What is hyaluronic acid, and how does it benefit aging skin?
Well, to put it simply, hyaluronic acid is a natural skin plumper!
It helps attract and bind water molecules to your skin, giving it a bouncy, plump look and feel.
However, results can vary depending on several factors, including:
Keep reading to learn more…
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance (a group of sugar molecules called polysaccharides) naturally found in the body, like in the skin, joints, and eyes.
It acts as a cushion and lubricant, providing lubrication for movement and helping to protect joints from wear and tear.
In cosmetics (like serums and creams) a synthetic, lab-produced hyaluronic acid is used as a hydrating/moisturizing agent called a humectant because it helps draw moisture deep into the skin.
And, it works well if applied correctly!
As we age, our natural levels of HA decline.
Applying HA serum can help improve the appearance of parched, dehydrated, wrinkled skin by drawing moisture to the dermis.
And while it won’t permanently restore skin tissue levels, daily application of super low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can help provide a temporary lift and plumpness to the skin.
Don’t let the word “acid” scare you, there is nothing acidic or harsh about this mucopolysaccharide.
In fact, it's suitable for all skin types - from oily/acne prone to sensitive irritated skin.
I've tried HA several times without any noticeable effects, until I learned how to apply it correctly for best results:
This is the special tip for best results! The moisturizer will help seal the serum deep into the skin.
When is the best time to apply hyaluronic acid serum? I like to apply it twice a day, in the morning and at night.
First thing in the morning, after washing your face and before applying your moisturizer and sunscreen.
And, again, at night, after washing your face and before your favorite nighttime moisturizer.
Hyaluronic acid can be found in many creams and cosmetics.
But in order to obtain full benefits, look for cosmetics that contain low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid. Low-molecular-weight HA penetrates better for optimum results. 1
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There are different types of hyaluronic acid used in cosmetics. They include:
* Look for products that contain sodium hyaluronate for best results.
Sodium hyaluronate has smaller molecular size, which allows it to penetrate the skin more effectively and provide hydration to the deeper layers. It is often recommended for dry skin due to its ability to attract and retain moisture.
Also, check to see if they have added ingredients for extra plumping effects like:
I use the Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum by Zenmed.
It’s a combination of the hyaluronic acid serum (in the form of sodium hyaluronate) along with B5, CoQ10 and green tea.
The combo provides long term hydration (24 hour) hydration and skin tightening effects.
HA serums and creams are pretty safe for most people and generally don't have any documented side-effects.
However, applying too much or using incorrectly can potentially dry out the skin if certain conditions are not met. Here's how:
1. Insufficient Moisture Source: Hyaluronic acid works by drawing moisture from its surroundings, including the deeper layers of the skin. If the environment is dry or lacking sufficient humidity, using too much may lead to moisture depletion from the skin instead of providing hydration.
2. Incorrect Application: Always apply it to damp or slightly moist skin. Applying it to completely dry skin without any water or moisture source may cause it to pull moisture from the skin's surface, leaving it feeling dry and dehydrated.
3. Lack of Occlusive Layer: Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that attracts water molecules, but it needs to be sealed in with an occlusive layer, such as a moisturizer or facial oil, to prevent water loss.
To avoid drying out the skin, follow these tips:
1. Apply hyaluronic acid to slightly damp skin.
2. Follow up with a moisturizer or occlusive product to seal in and prevent moisture loss.
3. Adjust the amount used based on your skin's needs. Start with a small amount and observe how your skin reacts before increasing the quantity.
As always, it's best to pay attention to your skin's individual response and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.
If you have specific concerns or questions, it's recommended to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized advice.
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