Despite its popularity, hyaluronic acid is one of the most misunderstood and misused ingredients in skin care. It’s often confused with alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) since they all do wonders for the skin.
AHA’s and BHA exfoliate the topmost layers of your skin. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is a great pick for anyone looking for a serious boost of skin moisture, no matter your skin type.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is technically a protein, that is found naturally in the skin. It’s also found in the eyes, connective tissue and joints.
Hyaluronic acid as a powerful hydrator. It has an amazing ability to attract and hold water in the skin (it can hold up to 1,000x its own weight in moisture) and in the rest of the body where it is found. It lubricates the joints and helps to repair damage to the body after injury.
Q. If hyaluronic acid is already in our skin and body, why do we need to use a hyaluronic acid serum?
A. As we age and go through life, our skin becomes increasingly dry and loses moisture. Ageing skin loses its firmness, becomes less supple and often looks dehydrated. A product that contains hyaluronic acid can replenish the moisture that ageing skin is lacking and improve the appearance of fine lines and make the skin looks more smooth.”
Everyone can and should be using a product containing hyaluronic acid, regardless of age, skin type or concern. The great thing about hyaluronic acid is that it can be used on all skin types, even sensitive, acne and rosacea prone skin. There is nothing better at almost instantly giving a refreshed, hydrated, smooth appearance to the skin.
Some formulations claim that they contain hyaluronic acid even though the amount is very small – so beware and read the ingredient list.
Look for the ingredient ‘sodium hyaluronate’ early in the ingredient list as the closer an item is to the beginning of an ingredient list the higher the content in that product.
Hyaluronic acid is a big molecule, and if not formulated well, it may just sit on the skin’s surface. Look for other additional ingredients along with the hyaluronic acid like ceramides, peptides, niacinamide or other antioxidants that can assist the hyaluronic acid transdermally penetrating the skin levels.
We also recommend your moisturiser products be paraben-free, fragrance-free and propylene glycol free.