Everything you need to know about the benefits of using hyaluronic acid
What can Hyaluronic Acid do for you?
Let's face it, we're all suckers for hopping on the latest skincare or beauty trends, mostly because we want to see what all the hype is about.
We're even more inclined when the trend promises us soft, healthy and youthful looking skin.
One thing that's been grabbing everyone's attention for the past year or so is hyaluronic acid. We've been going crazy for any serum, moisturiser or cleanser that has even a drop of this stuff in it.
Although, it's becoming a skincare essential, many don't really understand what it is and how it can benefit our skin.
What is hyaluronic acid?
To understand how it can help improve our skin, we have to know what exactly it is.
First off, it's a substance that is naturally found in the body's connective tissues, eyes, joints and skin but over time, your supply declines.
This can be down to age, but research shows that environmental factors such as smoking and air pollution can also be linked to its decline which is not good news.
But, using a hyaluronic acid product can help rebuild those depleted stores.
According to American Dermatologist, Dr Shari Marchbein, hyaluronic acid attracts and binds to water molecules and increases the water content of the skin.
How does it benefit your skin?
Hyaluronic acid has many positives but the key benefit is that it's super hydrating.
Dehydrated and dry skin can not only be annoying aesthetically, it can actually be dangerous.
It becomes damaged and more vulnerable to bacteria and infection if it's very dehydrated and left untreated.
You want your skin to be hydrated so your face is plump, healthier and much brighter.
Some research suggests that ageing is caused by loss of moisture and so, hyaluronic acid can be revolutionary in reversing that process.
Dr. Gasquet said: "Because of its water-pulling qualities, hyaluronic acid can refine and age-rewind in those dry or sunken areas."
So, fine lines and wrinkles may become a thing of the past once you introduce this acid into your life.
Long-term use of this serum on your skin or in a supplement taken for over a mouth can improve overall skin health.
It’s also great for helping improve overall skin flexibility and elasticity, meaning it makes your skin more stretchy and soft, ideal!
People who struggle with acne often use hyaluronic acid to help repair and fade scars.
Is it safe?
A lot of people are apprehensive about using hyaluronic acid because they're not sure if it's safe or not.
The simple answer is, yes it's totally safe, even if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
Reactions from the substance are extremely rare.
However, if you find you're breaking out or developing a rash at any point, stop using the product. But, don't worry, it's probably a reaction with another ingredient.
If you're concerned about introducing the acid into your skincare routine, chat with your doctor and let them know if you're taking any vitamins or medication and they can advise you.
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What kind of products have hyaluronic acid in them?
You'll find hyaluronic acid in a number of different products.
Whether it's in a serum, cream, sheet mask, moisturiser, cleanser or in a lip treatment, you won't have trouble finding it.
You could also pick up a shampoo and conditioner with hyaluronic acid in it.
It's interesting to note that hyaluronic acid can be taken orally as pills. There’s even a liquid form that you can mix with water and drink.
It can help with arthritis pain and improve the skin health from the inside out.
Shockingly, even eye drops have hyaluronic acid in it to hydrate your eyes.
Dermatologists recommend these products with hyaluronic acid.
- DIBI Milano #No-Age* Revitalising Fluid Cream Pure Ferulic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid - It fights and slows down the onset of all signs of skin ageing.
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum - It's hydrating and suitable for sensitive skin.
- Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturizer - It contains sodium hyaluronate and no fragrance, meaning it’s gentle on sensitive skin.
- CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum - It is easy to find, gentle on the skin, and combines hyaluronic acid with moisture-retaining Ceramides and it's very affordable.
- SkinCeuticals Acid Intensifier - It's a favourite and includes a 1.3% concentration of hyaluronic acid.
- Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser Original Formula - It's lightweight, balances the PH and has green tea and chamomile extracts to lift away makeup.