In skin care universe, trendy ingredients come and go (and a lot of them never should have been a hit to start with!). Studies indicate that hyaluronic acid is not only a trend but rather among the best skin care ingredients you can ever use.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a vital naturally-occurring compound that is part and parcel of the skin’s youth-boosting magic. Being the major glycosaminoglycan found in skin, hyaluronic acid works by consistently protecting and revitalizing the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is also a humectant, a variety of skin care ingredient that is hygroscopic or moisture-sucking in nature. Humectants are generally used in manufacturing water-based moisturizers and serums, along with other similar skin care products; and this is because they can help boost hydration for all skin types, particularly dehydrated skin.
Healing Dry, Dehydrated Skin with Hyaluronic Acid
So, how specifically does hyaluronic acid work? The scientific magic rests in hyaluronic acid’s power to restore much moisture. A single gram – about 0.03 oz. – of hyaluronic acid is able to contain up to 6 liters of water. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? What you’ll even more shocking is that hyaluronic acid can do this without overhydrating the skin (which can strangely become a point because, in overhydrated skin, the core substances that hold the skin’s surface tight can disintegrate).
Hyaluronic acid can heighten moisture content unsurpassed by a lot of other ingredients commonly used in skin care products. On top of that, it invigorates the external layers of the skin, lending it a softer, hydrated, glowing look. This improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles right off the bat.
Advantages of Hyaluronic Acid for Anti-Aging
Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-capturing nature is highly important when it comes to skin aging. Youth allows our skin to retain a nice volume of water and skin moisture. But as we grow older, we lose such ability. The outcome is an obvious loss of firmness, flexibility, and a reduced appearance of suppleness and plumpness (hi there, wrinkles!). In short, hyaluronic acid fights aging pretty well.
Long, unprotected sun exposure and environmental aggression erodes the skin’s surface and leads to premature aging. Hopefully, you are already aware that day-to-day use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen and steering clear of strong skin care ingredients is crucial to fighting these risks. However, you might not know that hyaluronic acid, with its antioxidant and skin-restoring abilities, go a long way in mitigating those problems (especially if you use it as part of a total anti-aging skin care practice that also includes other science-backed ingredients).