What Is Hyaluronic Acid In Skin Care Products For? – What Is It?
For those of you less obsessed with skincare products than me, hyaluronic acid probably sounds the exact opposite of something you want to be putting on your skin especially your face but in actual fact hyaluronic acid is a natural component found in our skin.
It is a sugar molecule found naturally in your body and the key molecule for skin hydration as it has a unique capacity for retaining water.
It can actually hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
Hyaluronic acid is most abundant in our skin accounting for roughly 50% of our bodies total hyaluronic acid.
It’s the complete opposite of most acids you would normally associate with skincare products such as glycolic acid, lactic or salisylic acid which all exfoliate skin.
Hyaluronic acid is not an exfoliate, but a hydrator.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do For Your Skin?
As we age our natural hyaluronic acid levels within our skin start to decline and we produce less of it, this leads to dehydrated skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A high molecular weight hyaluronic acid works as a humectant by sitting in the upper layers of the skin and temporarily plumping it out.
Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is a much smaller molecule than hyaluronic acid and therefore is able to penetrate the skin and help to replenish the lost hydration in the deeper layers of the skin that occurs during the aging process.
Using both hyaluronic acid and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine is a great way to hydrate your skin on every level.
Hyaluronic acid draws water from the deeper layers of our skin and also from the air and anything we put on it plumping out the skin and rehydrating it, reducing the appearance of fine lines and creases.
What Skincare Products Has The Most Hyaluronic Acid?
Although you can find many products containing hyaluronic acid you are more likely to find low molecular weight hyaluronic acid in a lightweight serum and high molecular weight in moisturisers. (but not exclusively)
If possible try to go for products containing a mixture of both, sodium hyaluronate is also a good choice as this aids absorption into the skin.
Can You Use Hyaluronic Acid By Itself?
If using a hyaluronic serum, this will draw moisture from the deeper layers of the skin so lock it in with a moisturiser for ultimate benefits.
Hyaluronic acid can be used with most products except glycolic acid, this will break it down so you will not get the hydrating benefits.
How Can I Use Hyaluronic Acid On My Face?
The best way to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your facial routine is to use a hydrating serum, they’re easy to use, just apply morning and evening after cleansing.
What Are The Benefits To Using Hyaluronic Acid?
If you sufferer from dehydrated or aging skin, hyaluronic acid will naturally replace lost moisture from the outside in, it will give your skin a dewy glow, plumping out fines lines.
What Are The Side Effects To Using Hyaluronic Acid?
As hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our bodies and skin, any side effects are very rare.
If you had extremely dehydrated skin and were to regularly apply hyaluronic acid, the HA would draw moisture from the deeper layers of the skin.
If a moisturiser wasn’t used to lock in the moisture, it could be possible the moisture be drawn out and lost making the skin more dehydrated although I feel this would be extremely rare.
Can You Use Hyaluronic Acid If You Have Oily Skin?
As HA replaces water not oil it is an extremely good option for an oily skin type to use, even oily skin can loose hydration.
Another form of hyaluronic acid comes in the form of injectable treatments, of course this is only something you would have from a professional aesthetician but it’s still worth mentioning whilst were on the subject.
Skin boosters are an injectable form of hyaluronic acid, they can really boost hydration levels within the skin giving the skin a glowing radiant appearance.
Skin boosters also remodel the skin by encouraging it to produce more of its own natural HA, collagen and elastin which also decreases with age.
These would typically last 3-6 months.
Dermal fillers use an injectable hyaluronic acid which is cross linked to make it more stable so the body breaks it down more slowly to allow it to provide volume where this has been lost due to breakdown of collagen or in other cases to add contour or augmentation to the face.
This typically last 6-12 months.
This is a safe procedure If carried out by a fully trained medically qualified aesthetician.
It can come with risks such as occlusion of a blood vessel which if your practitioner isn’t properly trained and equipped in emergency reversal can lead to tissue necrosis and permanent scaring.
Always check your practitioners credentials.
Hyaluronic acid is definitely a word you are likely to keep hearing when it comes to skin care, and for good reason, it is an excellent ingredient for all skin types.
The perfect way to hydrate your skin from the outside in.
When looking for skincare, if possible go for something with both low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid.
If the molecules are too big it won’t penetrate your skin far enough to have any beneficial effect.
Always moisturise after applying your hyaluronic acid serum to lock in the moisture.
Don’t forget oily skin needs hydration too.
What are your favourite go to hyaluronic acid products, have you ever tried skin boosters, dermal fillers or considering them, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, please leave them in the comments box below.