Hyaluronic acid is one of the most popular and well-loved skincare ingredients out there. HA is a profound hydrator that can help skin look (and feel) more supple, as it is a protein molecule found naturally in the skin that binds to the water in it in order to help it retain moisture. In fact, it can hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water!
Although hyaluronic acid is already present in our skin and body, it is still crucial to prioritize a hyaluronic acid serums in our skincare routines–and even more so as we age. Like collagen, our natural reserve of HA decreases as our days advance.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ashley Magovern explains that “as we age, our skin becomes increasingly dry and loses moisture. Aging skin loses its firmness, becomes less supple, and often looks dehydrated”––which we can blame for the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Serums, day/night creams or gels that contain hyaluronic acid can replenish that loss and visibly improve the appearance of fine lines.
That being said, regardless of age, skin type, or concern: “everyone can and should be using a product containing hyaluronic acid”, adds Dr. Magovern. Hyaluronic acid is known to be gentle enough for all skin types and will not aggravate pre-existing conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea.
BENEFITS OF HA INCLUDE:
- HA greatly fortifies the skin’s barrier which, over time, can help slow down the natural deterioration of the lipid barrier. The top layer of the skin (the epidermis) takes the biggest hit from external damage (everything from UV rays, to environmental toxins, to lifestyle choices can cause damage.). As we age, the lipid barrier (AKA the fatty acids that prevent irritants from entering the skin) in the epidermis weakens, results in more fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and dry skin.
- HA is shown to help accelerate wound healing by regulating inflammation levels and signalling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area. Hence, for those with damaged skin, breakouts or post-treatment skin
- HA isn’t known to reduce scars or dark spotting, but if combined with other treatments such as Vitamin C or dermarolling, it can help skin look smoother faster.
- When the skin is stripped of hydration (water), it will overcompensate by producing oil. A big misconception is that those with oily and acne prone skins don’t need hydration, when in fact, they do. By promoting proper moisture balance in the skin, hyaluronic acid prevents the over-production of sebum that leads to clogged pores and breakouts.
Find a few of our favorite hyaluronic acid products below:
SKINMEDICA HA5 REJUVENATIVE HYDRATOR $196
SKINCEUTICALS H.A. INTENSIFIER $132
ESTHEDERM INTENSIVE HYALURONIC CREAM $96
/SKIN REGIMEN/ 1.85 HYALURONIC BOOSTER $130
IMAGE SKINCARE AGELESS TOTAL PURE HYALURONIC ACID6 (FILLER) $124
INTRACEUTICALS REJUVENATE CONTOUR EYE GEL $170
PCA SKIN HYALURONIC ACID BOOSTING SERUM $155
Until next time,