It seems as if there is always some new breakthrough ingredient that is the biggest skincare ingredient of the moment. While some of these trendy ingredients are not that effective, hyaluronic acid’s reputation is completely justified. This skin-restoring ingredient works well for all skin types and is especially beneficial for more mature skins.
What is hyaluronic acid and how does it work?
As we age, our skin loses moisture, becoming less firm and elastic. What makes hyaluronic acid so special is that it is capable of holding in moisture, more than any other natural or synthetic polymer. This is important for ageing skin as healthy moisture content is one of the most important properties of youthful-looking skin.
Hyaluronic acid also strengthens the barrier layer (the outer layers of our skin). A healthy skin barrier feels softer, smoother and fuller and looks younger. Hyaluronic acid also offers protection by releasing antioxidants to prevent damage by free radicals. It also soothes the skin.
Adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine
Hyaluronic acid’s light texture works well for dry and oily skin. It is so mild that you can even use it on sensitive skin. It is also safe to use it in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
More and more brands are now adding hyaluronic acid to their products. Just check the list of ingredients to see if a product contains it. Remember though, it should not be quite at the bottom of the list, because this means the product only contains a very small amount of hyaluronic acid.
Day and night creams and serums usually contain hyaluronic acid. Make sure to check that the product you want to buy does not contain irritating fragrances, alcohol that dries out the skin or aromatic plant oils. They may counteract the benefits of hyaluronic acid.
If you have already found a cream that works for you but it does not contain any hyaluronic acid, you can always add a product such as Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster. Simply mix it with your night cream or serum or use it for some additional hydration. It will plump out fine lines and wrinkles and make you look younger.
The effect of hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid does not have the same effect as a cosmetic filler (injection with a wrinkle-filling substance), even though some cosmetic brands claim it does. There is no denying that injecting a filler will always be more effective than a topical product that you apply to the skin. If you are considering fillers, then start by giving products with hyaluronic acid a try before you do. Perhaps the results will be so satisfying that you will forget about the fillers altogether!