Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that is naturally produced in the body to provide lubrication to connective tissues. The molecule can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water making it the perfect ingredient to use in hydrating products and treatments. The acid has a unique sponge-like mechanism that grabs moisture and holds it so that the skin can absorb it more effectively.
The body’s production of hyaluronic acid slows down massively as we age, resulting to an appearance of dehydrated, dull skin and fine lines. When you introduce hyaluronic acid into your skincare regime you will notice improvement in not only hydration levels and texture, but also a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its plumping effect. Using it regularly will also improve the skin’s protective barrier and healing and defence system.
On the label, look out for ‘sodium hyaluronate’ ‘hydrolysed hyaluronic acid’ and ‘sodium acetyle hyaluronate’ when making your next skincare purchase. This is great to use on all skin types and a personal favourite of ours is Dermaquest’s B5 hydrating serum.