What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring polysaccharide produced by our bodies that helps keep cells hydrated and healthy. It’s found in the body’s connective tissue, including the skin, eyes, joints, ligaments and cartilage. It’s also found in high concentrations within the joints and other areas of the body where it helps provide lubrication, cushioning, and flexibility.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do for Skin?
The acid helps skin cells retain moisture by binding to water molecules that keep the skin plump and hydrated. As we age, our natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down, leading to wrinkles and fine lines as well as dull-looking skin. Applying HA topically can replenish our skin’s levels of this essential compound and help restore a youthful appearance. The ability of HA to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water makes it an effective moisturizer that can leave the skin feeling soft and supple.
When used regularly, hyaluronic acid can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The molecule’s ability to attract and hold moisture helps skin maintain a healthy balance of hydration while providing anti-aging effects. Additionally, HA has many other beneficial properties that can improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. Hyaluronic acid protects against environmental damage caused by free radicals, reduces inflammation and redness, boosts collagen production, regulates sebum levels (oiliness), brightens dark spots and pigmentation, and even helps with acne scarring!
Why Is It Important To Incorporate Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Skincare Regime?
As we age, our bodies naturally produce less hyaluronic acid, leading to a decrease in skin elasticity and an increase in wrinkles. This is why it’s important to incorporate HA into your skincare regime as you age. Applying products with HA can help combat these signs of aging by deeply moisturizing the skin, increasing collagen production and improving skin tone and texture.
When using hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine, make sure you look for formulas that contain high-quality, low molecular weight HA which will penetrate deeper into the skin layers providing better hydration and anti-aging benefits (our SPF 45 Face Cream uses a low molecular weight form of HA!)
When applied to the skin, HA has the unique ability to attract and retain up to 1000x its weight in water, making it an ideal skincare ingredient for achieving a plump and hydrated complexion. It can also help boost collagen production, which helps minimize wrinkles and fine lines while improving overall skin texture. Additionally, hyaluronic acid can even out skin tone by reducing inflammation caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution or dry weather conditions.
Incorporating Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Skincare Regimen
To reap all the benefits offered by hyaluronic acid, it’s important to incorporate it into your daily skincare routine. Start off by using a gentle cleanser followed by a serum containing HA and other beneficial ingredients that are suited to your skin type. After cleansing, you may want to apply moisturizers or creams with added HA to lock in hydration and keep the skin looking youthful. Sunscreen is especially important as UV rays can break down hyaluronic acid within the skin over time. Using a facial sunscreen that is formulated with hyaluronic acid, such as our SPF 45 Face Cream, offers a one-shot, seamless solution for this.
By introducing products with hyaluronic acid into your skincare regime, you’ll be able to target all signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging skin, and dryness. In addition to providing instant results after use, regular application will help prevent further damage caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution. For maximum efficacy, we recommend using hyaluronic acid products that also include antioxidants in them - such as cucumber extracts, like in our SPF 45 Face Cream - to combat free radicals and help reverse the signs of aging.