We’re all looking for tools to help us look our best and this includes skincare. The benefits of hyaluronic acid are undisputed. It’s a popular heavyweight in the cosmetics industry. In this post, you’ll learn the benefits of hyaluronic acid for the skin, and why it’s the ultimate hydrator.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural compound present in all connective tissue. Its main responsibility is to retain moisture. This is what makes it so ideal as a skincare ingredient. One of the lovely effects of aging is the inability to hold moisture in the skin, causing it to become “thirsty.” You can clearly see the visual effects of dehydrated skin.
Not only does the lack of hyaluronic acid cause a dull complexion, it makes the skin look older. Over time, natural secretions from glands in the skin begin to decline, accentuating dry, flaky skin. HA is a glycosaminoglycan, a component of connective tissue that is made of complex polysaccharides. It decreases with age. No surprise there – a lot of great things decline with age.
Unhealthy lifestyle factors also hasten the decline of HA. Genetics play a part, as well, as does smoking and nutrient deficiencies – all factors within our control. Is it time to add HA to your skin care routine? I add it to my vitamin C serum to augment the beneficial effects.
The Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid For The Skin
HA is an essential component of skin. Once you’ve reached age 40, you’ll start to notice its decline. One reason for this is that estrogen is an important molecular signal for the production of hyaluronic acid. Young women, with plenty of estrogen, have beautiful skin due to HA’s ability to stimulate collagen and retain moisture.
This is why plastic surgeons have capitalized on HA for use in cosmetic procedures, and why anti-aging skincare products include this incredible ingredient in their formulas. The benefits of hyaluronic acid include:
- Promotes collagen production
- Retains moisture
- Has a plumping effect
- Prevents sagging and wrinkling
- Speeds wound healing
- Reduces scarring
- Strengthens skin structure
- Increases the effects of topical vitamin C
- Adds volume and fullness
- Improves elasticity
- Reduces under-eye bags
Why, exactly, would you not use it?
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HA Is A Natural Humectant
Take a minute and visualize a baby’s flawless skin. It’s amazingly smooth, supple, and plump. Thank you hyaluronic acid. Babies are born with high amounts of hyaluronic acid, which gradually declines with age. Fortunately, we can enjoy the benefits of HA by using it topically, or as an injection. HA powder is a great choice if you want to make your own serum.
HA is present in generous amounts in the spaces between skin cells, providing the necessary moisture to keep it smooth and firm. It’s responsible for that dewy, soft, supple look we all want. Hyaluronic acid is safe, gentle, and works for all skin types.
It even rights free radical-damage caused by excess sun exposure, radiation, alcohol, smoking, and toxic environmental chemicals. Preservatives in the food supply also contribute to free-radical damage.
Think of HA kind of like a sponge. It can hold a lot of water. Another perk of HA is that it doesn’t clog pores and is anti-inflammatory.
HA’s claim to fame, and rightly so, is that one gram of this magical substance can hold up to six liters of water. Do you see why it’s so awesome for anti-aging? After applying HA to your face, be sure and lock it in with a heavy night cream or your favorite moisturizer. If your skin is really dry, apply HA to dampened skin, followed by a moisturizing cream.
Hyaluronic Acid And Hair Care
It gets even better because not only is HA good for the skin, it’s also great for your hair, especially if it’s dry and fragile. The hair fiber itself contains a high percentage of water. If moisture is lost, hair can break and split. When moisture is restored and the hair is hydrated, it becomes stronger and more flexible, preventing split ends and breakage.
HA is particularly effective for color-treated and damaged hair. Not only is it an awesome moisturizer, it gives the hair a sleek, polished look, while restoring shine and fullness. HA will also keep your scalp healthy and prevent dandruff.
HA is also fantastic for lips, particularly lips that have lost volume. When lips are hydrated, they look and feel plumper. Lip balm with HA is especially good to use in the winter months when the air is dry. Because HA is a humectant, it attracts and binds water, keeping the lips moist and hydrated. Moist lips don’t crack or peel like dry lips do. In fact, HA is FDA-approved for lip augmentation.
Do you use HA? Have you noticed a difference? Let me know in the comments:)
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