Crowned a hero-ingredient by many skincare specialists, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has definitely become a buzzword over the last few years. To those who are less skincare cultured, the sound of it might be scary, but fear not – unlike the acids you hear about in chemistry lessons, this is a friendly one. Known to plump and hydrate the skin, Hyaluronic Acid is your skincare gateway to a smooth and glowy complexion.
WHAT IS IT?
HA is naturally produced by our cells to maintain our skin’s moisture levels. Known to hold a thousand times its weight in water, it works to replenish skin and keep it bouncy, acting as a moisture magnet. Just as collagen and elastin, our levels of hyaluronic acid decrease as our skin ages, causing dullness, unevenness and loss of elasticity. Environmental aggressors such as pollution can also cause the loss of HA, so it’s important to keep your skin as protected as possible from any nasties.
HOW TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
You’ll find that many of the skincare products you already use are formulated with this wonder ingredient due to its moisture-retaining capacities. All skin types can benefit from it, so you’re very likely to see it in the ingredient line-up of a lot of products, from moisturisers to serums and even face masks. Unlike the HA produced naturally by your skin, the one found in cosmetic products will be a synthetic version. When applied topically, products containing this ingredient will attract moisture from the skin’s external environment and promote its absorption, giving you that much desired plump and juicy complexion.
If you choose to use it in a serum, it is likely that the thin consistency will absorb into the skin quicker and draw all the moisture to the surface. To lock all the goodness in, always follow up with a moisturiser.
If you like a super speedy routine, choose a moisturiser that already has hyaluronic acid in its formula – most of them will have a gel-like consistency, making them perfect to apply under your make-up for that plump look.
Experts advise to be consistent with your HA application if you want to see those raved-about results; to quench your skin in hydration, use it morning and evening. This moisture-binding ingredient is also safe to be used alongside potent formulas, so it won’t disturb your skin when combined with powerful anti-ageing ingredients such as retinol.
INJECTABLE HYALURONIC ACID
In its injectable form, hyaluronic acid is bound into a gel that helps bring life back into the skin by plumping any lines and wrinkles and decreasing the appearance of sagginess. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are the most popular ones to deliver the ingredient directly into the skin to create a filling effect. If you choose the option of injectables, it is important to rely on a board certified dermatologist – always do your research!
By Maria Bita