Hyaluronic acid (HA) is loved for its incredible water retention properties. It can retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the skin cells. It is a great addition to all skincare routines and for all skin types. As we know our bodies need water to survive and so does our skin.
HA is a substance naturally found in the skin, but as we age and have more exposure to free radicals (sun, smoking, alcohol etc) this deteriorates HA and as we age we produce less and less HA, this is why as we age our skin normally becomes drier and loses its ability to retain water. The 1st places people normally see this is with fine lines across your forehead.
The trouble with hyaluronic acid however is the molecules are often too big for skin absorption. Which means with some brands the serum or moisturiser is just sitting on the top of the skin plumping the top layers, so you feel hydrated but your skin is dehydrated and lacking water underneath.
There is light, medium and high weight hyaluronic acid. High weight gives you that wonderful plump feeling on the surface, medium weight works throughout the skin helping the enzymatic changes occur which results in a healthier skin and light weight penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin filling up a reservoir to be able to drip feed your skin water throughout the day. This is why a better quality HA product is more expensive as it caters to all the levels and then sometimes has extra added ingredients as well.
-plumps fine lines
-collagen is made mainly of water so HA regenerates collagen
– Ensures enough hydration for the healthiest skin possible.
- Hydrates the skin to maximum levels.
- A light weight form of a moisturiser
- Some acne products are stripping so this helps rebalance the side effects.
- And increase in collagen increases the wound healing process resulting in less scarring
- Light weight way to hydrate
- As it is produced in the skin reactions are unlikely.
- Sensitive skin needs hydration to help function correctly