What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Technically speaking, hyaluronic acid is an anionic, non-sulphated glycosaminoglycan. Woof, that is a mouthful. In simpler terms, hyaluronic acid is a substance your body uses to keep your skin and connective tissue lubricated, strong and healthy.
acid is naturally present inside your body, typically in quantities of approximately 10 to 20 grams, about half of which is stored inside your skin.
You can think of hyaluronic acid as an essential tool for your skin. Biologically, hyaluronic acid plays a major role in helping your skin retain moisture, making it essential for keeping your skin moisturised, strong, and capable of shielding your body’s organs from the outside world. Therefore, many people opt for a hyaluronic acid moisturiser.
From a skincare perspective, hyaluronic acid plays several important roles. By keeping your skin hydrated, it contributes to a smooth, firm, and plump look. Skin that is dehydrated and lacking in hyaluronic acid can often look washed out and less elastic.
What does Hyaluronic Acid do?
Before we answer this question, it is important to separate injectable hyaluronic acid (something that is only available from a cosmetic surgeon) from topical hyaluronic acid (something you can buy at your local pharmacy or department store).
It is also important to separate artificial hyaluronic acid (the type you will find in dermal fillers and topical creams) from the natural hyaluronic acid that’s produced and used by your body.
Natural hyaluronic acid is always present within your body. Within your skin, it binds to water, helping your skin to stay moist, elastic, and healthy. It also plays a major role in the health of your joints, stomach and eyes.
There is also some scientific proof that your body’s natural hyaluronic acid helps to keep your bones strong and healthy. Studies show that hyaluronic acid could potentially play a key role in helping the body produce new bone tissue.
Around half of your body’s hyaluronic acid is found in the skin. Over time, factors such as sun exposure and normal ageing can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid found within your skin, often by a significant amount.
In short, the natural hyaluronic acid produced by your body plays an important role in a wide range of different processes, from maintaining your skin to keeping your entire body working efficiently.
What are the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid???
- Skin hydration - keeps your skin moisturised and radiant
- Anti-wrinkle properties - due to its capacity to retain large amounts of water, skin stays moisturised and helps to prevent the development of wrinkles, and fills in already present wrinkles to reduce their appearance
- Antioxidant - helps to keep skin looking healthy
- Clarity - When oily skin is stripped of hydration (water) it overcompensates to hydrate the skin by producing oil. A big misconception is that oily and acne prone skins don’t need hydration, but in fact, they do.
- Smoother texture - Much in the same way it makes the appearance of the skin look tighter, hyaluronic acid also smooths the texture of the skin. This results in a silky-smooth finish you can see and feel.