Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural-occurring carbohydrate that is able to hold over a thousand times its weight in water with one gram holding up to six litres! The molecules bind to water to help retain moisture, leaving your skin looking healthier, supple and radiant. As it is a humectant, it increases hydration to your skin by continuously drawing moisture from your surroundings. Not only does it hydrate, but its antioxidant-like properties also strengthens your skin’s natural barrier, acting as a shield against free radicals and other environmental aggressors, besides smoothening the skin and increasing skin cell regeneration. What’s more? This miracle molecule reduces the appearance of wrinkles, redness and pigmentation.
Some products contain HA in the form of sodium hyaluronate or potassium hyaluronate, so keep your eyes peeled for that! You only need one product containing the standard concentration of 2% HA per solution to see an improvement in your skin in as little as 2 weeks. Try to opt for products that explicitly state they contain a variety of high and low molecular weight HA molecules as due to its high molecular weight, some of the molecules will not be able to penetrate into your skin.
HA penetrates easily, thus works perfectly when applied topically. Its weightless feel doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. It works well with all types of skin as it is non-irritating and doesn’t trigger any allergic reactions or breakouts with those having dry skin or mature skin reaping the most benefits. Although HA works well with most ingredients, be careful to not mix it with products containing acids with low pH levels as it will decrease the effectiveness of the molecule.
As we get older and our skin becomes weathered from exposure to UV rays and pollution, our skin produces less HA, thus we need to replenish by applying serums and moisturisers containing this ingredient. Check out some products containing HA that you can add into your routine to help you achieve that radiant and youthful glow!