HYALURONIC ACID; MY ULTIMATE SKINCARE ARSENAL RIGHT NOW

With the buzz around skincare, K-beauty, hydration and anti-aging. It’s about time we talk about hyaluronic acid, its benefits for our skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring compound found throughout the body’s connective tissue.The awesome jelly-like substance is a humectant, which draws water from the environment into your skin. Hence, making it incredibly hydrating. HA is the main component of what gives your skin structure. It is also responsible for that plump and hydrated look. You may have heard about collagen as the ultimate plumping ingredient, but hyaluronic acid is bae…

BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID

It binds  up to 1000 times its weight in water! In other words, it functions as a humectant and holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin to keep it nice and hydrated.

As we age, our natural Hyaluronic Acid levels deplete, which leads to a reduced ability to preserve moisture, leaving skin less plump with a loss of firmness.

Apart from being a very effective hydrator, a couple of studies have also found that it’s very good for healing wounds, too! The benefits of hyaluronic acid on the skin has to do with its molecular weight and concentration.

HOW DOES HYALURONIC ACID WORK

So we know it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. When you apply a HA serum to your skin, it acts like a suction by attracting moisture to boost hydration on the surface of skin. But where is that moisture coming from?

The moisture that Hyaluronic Acid attracts comes from your external environment, so it absorbs moisture from the air around you to leave skin plumped and hydrated.

However, if you have dry or dehydrated skin or the atmosphere around you is dry (think heating/air con). HA will actually draw moisture from the deeper layers of skin, bringing it to the surface and potentially worsen your skin’s dryness

HOW TO INCORPORATE HYALURONIC ACID IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

Fortunately, science has found a way to decrease the size of HA molecules. So they can penetrate deeper into your epidermis layer and plump your skin where it’s most needed.

To make the most out of hyaluronic acid as an anti-aging ingredient, use it in the form of serum or drops and apply it on damp skin, then apply a moisturizer on top. This will seal in the moisture and also provide moisture for the HA to absorb, should the air around you be dry.

Hyaluronic Acid works most effectively when it is sandwiched between two layers of additional moisture. Think of your HA serum as your sandwich filling with layers of moisture either side for your bread.

So, start with a freshly cleansed base (of course) and spritz your face to dampen skin. Follow up with the application of your hydrating serum. Check out my review of the Fourthray Hyaluronic Serum here...

Seal in all that hydration with your moisturizer of choice and don’t forget SPF during the day!

 

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