Are you wondering why there is so much buzz around hyaluronic acid? From what it can do to how to use it, here’s what you should know.
Hyaluronic acid is doubtlessly one of the most popular skincare ingredients right now. Even if you don’t claim to be a skincare enthusiast, I am sure you must have used a hyaluronic serum or two. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid? And is it really effective; or just another overhyped skincare ingredient?
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a fundamental component of our natural extracellular matrix, which serves as the framework for our skin. This naturally occurring polysaccharide is found in our skin and connective tissues. According to a 2012 article, roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture.
Since it can retain more than 1,000 times its own weight in water, it acts as a humectant and draws moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and lower skin layers to the upper levels of the epidermis. It is super hydrating and essential to keep your skin plump and lubricated.
Why do we need hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our body. Then why do we need to supplement it, either topically or through injections?
We lose the amount of hyaluronic acid in our bodies as we age. Factors like sun exposure, tobacco, and smoke can also slow down its production and leave your skin looking dull and tired. Since dehydrated skin is one of the main causes of wrinkles and fine lines, decreasing hyaluronic acid levels in your skin can make you look older. It is important to supplement hyaluronic acid to tackle these skin issues. You can apply it topically or get hyaluronic acid injections for a plump and radiant complexion.
What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a holy grail for dull, dehydrated and tired-looking skin. Here are some of the benefits of hyaluronic acid:
- Hydrated skin
If you have dry skin, you must add hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid is an ultra-hydrating ingredient. It replenishes and holds cell moisture, giving you hydrated, plump skin. (Dr G HA Intense Moisturiser is an excellent option to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine).
Hyaluronic acid absorbs quickly in your skin. It boosts your skin hydrating without sitting on top of your skin and making it sticky.
- Anti-ageing benefits
Since hyaluronic acid makes your skin plump and supple, it effectively minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid can also aid in collagen production, thus giving you a smooth and youthful complexion.
- Strengthens your skin barrier
Dehydrated skin is unable to maintain an adequately intact skin barrier, making it more prone to injury from external and environmental sources. Hyaluronic acid boosts hydration and in turn, strengthens your skin barrier.
- Excellent choice for fillers
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most preferred ingredients for dermal fillers. Since its composition is so closely related to substances in our bodies, it adds volume to areas like lips and cheeks without causing any irritation.
How to use hyaluronic acid—topically or through injections?
Hyaluronic acid can transform your skin whether applied topically or injected into your skin. But what’s the difference?
When applied topically, hyaluronic acid offers hydration only on the surface. Since it has a high molecular weight, it is too large and heavy to penetrate the skin. For hyaluronic acid to absorb better, it is bioengineered to have a much lower molecular weight. But even then, the molecules only make it to the upper-most layer of the skin. This is where hyaluronic acid injections come in! Since it is injected deep into your skin, it is absorbed better and gives better results. If you want to get the most out of hyaluronic acid, try Profhilo at ISAAC Luxe.
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