In skin care country, modish ingredients come and go (and several of them never should have been popular for starters!). Studies indicate that hyaluronic acid is not only a trend but rather among the best skin care ingredients you can ever use.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, an important naturally-occurring substance that’s part of the skin’s youth-promoting formula. Being the main glycosaminoglycan in skin, hyaluronic acid acts by keeping each aspect of skin protected and consistently refreshed.
As well, hyaluronic acid is a humectant, a kind of hygroscopic skin care ingredient, meaning it sucks in moisture from all around it. Humectants are typically used to make water-based serums and moisturizers, together with other similar skin care products, owing to their ability to help boost hydration for every skin type (especially dry skin).
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Improve Dry, Dehydrated Skin?
So, how specifically does hyaluronic acid work? The scientific trick rests in hyaluronic acid’s ability lies in its moisture-reviving prowess. A single gram – about 0.03 oz. – of hyaluronic acid is able to contain up to 6 liters of water. Now that’s mind-blowing! What’s even more stunning is that hyaluronic acid can never overhydrate the skin (which can curiously become a problem because overhydrating the skin can cause the disintegration of the primary substances that keep the skin’s surface intact).
Hyaluronic acid can heighten moisture content unsurpassed by a lot of other ingredients commonly used in skin care products. In addition, it reinvigorates the skin’s outer surface layers, so they appear and actually feel softer, smoother and glowingly hydrated. Right away, this lifts the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid as an Anti-Aging Agent
Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-capturing nature is highly important when it comes to skin aging. In our youth, our skin is able to retain water and moisture. But growing older, that ability of ours inevitably weakens. The result is a noticeably saggy skin and reduced suppleness and plumpness (oh, hello there, wrinkles!). In short, hyaluronic acid fights aging pretty well.
Extended, unshielded sun exposure and environmental hostility diminishes the skin’s integrity and brings about premature aging. Hopefully, you have heard that everyday use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoiding abrasive skin care ingredients are important to neutralizing these risks. However, you may not have discovered that hyaluronic acid’s rich stores of antioxidant and skin-restoring abilities, make a huge difference in easing those issues (particularly if used in combination with other anti-aging skin care products whose ingredients are also backed by science).