Some years ago now, when I first heard of hyaluronic acid, I was reluctant to try it. It is only because it is called “acid,” but it could actually be the secret to flawless skin.
If you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, have a dewy, glowy complexion, hyaluronic acid might be the answer.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced by the cells in your skin to retain moisture. Environmental factors and aging can reduce the levels of it.
Hyaluronic acid explained
Hyaluronic acid, or hyaluronan, is a polysaccharide produced by your body found in your skin and connective tissues to retain water. It is a hydrophilic molecule that absorbs waters and retains moisture in the skin, eyes and joints.
Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin by drawing moisture from the skin and the environment and stops the loss of water through evaporation. The result: supple, glowing skin.
It can be applied topically –as a serum, moisturizer or face mask– or injected into the skin. the size of the hyaluronic acid molecules varies: larger molecules provide instant hydration, thus repairing the skin barrier and acting as an anti-inflammatory, though this effect is temporary. Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is absorbed deeper into the skin and plumps and firms the skin internally, thus providing longer effects.
Who should use hyaluronic acid
It works great for all skin types as it protects the skin from the environment –pollution decreases the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin making it appear dull and tight.
Benefits of hyaluronic acid
1. It attracts moisture
It helps replenish and retain water in your skin cells.
2. It absorbs quickly
Hyaluronic acid is quickly absorbed into the skin and you’ll feel an instant boost and you can layer other skincare products over it.
3. It makes skin more elastic
For firm, smooth and radiant skin hyaluronic acid is paramount.
4. It is gentle on the skin
It is safe for all skin types, including oily skin. It does not irritate your skin even if you tend to have sensitive skin.
5. It promotes glow
Fine lines and wrinkles appear less severe when your skin is hydrated –applying topical or injectable hyaluronic acid will minimize the signs of aging.
6. It is a powerful antioxidant
Hyaluronic acid is great to protect your skin from free-radical damage from UV rays, pollution, smoke and other toxins.
7. It can be included easily
As it is a versatile product, you can choose cleansers infused with hyaluronic acid, toners and moisturizers and it won’t interfere with other skincare products.
8. It helps wounds heal
Hyaluronic acid can speed up the healing process as it regulates inflammation and has antibacterial properties.
Only those who have very dry skin could experience some redness, inflammation and small breakouts when hyaluronic acid is not used with a moisturizer after its application. If you suffer from dry skin, make sure the skin’s barrier is healed before reintroducing hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine.
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