Skincare Ingredient Series – Hyaluronic Acid

What is hyaluronic acid?

We have been using hyaluronic acid in some of our favourite skincare and treatments for a few years now, but do you really understand what this ingredient is and how it works on your skin?

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in our skin, and all the connective tissues in our body. It helps to keep our skin supple and hydrated; one molecule of hyaluronic acid holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water.  Like most things, as we age, our body stops producing it naturally, so the experts have found ways to put some of it back by making it a key ingredient in professional skincare and over the counter creams and serums.

What is hyaluronic acid used for in skincare?

The moisture retaining qualities of hyaluronic acid make it a fantastic ingredient in anti-ageing skincare – it’s great for plumping skin and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and it’s also good for repairing minor damage. As well as topical skincare and facials, it’s also used in micro needling and dermal fillers to plump the skin, because it’s so widely tolerated by most people. It makes sense that because it’s naturally produced it’s less likely to cause a reaction when injected into your skin.

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid?

If you feel as if you need a bit of a beauty boost, a hyaluronic acid based facial or treatment can be a real pick you up! Book yourself an anti-ageing facial with hyaluronic acid and you’ll see results quickly; well hydrated skin looks firmer, more youthful and more ‘glowing’ than dehydrated, lacklustre skin.

Although the hyaluronic acid molecules are too large to penetrate deep into the dermis layer of your skin, they work on the surface as a powerful and effective moisturising agent that attracts and retains water, keeping it looking supple and acting as a barrier against moisture loss. It’s a temporary effect but one that many women are waking up the benefits of.

What to look for in hyaluronic acid skincare

There are several different types of hyaluronic acid, but look for sodium hyaluronate, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid or sodium acetyl hyaluronate on the ingredients list if you want to be sure. Of course, you can always ask us for a professional skincare recommendation if you’re not sure about which products might suit your skin best.

Pros and cons of hyaluronic acid

One of the biggest advantages to using hyaluronic acid is that it’s well tolerated, unlikely to cause a reaction and compatible with most skin types.

It’s not a heavy ingredient and has a lovely, light gel-like texture which makes it ideal for even oily skin – it won’t clog your pores either.

Generally, products using hyaluronic acid are gentle enough for sensitive skin – always check there are no other ingredients that you could react to.

It’s a fabulous quick fix for thirsty skin, and used every day it’ll go some way toward giving you smoother and more hydrated skin.

Hyaluronic acid’s barrier function helps protect skin against sun damage, inflammation and minor skin damage.

The molecules aren’t large enough to penetrate deeply into your skin so any effects (unless you opt for fillers) are temporary and if you stop using the products you’ll lose the effects.

Interested in trying hyaluronic acid skincare? Talk to us and we’ll help you with the perfect treatments and homecare products for you.