Chances are that if you have any connection or interest in the beauty, skin care and/or cosmetic industries, you have heard about hyaluronic acid. While you have undoubtedly heard this term being advertised or discussed, you may not be familiar with what hyaluronic acid actually does that provides benefits to your skin. We’re here to help you understand what this beauty ingredient is and why it is a beneficial ingredient in skin care and beauty products.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
To know what the benefits of something are it’s always helpful to understand more about what the substance is and how it works. Hyaluronic acid is not like an acid in the traditional sense you might associate with acids and is a substance that your body natural produces for lubrication. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide, or carbohydrate, in your body that is found mostly in the spaces between skin cells. This carbohydrate has functions in several parts of your body such s your immune system, and is important in healthy functioning of your skin and joints.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Benefit Your Skin?
As previously mentioned, hyaluronic acid is located in between your skin cells, which allows it to provide moisture, plumpness, fullness and suppleness to your skin. You are born with a large amount of hyaluronic acid in your body but the older you get the lower your levels of hyaluronic acid get. Once you hit 40, your hyaluronic acid diminishes exponentially.
Because hyaluronic acid is a large molecule, it acts a bit differently than most moisturizing products. Many moisturizers and anti-aging ingredients in skin care work by penetrating the skin, but hyaluronic acid is a bit different. It is difficult for the hyaluronic acid molecule to absorb into your skin, so it sits on top providing its benefits from there. While hyaluronic acid sits on your skin, it absorbs any water that it comes in contact with, which provides extra moisture for your skin. Hyaluronic acid remains on the skin for quite some time providing long-lasting results.
In addition to providing these benefits for your skin, hyaluronic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe and calm the skin, making it great for those with acne. While there are a number of pure hyaluronic acid products, this substance is far more beneficial when it is an ingredient in a formula with other components.
Luckily, there are tons of skin care products that have formulations that include hyaluronic acid. If your skin is particularly dry or has visible wrinkles and fine lines, a serum with hyaluronic acid may be perfect for your skin. Otherwise, look for a cream or lotion moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid to “plump” and “fill” your wrinkles.