, specifically high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, gives mature skin back the bounce and elasticity it may have lost naturally. Moisture slightly swells the uppermost layers of the skin so fine lines and wrinkles will look instantaneously less noticeable.
Laura Doyle, Mum of 4. Kyle 9, Noa Belle 4, Briar 2 and Milla 12 months. Breastfeeder, co-sleeper, coffee drinker. Staying positive and inspired by the chaos of it all. Follow her on Instagram.