What does Hyaluronic Acid do?
With key skincare benefits including optimising moisture levels, reducing existing wrinkles and delaying the formation of new ones, Hyaluronic Acid is a must for any complexion. Discover more about the science behind this hydrating superhero.
Learn more about this hydration-boosting active ingredient that holds the key to dewy, glowing skin.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the body – notably in the skin, eyes and joints. A powerful humectant, its primary role is to trap water inside tissue cells. Unlike other well-known acids commonly found in skincare, such as AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids), Hyaluronic Acid isn’t a chemical exfoliator. Its function is to retain and preserve moisture, and prevent it evaporating into the air.
The benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Water makes up a significant proportion of healthy skin. When it’s properly hydrated, skin looks and feels soft, smooth, plump and supple, and any lines and wrinkles look less prominent. That’s why Hyaluronic Acid is such an important skincare ingredient. This super-hydrator can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. But while it occurs naturally in our skin, levels decline as we age – and can also be depleted by free radical damage, harsh weather conditions, and poor nutrition. Replenishing these dwindling supplies via topical skincare products rich in Hyaluronic Acid is a fast, effective solution.
Who should use Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is suitable for almost anyone and everyone. Even sensitive skins usually react well to it, and because it’s non-irritating it shouldn’t trigger any acne, rosacea or allergic skin episodes. Thanks to its proven hydrating abilities, Hyaluronic Acid is especially beneficial for anyone with dry and/or dehydrated skin, or if you have concerns about premature ageing. But even if your skin is oily or combination, don’t think that Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient to avoid. On the contrary, all skin types need moisture. If your skin becomes too dry, or ‘stripped’ of oil and moisture by harsh products, it can overcompensate with yet more oil production, and a vicious circle ensues.
How do I incorporate Hyaluronic Acid into my skincare routine?
Hyaluronic Acid isn’t sensitive to sunlight, and in turn won’t sensitise your skin to UV rays, so it can be used morning and night. And unlike certain key ingredients which shouldn’t be used together, Hyaluronic Acid partners well with most other actives, so it’s easy to mix and match.
Hyaluronic Acid is widely used in many different types of skincare products, including our Forevermore Serum and Cleansing Cream – but it’s not always obvious to spot. Look out for Sodium Hyaluronate in the ingredients list. This water-soluble, salt derivative of Hyaluronic Acid delivers the same benefits, but has a smaller molecule size so it can penetrate more deeply, and is more easily absorbed.