Hyaluronic Acid 101
To all lovely skincare fanatics out there, I am guessing you have most likely heard of hyaluronic acid in some way or another. In fact, you do not even have to be a full-blown skincare junkie to have been exposed to this common buzzword circling the beauty industry right now. So, you have likely read it on your product labels and seen it on every advertisement, but what is the nitty gritty of hyaluronic acid and what it is it actually doing for our skin?
First, I need to disclaim that I will only be talking about hyaluronic acid used as an ingredient in topical skincare, not within facial fillers.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is actually something that naturally occurs in our body to keep specific areas (joints, eye sockets, skin, and more) moisturized. Hyaluronic acid is classified as a humectant, which means that it is a water loving molecule. I like to think of it as a magnet that draws water towards it. Because of this ability to attract water as a humectant, it is helping to increase the hydration within the skin when applied topically.
What are the Key Benefits from Using Hyaluronic Acid?
Once hyaluronic acid is applied topically and has the ability to pull moisture into the skin, you should notice a more hydrated and supple skin. Increasing surface hydration can be a really key thing as you will notice that fine lines and wrinkles can appear less prominent due to the increase in moisture that plumps the skin (think grape vs. raisin).
Another benefit of hyaluronic acid is that it can be effective for all skin types. It is typically formulated to be quite lightweight, making it perfect for even an oily skin. Of course, not all products are made equal, so it is important to find what works best for your unique skin. You can find hyaluronic acid in many different skincare products given its nature to be highly tolerable and useful for the majority of people.
There are many things to consider as we move into colder, dryer months. Such as, running a humidifier to keep water in the air, changing up moisturizer and cleanser to be more winter friendly, and adding in a targeted serum to help with dehydration. Hyaluronic acid can be an amazing addition to an all year-round skincare regimen, but especially effective during these cold months.
Ensure that you do the proper research and find products that will best suite you. Your skin will thank you for it!
Sarah Maxwell (Medical Aesthetician, Owner of Max + Well Skincare)