Why is hyaluronic acid so beneficial to our skin? Find out below…
Hyaluronic acid holds its own weight in skin care’s walk of fame. As a humectant that is naturally forming in the body, the best way to describe it is as Nature’s moisturiser.
Increases much needed moisture: This hydrophilic, water-loving molecule holds up to 1,000x its weight and is able to penetrate the top layers of the epidermis to increase moisture levels and improve the integrity of the skin.
Reduces irritation caused by dryness: When the skin lipid barrier is compromised from dryness, it can become easily irritated, causing a host of skin issues, including inflammation, redness and acne. Hyaluronic acid applied under one’s moisturiser can bring significant improvements to dry skin and goes a long way to minimising future skin problems.
Visibly reduce wrinkles: Our high levels of hyaluronic acid significantly decreases with age. The penetration of hyaluronic acid helps our dry skin lock in moisture to boost its elasticity and promotes plumpness. This is why babies have plump skins. Hyaluronic acid visibly reduces fine lines, giving the skin an overall youthful appearance.
How to add it to your skin care routine?
Hyaluronic acid is easily added to your skin care regime! Many brands carry hydrating serums as a part of their range. Use Skinceuticals B5 Hydrating Gel or Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster under your moisturiser for added hydration.
Some brands list sodium hyaluronate, a salt derived from hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient, such as PCA Skin Hydrating Serum. Both ingredients promote a similar increase in hydration. Simply look out for either or in the ingredients list when buying your product.
Or if that extra step seems too troublesome, look for brands that add it into their cleanser or moisturiser. Cleanse and hydrate at the same time with Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream or apply Murad’s Perfecting Day Cream for an effective overall anti aging skincare regime that targets free radicals, protects skin from sun spots and binds moisture to the skin.