What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid has become one of the most commonly used and must-have ingredients used by skin-care experts all around the world. The ingredient; a molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies, binds to water to help retain moisturise levels and provide the skin with that dewy complexion. The popular ingredient should be a staple in your daily skincare routine and is predominately found in your favourite serums, moisturisers and booster.
"Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin, [and] it helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated," explains dermatologist, Tsippora Shainhouse.
Essentially, Hyaluronic Acid increases hydration in the skin, which can keep your skin looking plump and fresh. "The collagen in our dermis forms the structure of the skin," Shainhouse says. "Natural hyaluronic acid is bound to collagen on one side and links to water molecules on the other, giving skin its plumpness."
What is it and why is it so important?
As we start to age, our bodies start to breakdown collagen, and water levels within the skin start to diminish. As a result of this, our skin and complexion becomes dehydrated and lacklustre. By implementing Hyaluronic Acid into your daily skincare routine, it acts as a humectant that attracts water to the skin in an effort to hydrate it.
Our skin is the largest organ in the body and can absorb up to 60% of nutrients we apply to it. This is particularly why Hyaluronic Acid is so effective as the ingredient penetrates the skin quite easily and efficiently. It’s lightweight nature, plumps and hydrates the skin, creating a more youthful and vibrant complexion.
Why we love Hyaluronic Acid so much is because it is suitable to all skin types including sensitive skin’s, as it is nonirritating and does not trigger rosacea or allergic reactions. Don’t let the word “acid” scare you off, as it is safe and a fantastic ingredient for all skin types and concerns. There are no known side effects of Hyaluronic Acid on the skin as it is naturally produced in our bodies.