Hyaluronic Acids: Your Skin new Best Friend
There are many myths that need to debunk and some hard truth that we need to accept within the beauty industry. SPF to protect our skin from UV rays that could cause wrinkles and skin cancer, vitamin c can brighten up dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and hyaluronic acids moisturizes—or does it? As it turns out, there’s a lot about hyaluronic acid (HA) we weren’t aware of—like the difference between it and sodium hyaluronate (which is actually a salt rock). Or how that “99% hyaluronic acid” serum, moisturiser or even face mist you’ve been slathering on really isn’t 99% hyaluronic acid at all, but rather a mixture of hyaluronic acid and water. We know right—what?! Please say that’s not the case!
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
First things first—what exactly is hyaluronic acid? For starters, it’s a molecule that is naturally found in your skin as well as the connective tissue in your body. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. Hyaluronic acid's main uses and benefits are keeping skin moist and lubricated. It is a super star at alleviating dry skin. Hyaluronic acid is a moisture binder, which means that it will attach itself to the water in the cells making them 'plump.'"
Adding that the ingredient is strikingly powerful and therefore works as an incredibly powerful moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid can draw moisture from air and keep your skin moist, holding almost 1000 times its own weight in water. So, it is not only a moisturizer, it has the ability to hold extra moisture.
You can even take hyaluronic acid as a supplement, but we recommend consulting a doctor before you do so. Normally, it's most popularly used as a topical treatment like a serum or gel lotion, but it's also used for filler injections.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
The reason the beauty industry loves it so much lies in its seemingly magical ability to retain moisture. Studies have proven that hyaluronic acid is amazingly good at bonding with water molecules, making it a key factor in retaining skin moisture. Lack of moisture is one of the main culprits of aging skin, which is why this ingredient—which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have when it comes to repairing your skin’s moisture barrier.
Hyaluronic acid helps replenish and hold cell moisture, leading to hydrated, plump skin.
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles:
Since dehydrated skin is one of the main causes of wrinkles, hyaluronic acid replenishes lost moisture and helps reduce the appearance of any fine lines.
Safe option for filler:
Since hyaluronic acid's composition is so closely-related to substances in our bodies, it works well as a filler that doesn't cause major irritation. It can also add volume to areas like the lips and cheeks, which naturally lose volume over time.
Unlike some skincare products, hyaluronic acid quickly absorbs into the skin, meaning you lose less product.
For the most part, hyaluronic acid is non-irritating and safe for use with all skin types.
When used as a filler, hyaluronic acid lasts for around a year. It dissolves naturally, meaning you don't have to go in to have the filler removed by a doctor.
Multiple forms of use:
Since you can use hyaluronic acid topically, have it injected, or take it as a supplement, there are plenty of options for how and when you use it.
Unlike some super skincare ingredients, hyaluronic acid products are available in most beauty and drugstores.
Side Effects of Hyaluronic Acid
Generally, there aren't any known side effects of hyaluronic acid—at least, the topical versions. However, when Hyaluronic acid is often used as a filler, it can cause side effects. There may be swelling. But, since HA's so closely-related to natural substances already in the body, most reactions are from the injection itself, not HA.
If you choose to ingest hyaluronic acid, it is proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the overall plumpness of skin. Plus, most people find that the supplement doesn't have side effects.
How to Use It
Apply on damp skin because it pulls moisture from the surrounding. If you apply on dry skin and if the environment you are in is very dry, it can make your skin to be very dry and produce excess oil. For hyaluronic acid to really penetrate the skin’s surface when applied topically, it actually has to be bioengineered to have a much lower molecular weight.
For those looking to use hyaluronic acid as a filler, it's obviously best to seek out a doctor's opinion first. Much like topical HA, injectable HA also mimics materials already present in our bodies. Injecting an HA filler in a gel form through a syringe into the various areas of our face, eyes, or other areas is accepted and remains with the body and is used like our other cells as a 'partner' filling, volumizing that area.