We all have heard of it: hyaluronic acid. It sounds a bit scary given that it has “acid” in the name and it does not exactly roll off the tongue, right?
Let’s unpack this a bit and by the end of reading this blog, you will not only be able to pronounce it like a pro but have a good understanding why it is one of the essentials in skin care and anti-ageing treatments.
Hyaluronic (hi-ah-lew-ron-ic) acid or HA is produced naturally in our body and is the key molecule in skin hydration. One gram of HA can bind up to 6 liters of water! Think of a sponge or magnet attracting moisture, resulting in our skin looking plump, glowing and healthy.
Unfortunately, natural HA production diminishes over time. Throw unavoidable hormonal changes and damaging environmental factors (main culprit: UV light) into the mix and you will get dull, dry, depleted skin texture, wrinkles and lines.
HA is therefore one of the essentials in slowing down skin ageing and keeping your skin healthy.
Your next questions most likely are: Is it safe for me to use HA? What is the best formulation? Can I combine this with my other care products?
Despite the word “acid” in it, HA is not aggressive to the skin like e.g. acid in skin peels. It is very safe and can be used by even the most sensitive skin types and at any age.
A very good way to apply HA is via a serum as part of your normal daily skin care routine. If you have the tendency to a more oily skin, you might like to try marine based HA which is usually very light in texture.
Lighter formulations tend to get absorbed faster, though a mix of lighter and heavier molecules penetrating into deeper skin layers are often showing better hydration effects.
HA comes in many formulations - mist, spray, moisturiser, serum and oral supplements. Again, they are all considered rather safe to use but you might want to check with your health professional before starting on a powder/ tablet/ capsule to make sure there are no general health concerns.
Did you know that dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid based? They are gel-like products, ranging from honey-like to rather firm texture, and when injected into the skin, they bind water molecules. This is part of the volumizing effect of fillers creating to e.g. plumper looking lips and cheeks. Or improving all over skin texture e.g. with application of a fantastic bioremodelling filler finally available in Australia. This product is a little anti-ageing miracle due to one of the highest HA concentrations available. After injecting small deposits to your skin, it binds water in the deeper skin layers, resulting in true skin rejuvenation. All topical applications like serums are only effective in the upper layers of the skin whereas this thin filler literally works skin deep. The ultimate skin hydration and anti-ageing treatment!
Who doesn’t like plump, smooth, line-free skin with a healthy glow? Hyaluronic acid is a key element in maintaining a young and fresher look. It is never to early to start adding this safe product to your daily skin care regime! HA can be applied morning or night and as often as you like and should be part of any good anti-ageing skin routine.
Hopefully, this short overview has helped to bust a few myths about a product that sounds scary but is truly your friend in keeping your skin healthy and glowing.
And surely, "hyaluronic acid" will just roll of your tongue by now!