Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there. It’s our all-time favorite due to its ability to instantly hydrate and plump skin, filling fine lines from the inside out and making skin look younger.
HA is naturally occurring in our body and skin, and works to maintain a hydrated “environment” for nutrients, essential for all skin types. HA penetrates the skin and binds skin cells to water, acting like a sponge, infusing all layers of the skin with moisture. In fact, HA can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water.
HA has the ability to maintain the correct moisture balance on the skin even if the humidity of the surrounding air is very low – think dry winter skin! As we age HA decreases in the body, which accounts for a significant loss of hydration and moisture, leading to signs of aging such as skin thinning and wrinkles.
Dermal fillers have long been a popular practice for applying HA, but consumers today are moving away from invasive and synthetic treatments, and seeking more natural alternatives. Thanks to the advancement in skincare science, there are products today that mimic the results of fillers. When seeking out the full range of benefits of HA, it’s important to note that HA molecules come in varying sizes. The larger molecules are beneficial for forming a velvety layer on the surface of the skin, acting as a moisture keeping barrier that minimizes evaporation, whereas the smaller molecules are able to penetrate into deeper dermal layers, filling fine lines and wrinkles from within.
In addition to HA’s moisture retaining, wrinkle plumping and skin tightening effects, HA also benefits the skin in other ways. HA fortifies the skin’s natural barriers, so that it is better able to defend itself against environmental factors and pollutants. In addition, HA promotes collagen production, cell turnover and healthier skin cells.
With so man perks, it is no wonder that HA continues to be a tried and true ingredient for your skin.
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