One of the most fortunate aspects of my blog is that I’m learning so much as I go along. Since I started blogging almost 7 years ago (yes, daily blogging for 7 years!!) I’ve found that I’ve expanded my knowledge in so many ways….
The amount of information and knowledge I have developed about the world of beauty and, specifically, skincare, in the last few years is incredible.
Weekly I’m invited to attend product launches and many of these include a talk on the product, as well as it’s key ingredients.
Over the years I’ve started to develop my knowledge through these educational talks, but I’ve also grown in knowledge by talking to the other beauty editors and bloggers and researching further online.
I’m by no means an expert when it comes to the beauty world, but I am really interested in it and keen to find out more… and, in turn, share that new knowledge with you, my readers!
Today’s topic is all about a key ingredient that can help in the fight against aging, something that happens to us all!
As we age dryness, dandruff, drooping eyes and sagginess start to creep up on us… all these things are associated with aging skin because as we get older the molecules in our skin lose some of their ability to bind and retain water. This not only causes dryness, but also decreases skin’s volume.
Skin aging is triggered by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors (such as daily environmental exposure to pollutants and UV light), along with the “the normal process of aging.”
Today I’m sharing some insights into one of the key ingredients that features in many of the top anti-aging skincare products… Hyaluronic Acid.
If you have been searching for a good anti-aging solution, you’ve probably heard of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) already, but if you haven’t here is some more info….
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring molecule found in skin, connective tissues, joints, and eyes.
Hyaluronic Acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a vital natural substance that’s a youth-supporting part of skin.
It works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed and it’s main purpose in the body is to provide cushioning and lubrication. It’s also responsible for that youthful, plump look typical of younger skin.
We are born with plenty of HA, but as we age, natural stores decline and our skin starts to lose the ability to retain moisture , leading to dry skin, a loss of plumpness and more visible fine lines.
The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
- Hyaluronic Acid is one of the best hydrators for your skin as it has the ability to hold water 1,000 times its weight which means it can moisturize the skin well. One gram (0.03 ounce) of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to six liters of water! And it can do this without tipping the scales and giving the skin too much water (a problem for skin because it causes key substances holding skin’s surface intact to break down).
- The primary way in which HA helps improve the appearance of “chronoaged skin” (skin aged due to sun exposure) is by reducing water loss.
- A product containing HA is vital to ensure that skin remains firm, plump, hydrated, brighter and is left feeling more moisturised.
- Improving skin’s hydration ensures that the skin’s elasticity will improve, making skin appear smoother and softer.
- HA revitalizes the skin’s outer layers so that fine lines appear smoother, wrinkles appear reduced and skin looks healthier and radiantly hydrated!
- Our skin suffers from unprotected sun exposure, harsh skincare ingredients, and environmental assault which all weaken the surface of skin. HA is an excellent antioxidant, providing defence against harsh environmental stressors such as UV light and air pollution.
- Hyaluronic Acid can create a barrier on top of your skin and by boosting your skin’s protective layer, it will be more resistant to damage, infections and bacteria.
Who should use products containing Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is an essential ingredient for anyone that’s concerned about premature ageing.
Those who are continuously exposed to the sun, pollution and other environmental aggressors (all of us!) will also find this a really beneficial ingredient to include in their skincare regime.
It’s a common myth that those with drier skin types need a heavier or thicker moisturiser to help restore moisture content to the skin, but the truth is that you don’t need to add heavy creams on top of your skin for extra moisture, you just need to use products with intensely moisturising ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid.
Everyone can benefit from using products containing Hyaluronic Acid
Those who have an oily/combo skin type will benefit because many are overtly oily because their skin is dry and their product is producing too much oil to restore the balance.
As one of the premier hydrating ingredients for skin those with dry, sensitive skin will benefit immensely from using HA as it can prevent further moisture loss.
Its’ calming properties make it great for those who struggle with redness or rosacea and eczema-prone skin too.
If you have acne-prone skin, this powerful acid can help soothe your skin and promote faster wound healing and skin cell regeneration. As it’s not that heavy you can use moisturizers with HA without the fear of getting clogged pores meaning you’re less likely to experience breakouts.
Of course, to know if Hyaluronic Acid can work with your skin type, you have to first test the product to see how your skin will respond. Although allergic and negative reactions aren’t likely, it’s still a good idea to test, just to make sure.
Like most anti-aging products, Hyaluronic Acid can’t do magic in one night or one use. You have to be consistent in using creams, lotions and serums containing HA as the main ingredient if you want to reap all its benefits. Most research shows that HA might take six weeks or more to improve skin’s appearance, while some studies have found that anti-wrinkle HA serums and eye creams can sometimes start to work within just two to four weeks of use. For more substantial anti-aging results, dermatologists now use prescription injections or formulas containing Hyaluronic Acids over the course of several months to reduce lip and eye sagginess.
For even better results you can pair products containing HA with other products that can boost HA’s effect such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C contains high antioxidant properties that can protect your skin against oxidative damage. It also has a brightening effect to reduce the appearance of, acne spots, blemishes and sun spots. When partnered with HA, you won’t only look youthful, but you’ll have clearer and fairer skin, too.
Some companies use what’s called “low molecular weight” Hyaluronic Acid, which has a smaller molecule than regular Hyaluronic Acid. Molecules of “regular” HA are larger, which explains why they remain on skin’s outer surface. Making HA molecules smaller means it can reach a bit farther into skin’s uppermost layers for more visibly enhanced results.
For more about Hyaluronic Acid and how your skin can benefit from it, here’s an interesting infographic you can check out…
I hope this article has proved to you that Hyaluronic Acid’s skin-replenishing properties form an essential part of a complete anti-aging routine! Let me know if you’ll be adding this to your anti-aging arsenal. I’m hoping to update this post soon with some product suggestions so come back soon!
With thanks to Hannah Do, founder of Thank Your Skin, for her insights into this topic. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Click here to check out her latest article.