Everything you want to know about this moment’s most wanted ingredient.
When you’re shopping for new skincare products, hyaluronic acid can’t be ignored. You’ll find it in serums, moisturizers, sheetmasks and pretty much all other categories. Almost all cosmetic brands have products on the market containing this powerhouse. And no wonder: it promises hydrated, glowy skin. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid and how does it work for your skin? We’ll sum up the facts.
WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?Ok, let’s start with the most complicated stuff (don’t drop out, the fun part will be here soon). Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that naturally occurs in our body. It binds moisture to collagen for example. This hydrates your skin and makes it more plump. Hence, it’s just like a glass of water for your skin.
There’s also another special feature about hyaluronic acid (also called HA): it can hold up to 1000 (!) times its own weight in moisture. Next to that, it works as a magnet attracting moisture from its surroundings. While stocking up on moist, it will release it to your skin overtime for a bright and hydrated skin as a result.
THE BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID
Hyaluronic acid hydrates, no matter your skin type
Since it attracts and holds moisture, it can be a great help to your dry skin. But a combination or oily skin can benefit from hyaluronic acid as well. Lots of skin types suffer from dehydration (which is different from lack of sebum) due to airco, central heating or cold weather. Therefore skin can feel dry and oily at the same time. HA comes to the rescue here: it will hydrate your skin without feeling greasy.
Hyaluronic acid fights fine lines and wrinklesDry skin will show fine lines sooner and is more prone to wrinkles. Therefore it’s even more important to retain your moisture levels. Next to that, hyaluronic acid will make your skin more plump as well, making fine lines and wrinkles less visible.
Like we mentioned before, HA naturally occurs in our body. Unfortunately those levels decrease over the years, among others by free radicals such as UV-radiation and pollution. By applying a hyaluron product, you’ll prevent your skin from a shortage and keep up your levels.
Hyaluronic acid gives you glowing skinHydrated skin is happy skin. Therefore hyaluronic acid is important for creating a glow as well. It doesn't only make your skin feel more comfortable, but also gives a dewy effect. Hence it’s ideal for big events too.
Next to these three big benefits, there is an increasing amount of research that proves hyaluronic acid works great to improve skin elasticity and speeds up wound healing too.