Should I be using products that contain Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid can be found in skin care products that we use daily – from moisturizers, and creams to cleansers and toners – with claims of youthful, healthier looking skin. And, because it is gentle on the skin, it is recommended for all skin types.

How does it work?

In a nutshell, it is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in our skin. This molecule absorbs moisture, which leads to plumper skin. Use of this substance is important for supple skin, because as skin ages our body doesn’t produce enough Hyaluronic Acid, therefore, skin dehydrates and that leads to formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Aside from Hyaluronic Acid there are other natural ingredients that act as “humectants” that help to attract water from their surroundings such as Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Amino Acids, Fatty Acids. Hyaluronic acid’s molecules, when applied topically, are often too large to be effectively absorbed into the skin.  Actually, its molecules sit on the skin and absorb moisture to keep skin hydrated.  When the air is too dry, it would be beneficial to have a humidifier handy.  Especially while you are sleeping and do nothing to your skin.

It’s not a moisturizer?

It is important to know that Hyaluronic Acid is not a moisturizer, rather its molecules are able to hold water. Although not clear, some studies suggest that the molecules will hold 1,000 times its weight in water, and of course, some suggest otherwise. But, regardless of how many claims you can find, it is obvious that Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient to absorb enough moisture to help keep skin hydrated. 

Consistency is key.

As we all know, skin is resilient, but remember consistency is key.  To notice the maximum benefit, it is essential to maintain your daily skin care. Generally, it takes several weeks to see the difference.  In addition, do not forget to keep your body hydrated – drink plenty of water.