What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Although the word acid usually seems like something you should avoid when it comes to skincare, it is actually very beneficial for the skin. Hyaluronic acid also called hyaluronan is an anionic, no sulfated glycosaminoglycan. This can sound intimidating but what this actually means is that it is a naturally occurring substance which helps our skin renew itself, stay hydrated and bouncy. It is distributed throughout connective, neural and epithelial tissue.
What does it do?
Hyaluronic acid can replenish a lot of moisture. Only one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold liters of water. It can also adjust moisture absorption based on environmental factors like humidity. This way it doesn't drown the skin in unnecessary moisture.
As we age our skin loses elasticity and its ability to hold onto moisture decreases. The wrinkles start to appear and there is a noticeable lack of firmness. When skin is well-moisturized lines and wrinkles disappear, so it provides us with a great way to keep up the youthful appearance for longer. It also can protect our skin from free radicals we aren't in control of with its antioxidant properties. Hyaluronic acid is also suitable for all skin types, which is great because no matter what kind of skin type you have moisturizing is important.
Great for the dry skin
Dry skin tends to look dull and is more prone to wrinkles and early signs of aging. It can also feel sensitive, tight and irritated. This is where hyaluronic acid comes in with its moisture-holding properties. Babies have a lot of hyaluronic acid in their skin, which is why it's so soft. Applying products with hyaluronic acid regularly plumps up the skin and makes it appear more radiant.
Hyaluronic acid products to incorporate in your routine
Hada Labo Hyaluronic acid lotion is ideal for sensitive and easily irritated skin. It contains no fragrance, coloring or alcohol, therefore, it naturally moisturizes the skin.
Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask is a refreshing and cooling mask that will plump your skin while removing impurities and sebum.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask will purify, regenerate and hydrate your skin overnight.