Everything you need to know about Hyaluronic Acid
If it’s plumper, softer, smoother skin you’re after, look no further than Hyaluronic Acid to reduce fine lines and hydrate dry patches. It’s no coincidence that many skincare brands these days pack their serums, lotions and even sheet masks with this all-rounded ingredient. We give you the lowdown on what exactly it is and how you can make the best use of Hyaluronic Acid for your skin.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that is found naturally in our skin which works really well in attracting and holding water and helps keep skin to stay hydrated and plump. The molecule is able to hold up to a thousand times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin, but also prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air.
As we age, the essential fibres that keep our skin looking firm and plump (collagen, elastin, and yes you guessed it, hyaluronic acid) decreases. While you could help your body to naturally stimulate the production of HA and retain it by consuming more fruits and vegetables that are high in antixodants, finding other ways to incorporate HA in your daily routine would be helpful to boost your skin’s health.
It’s VERY moisturising
Thanks to its ability to hold and retain water, HA is an excellent ingredient to be incorporated into skincare products like creams and serums, to soothe and hydrate dry skin.
Needless to say, HA should be a key ingredient for any antiaging beauty regime, helping your skin to achieve a younger, more dewy appearance.
Hyaluronic Acid as an Injectable
For those well versed with aesthetic options, you will recognise hyaluronic acid being used in fillers. Well known brands such as a JUVÉDERM and Restylane use a gel form of hyaluronic acid to add volume to the face. A few drops of HA is all you need to fill out lines and get rid of undereye shadows.
With fillers, side effects are minimal where you may experience some swelling or bruising that can last for two or three days.
Something we can never stress enough is finding the right doctor, who is certified and experienced for any type of filler treatment.