Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

 

As human beings, we simply have no choice but to celebrate our birthdays yearly and add yet another year to our life. Ageing is inevitable, but looking great at any age is something that you can control. An advanced skincare routine using Hyaluronic Acid will keep your skin looking youthful, healthy and simply beautiful and it works for both women and men at any age.

Fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots are only some of the effects of ageing, but they can be corrected with advanced skincare. Unfortunately, there have been many creams and ointments made throughout the years that promise excellent results but fail to deliver on their promises. This leads some of us to go under the knife or needle to fight against time. There is nothing wrong with cosmetic procedures, but there is an alternative. The natural and proven way to prevent premature ageing is to keep the skin well hydrated from the inside out. Using Hyaluronic Acid is one of the easiest and truly effective ways to do this.

But what exactly is Hyaluronic Acid and how does it work?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Scientifically speaking, Hyaluronic Acid is a type of molecule made up primarily of sugars. Our skin contains 70% water along with Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a water-infused gel that feeds collagen in the skin and making it plump and firm. HA is able to absorb 1000 times its own weight in water. In fact, just one gram of it is proven to hold up to six liters of water. Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body, in our skin, our joints and even in our eyes. Its purpose is to attract and preserve water in the skin, without it, the skin will become dry and lose collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkled skin.

When we look at a newborn baby or a 20-year-old girl, the first thing we notice is the softness of their skin. Because their skin has naturally high levels of moisture and HA, it looks smoother, softer, and is generally more attractive.

Interestingly, it is not that the skin becomes drier as we age it is simply the fact that ageing skin, having less HA, does not retain moisture as well as youthful skin. So if we feed the skin with HA it will retain more moisture, just like young skin. Hyaluronic Acid also improves the skin’s ability to put up a barrier to the outside world. Sunrays, stress, and other such factors are less impactful to skin with higher amounts of HA. This barrier provides a softer exterior that appears smoother and plumper to the touch.

Many have discovered the power of Hyaluronic Acid when it comes to skincare. Utilizing products that replicate important chemicals within the body, can dramatically improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture and remain youthful and healthy for many years to come. For this reason, many men and women have opted to use products high in HA rather than those full of harsh chemicals and harmful ingredients.

Adding Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Skincare Routine

Unfortunately, not all HA skincare is created equal. To work properly and produce the best possible results, HA must be delivered onto the skin in sufficient amounts and with the right molecular structure.

Knowing the molecular weight of the HA used in skincare products is all important. Hyaluronic acid comes in high and low molecular weight molecules. High molecular HA cannot penetrate the skin, it sits on top of the skin and attracts moisture which is useful, but it is not going to smooth out wrinkles from the bottom up. Low molecular weight HA is made up of tiny molecules which penetrates the skin, and has the ability of holding and binding the same amount of moisture in the skin as its higher molecule weight cousin. Without getting too technical, new cells are formed in the epidermal stem cells (basal layer of the skin), and then start their journey through the skin to finish off as part of the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. By nourishing these “baby” cells with low molecular HA we restore youthful skin function. So to get the best results it is very important to know that a product contains low molecular weight HA. Serums that contain both low and high molecular weight HA are ideal.

Armed with the right information about this powerful ingredient, you undoubtedly want to make it part of your skincare routine, but first check your labels!

Beauty product ingredients are typically listed on the back of the product from the highest to lowest percentage. In other words, the ingredients at the top of the list are the foremost ingredients. Those listed further down the line make up less of the product. If the products you use in your skincare routine place HA way down the list on the label, then it might be time to look for a new product to protect and moisturise your skin.

In general, the most common products that contain Hyaluronic acid are either creams or serums. It is vital that you factor into the equation the additional ingredients found in the product. This means scrutinising the label, yet again. High-powered perfumes, irritating chemicals, harmful ingredients and cheap unnecessary fillers should be avoided at all costs. Especially if you have any skin sensitivities. As you age, your skin may change, so this is important to keep this in mind as you choose a skincare routine throughout your life. The fewer chemicals your skincare products contain the better.

Even if you already have a skin moisturiser that you are particularly fond of, you should still consider supplementing your skincare routine with a product that contains high levels of hyaluronic acid.

The Benefits & Results

After you have started using this powerful product in your skincare routine, then the next step is to experience the benefits!

Although any added moisture will assist in that process, high levels of HA can in fact supercharge the process and advance the skin’s ability to bounce back from the daily loss of hydration. Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture to the skin and retains moisture in the skin. From the top layer of the dermis all the way down to the collagen-producing layer. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are symbiotic compounds found in your skin. Hyaluronic acid is needed to produce collagen and bind it to elastin, that is the fibers that give your skin its stretch and suppleness. So not only does HA add moisture to your skin it feeds the production collagen and elastin.

Using HA gives skin the plumpness and strength it needs to ward off the loss of moisture that we undergo every single day, and balances the skins natural renewal process to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Despite its marvelous abilities, Hyaluronic acid cannot substitute for dermal fillers. HA that is applied topically to the skin does have a dramatic impact, but cannot go deeply into permanent wrinkles that have been around for many years. In other words, it doesn’t necessarily reverse long-standing wrinkles. However, it does promote healthier and younger looking skin overall. A healthier skin barrier can in fact protect the skin from damage in the future.

By the way, if you have ever wondered what is in those injectable dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane its low molecular weight hyaluronic acid.

HA also offers natural repair to UV ray exposure. It protects the skin by scavenging reactive oxygen species that are generated by UV rays. This in turn reduces the likelihood of skin spots being developed. Obviously, skin spots are one of the least liked aspects of aging. To avoid this, you can use HA on a consistent basis and prevent them from developing to begin with. However using HA is not a substitute for using UV protection. A good sunscreen must be a part of your daily skincare routine.

Another key benefit is the replenishing of collagen production. HA improves collagen production. Collagen is the main building block of the skin, as it declines our skin becomes thin and papery. Without its continual renewal, our skin will look tired and become more susceptible to aging and dehydration.

Essentially, HA provides the skin with the ability to prevent unnecessary wrinkles, improve skin tone, and leave it hydrated smooth and younger looking.

When combined with other skincare products and your normal beauty routine that includes sun-protection and moisturising, HA can promote healthier happier skin now and long into the future.

All Skin Types Can Benefit!

One of the key benefits for this amazing ingredient is the ability to work with any and all skin types. This is because HA is a compound that is naturally produced by our bodies, so we are not introducing into our skin anything that is foreign and may irritate or disrupt the skins normal processes. In other words, you never have to worry about it not working with or complementing your skin. If you have oily, overly dry, or normal skin you can thoroughly benefit from this incredible ingredient. All ages and genders can absorb and utilize the high quality benefits of hyaluronic acid.

 

Products That Can Help

Now that you know the benefits and the reason why HA can help improve and reduce the appearance of fine lines, the next step is to find recommended products. One of the best is HydroSkin’s Hyaluronic Acid [HA] Serum. HydroSkin’s HA serum is just pure Hyaluronic Acid, with no fillers, sulphates, artificial dyes, or fragrance or parabens.

What is so good about HydroSkin’s HA serum is that it contains MiniHA the most advanced form of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid.

MiniHA is extracted from plants using no corrosive chemicals and it has a molecular size that can readily penetrate and deeply nourish the skin. There is a very generous amount of MiniHA in HydroSkin’s HA Serum that feeds collagen and renews elastin. The Serum also contains high molecular weight HA that draws water to the top layer of the skin, and it is this combination of high and low HA that makes the serum so effective. The result is vastly increased hydration that plumps and smooths the skin and a real reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

HydroSkin does not use animal products and is against animal testing. HydroSkin’s HA serum is extracted from plants and is therefore a sustainable and healthy way to reduce fine lines and improve the skins ability to stay healthy and happy for many years to come.

How to use HA serums

Ideally HA serums should be applied morning and night to clean damp skin. Just before the skin is dry, it is best to add a light moisturiser, and in the morning UV protection over the top. This secures the ultimate protection and gives you the confidence to face the day without any worry over your ability to fight off daily damage.

Looking our best at every age

While no one can stay young forever, we can help our bodies and our skin age with grace and beauty. By giving your skin what it needs to help retain its moisture you can accomplish that goal. Age is just a number, and you can look and feel your best while retaining your natural beauty by using hyaluronic acid serum every single day.

Your Skin Wants It!

 

photography: marty lochmann 



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