Hyaluronic Acid: How It Helps Your Skin and Who Needs It
Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar (glycosaminoglycan) which occurs naturally in every tissue of the body, with the highest concentrations occurring in tissues such as skin, cartilage and eyes. It supports and maintains collagen, elastin, and trugidity in connective tissues and lubricates ligaments. Topically, hyaluronic acid has water storing properties, making it an ideal swelling agent and lubricant. When applied to the skin, it helps protect your skin, keeps it hydrated, and keeps it looking young and fresh. Products with hyaluronic acid help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, fade scars, boost hydration, and reveal softer, smoother, glowing skin. And hyaluronic acid does all this without any negative side effects!
The biggest causes of aging skin are moisture loss and sun damage (which happens to cause moisture loss). As our skin loses its ability to retain moisture, away with it goes the suppleness, firmness, even tone, and vitality. Hyaluronic acid has an amazing ability to hold water – one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 6 liters of water! When applied to the skin it can balance the skin's moisture level and give it just the right amount of water. It penetrates the intercellular reservoir, raising skin's moisture level, and smoothing down age lines. This makes it an excellent ingredient for all skin types, especially for oily and acne prone skin that reacts to regular moisturizers.
Not only does hyaluronic acid provide excellent hydration, it is an antioxidant, which helps prevent aging by protecting the skin from the environment and the sun. This means that hyaluronic acid addresses the 2 main causes of aging skin, making it a perfect ingredient for anti-aging skincare too.
There is also sodium hyaluronate- which is a salt derived from hyaluronic acid. It has the same benefits as hyaluronic acid plus it is more easily absorbed into the skin. We currently have 2 products with sodium hyaluronate, the Luz brightening serum and the Cafe eye cream.
So basically hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that would benefit everyone. If you need hydration, plump skin, protection from the environment (who doesn't?), or just overall want a nicer complexion then add some hyaluronic acid into your skincare regimen.