Why Everyone Is Talking About Hyaluronic Acid?
Although it sounds as though it’s something synthetic and made in a lab, hyaluronic acid is actually a molecule that is naturally present in our bodies but declines with age. Lack of natural hyaluronic acid can lead to dullness, sensitivity, fine lines and uneven skin tone. Thankfully you can now apply your hyaluronic acid in the form of effective serums, lotions and even via your cosmetics. It is one of the most effective ingredients available for moisturising skin.
So what is Hyaluronic Acid?
Usually labelled as Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and as Sodium Hyaluronate, it’s a natural humectant molecule, found in our bodies, that acts like a magnet to draw moisture to the skin to keep it plump, hydrated and health. It is very gentle so suitable even for dry and sensitive skin. In fact, it is suitable for all skin types, from oily to dehydrated and everything in between. It can also act as an antioxidant shield, protecting skin from daily aggressors.
How does it work?
Once applied to the skin, it can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, giving skin a softer texture. Just a single gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to six litres of water! It also regulates moisture within our cells so that they get the optimum amount of moisture required. It plumps skin up, giving it a more even skin tone and helps to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Is it safe?
Despite a rather clinical, scientific name, it’s a natural molecule and completely safe to use. It doesn’t strip the skin, isn’t harsh and is non-toxic. Not to mention highly effective! As it is water-based we recommend ideally applying it to damp skin and then adding a heavier product over it to maximise the water-retention and benefits. The only time we don't recommend using it is in very hot, dry climates where it may pull water from our skin as we lose moisture to the dry air around us.
What does it work best for?
- It’s anti-aging, replacing and retaining the natural moisture levels that we lose as we age.
- It relieves and hydrates dry skin.
- It soothes and protects sensitive skin.
Why use it?
Hailed as a revolutionary natural molecule that helps to slow down, and even reverse, signs of ageing, studies show that Hyaluronic Acid improves hydration levels in the skin and helps maintain elasticity. It also helps to stimulate collagen production in the skin, cushion joints and nerve tissues, and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Our bodies contain 15g of Hyaluronic Acid and this level decreases as we age. A third of Hyaluronic Acid is degraded and synthesised every day so using products containing this natural ingredient can help to slow down the effects of this loss and regenerate our skin.
Top Beauty Buys Featuring Hyaluronic Acid:
- Ere Perez, Quandong Green Booster Serum, €36
- The Organic Pharmacy, Enzyme Peel Mask, €62
- Evolve Organic Beauty, Complete Care Essentials Set, €55
- Evolve Organic Beauty, Hyaluronic Eye Complex, €20
- Ere Perez, Herbal Face Tonic, €27
- Ere Perez, Cranberry Lip and Eye Butter, €28
- Lily Lolo, BB Cream, €18
- Ilia Beauty, Vivid Foundation, €48
- Antipodes, Manuka Honey Day Cream, €49
- Evolve Organic Beauty, Climate Veil Tinted SPF20, €34
Shop all products containing Hyaluronic Acid here.