Why Hyaluronic Acid is Your Skin’s Best Friend
Hyaluronic acid is everywhere at the moment, and for good reason too.
Not only is this an ingredient that is suitable for all skin types, but hyaluronic acid can make such a huge difference to the health and appearance of your skin, making it no surprise that this ingredient has become the latest must-have.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
If you have never heard of hyaluronic acid before, the fact that this ingredient is an acid may scare you…
However, hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate molecule that the body naturally produces on its own.
It is produced by the connective tissues in the body, and 50% of the body’s hyaluronic acid can be found in the skin.
You are probably thinking…
If my body already produces hyaluronic acid, why do I need to bother using it on my skin?
Your body produces plenty of hyaluronic acid while it is young. However, as you get older, the amount of hyaluronic acid produced by the body declines quite significantly.
It doesn’t take long for this to happen either…
You will likely reach your peak when it comes to hyaluronic acid production by the time you are in your mid 20’s. In fact, adult’s produce about 1/20th the amount of hyaluronic acid that babies do.
This is why more and more brands are incorporating the ingredient into their skin care formulas, since hyaluronic acid is key when it comes to healthy skin.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do for the Skin?
One of the key roles of hyaluronic acid is that of a humectant.
What does that mean?
It means that the ingredient works in a similar way to a sponge – it absorbs moisture from the air around you and then holds on to it, slowly providing this to your skin as your skin needs it.
Hyaluronic acid can hold more than 1000 times its weight in water, with research showing that just one gram of hyaluronic acid being able to hold six liters of water. This makes it one of the most powerful humectants in skin care.
So, what does this actually mean when it comes to your skin?
As mentioned earlier, the body produces plenty of hyaluronic acid while it is young, but much less as it gets older.
This is one of the reasons why the skin begins to sag, and why fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable.
Hyaluronic acid can help with all of this…
This is an ingredient with some truly incredible anti-aging effects. The way in which it hydrates and plumps up skin cells means that fine lines and wrinkles become so much less visible. In fact, one study found that hyaluronic acid was able to decrease the appearance of wrinkles in just 30 days!
The skin becomes visibly plumper and more supple after regular use of hyaluronic acid, which is why this ingredient is the star of so many anti-aging skin care formulas.
In fact, the Amber New Age Syringe harnesses the anti-aging properties of hyaluronic acid so you can directly target the fine lines on your skin.
This easy-to-use applicator makes the application process quick, smooth, and targeted. You won’t waste any product at all.
Skin Barrier Benefits
Do you know much about your skin’s protective barrier?
This layer of your skin lies right at its outermost edge, and is responsible for a couple of things:
- Keeping moisture in by preventing it from evaporating
- Keeping toxins, allergens, bacteria and other impurities out of the skin
As you can see, your skin’s protective barrier is pretty important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy.
Unfortunately, there is so much that causes damage to this barrier on a daily basis, from harsh cleansing products and cosmetic ingredients to sun exposure and pollution.
This all causes the barrier to weaken, meaning that it is not able to function as it should.
Wondering where hyaluronic acid comes into all of this?
Hyaluronic acid helps to strengthen this barrier, giving you much healthier skin overall. This will be reflected in your complexion, with a freshness and luminosity to your skin after using hyaluronic acid on a regular basis.
This is why the Diamond Rejuvenation Facial and Eye Mask contains hyaluronic acid. It’s a guaranteed way to give the skin a brighter, more lifted look!
Skin Healing Benefits
Has your skin been injured in any way?
If so, hyaluronic acid is what you need to be using.
Research has found hyaluronic acid to dramatically speed up the rate at which a wound heals, which is why it is often used in the medical field for this purpose.
Many dermatologists recommend hyaluronic acid for those who have just undergone a cosmetic procedure, such as a chemical peel, as it enables the skin to recover faster.
Hyaluronic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that it can help to soothe flare-ups related to a number of inflammatory skin conditions, such as:
Since hyaluronic acid is produced by the skin itself, the skin readily accepts the ingredient, enabling it to be used by even those with sensitive skin.
In fact, using cleansers and toners that contain hyaluronic acid is a great way to begin your skin care routine. This helps the skin to cleanse away unwanted toxins without causing skin sensitivities.
If all of the above wasn’t enough, hyaluronic acid also boasts antioxidant properties.
What does this mean?
Well, each and every day, everything from pollution and sun exposure to chemicals and toxins cause free radicals to be formed in your body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause a significant amount of cumulative damage to skin cells, going as far as to permanently harm their DNA.
The only way to neutralize these free radicals and prevent them from causing this damage is with the use of antioxidants.
There are many other powerful antioxidants out there too, and best results are experienced when multiple antioxidants are combined.
The Different Forms of Hyaluronic Acid
If you have decided that you want to give hyaluronic acid a try, you need to first understand the differences between each type of this ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid itself has quite a large molecular size.
What does this mean?
It means that when you apply it to the skin, it is too large to properly penetrate into the skin.
That doesn’t mean that it is useless…
As mentioned above, hyaluronic acid draws in moisture from the air, hydrating the skin and strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. Even from the surface, it is able to do this, although this does mean that the skin cells deeper within your skin would not be able to benefit from the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid.
This is where sodium hyaluronate comes in…
This is basically hyaluronic acid in salt form, meaning that it features a much smaller molecular size. The skin is able to absorb it quite deeply, enabling it to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin to a much fuller extent.
Does that mean that sodium hyaluronate is better than hyaluronic acid?
Ideally, you should try to make use of both forms of the ingredient in your skin care routine. This enables your skin to extract the maximum benefits from the ingredient on all of its levels.
A couple of other forms of the ingredient worth knowing about are:
- Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid – this is hyaluronic acid but at a lower molecular weight, meaning that your skin would be able to absorb it better
- Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate – a specialty ingredient that offers the best results when it comes to moisture retention and skin hydration
Incorporating Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Skin Care Routine
Wondering how to actually incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skin care routine?
Your best bet would be to begin with a serum, especially if you are going for sodium hyaluronate or a lower molecular weight of hyaluronic acid.
Because serums are designed to be absorbed deep into the skin, which is why they are so thin and lightweight. Although they do moisturize the skin just like a moisturizer, they don’t contain the same heavy ingredients. This is why serums are usually packed full of high concentrations of active ingredients instead, since they are able to deliver this directly to the cells that need them.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that your moisturizer shouldn’t contain hyaluronic acid too…
Hyaluronic acid can work wonders on the surface of the skin, and this is the part of the skin that a moisturizer targets. Since moisturizers do not penetrate too deeply, you could opt for hyaluronic acid, rather than sodium hyaluronate, for your moisturizer.
Want to treat your skin to a big boost of hyaluronic acid?
Try a hyaluronic acid face mask.
These feature the ingredient combined with other antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients, enabling the hyaluronic acid to work even better.
Of course, hyaluronic acid facial fillers have also become quite popular.
These involve injecting a gel form of hyaluronic acid into the dermal layer of the skin, which gives the skin a restored volume and fullness.
Although these injectables are becoming more common, make sure that you only visit a board-certified dermatologist for this treatment. While side effects are minimal, things can go wrong if the fillers are not injected properly.
Incorporating Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Diet
Did you know that there are certain foods out there that are fantastic sources of hyaluronic acid?
There are also others that help to stimulate the body into producing more of its own hyaluronic acid.
Sounds good, right?
When nourishing your skin with a specific ingredient from the outside, it always makes sense to do the exact same thing from within too.
So, to increase the amount of hyaluronic acid that you are putting into your body, these are the foods you should be eating more of:
- Bone Broth – the way in which the bones are simmered for a long period of time causes them to leach their nutrients out into the water/ broth, one of which is pure hyaluronic acid
- Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes – they may be starchy, but they are both packed with hyaluronic acid, along with several other vitamins and minerals
- Red Meats – organ meats in particular are high in hyaluronic acid
- Kale – it should not surprise you that among all of its other many nutrients, kale is also a source of hyaluronic acid
Here are some foods that help to encourage your body to produce more hyaluronic acid on its own, which, as you can imagine, is really the very best kind for your skin:
- Soy Foods – foods such as tofu, edamame and tempeh increase estrogen levels in the body, which are believed to help increase the body’s production of hyaluronic acid
- Leafy Greens – these are a great source of magnesium, which is crucial when it comes to the production of hyaluronic acid in the body
- Citrus Fruits – from oranges to lemons to grapefruits, citrus fruits contain a compound called naringenin, which prevents the hyaluronic acid that your body is producing, or has already produced, from breaking down
If you want to increase your consumption of hyaluronic acid even more, you could consider opting for hyaluronic acid oral supplements.
While these are most commonly used for osteoarthritis (due to the way in which hyaluronic acid helps to lubricate the joints with all of the its moisture), an increasing number of people are now taking hyaluronic acid supplements to boost the health of their skin.
Does this work?
Research shows that it does. The hyaluronic acid in a supplement is absorbed by the body and passed on to the skin, where it then increases the skin’s moisture levels and helps to rejuvenate the skin.
Studies have also found that consuming hyaluronic acid supplements seems to stimulate the body into producing even more hyaluronic acid of its own.
One thing to keep in mind if you’re a vegan…
The majority of hyaluronic acid supplements have sourced their ingredient from chickens, as chicken combs are packed with this nutrient. It is definitely possible to find hyaluronic acid that has come from a plant-based source, but it may take more searching on your part, and will likely also be more costly.
There isn’t likely to be a single dermatologist out there who would argue against using hyaluronic acid, and this is an uncommon thing when it comes to skin care ingredients. Hyaluronic acid really is such a skin care powerhouse – try adding it into your own skin care routine to see this for yourself!