We are hearing a lot about Hyaluronic Acid or HA these days. It is nothing new and is a key ingredient for anti-aging as well as restoring moisture to the skin.
What it is: A naturally occurring substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains skin’s moisture and elasticity.
What it does: When used topically, Hyaluronic Acid creates a moisture barrier on the skin, helping to make it smoother and softer. This ingredient is able to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water, thus producing amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. As an injectable, Hyaluronic Acid works as a plumper, filling wrinkles and fine lines. Because it is already naturally present in our bodies, HA is a safer alternative to synthetic ingredients and is less likely to be rejected as a foreign substance. The molecule, however, is quite large and can’t fully penetrate the outer layers of the skin to fill wrinkles when used topically. The challenge then is for skin care brands to make products that will actually get absorbed into the skin to be able to work with the skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid.
Who is it for: With age, the skin’s ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid decreases. Production starts to decline in the 20’s and this decline accelerates in the 40’s. Decreased production rapid degradation of HA contribute to signs of aging, including decreased firmness, less facial plumpness, and rough texture. Depending on your skin type, you may start to use products containing this ingredient in your 20’s but it will become more important as you get older.
Hyaluronic Acid can enhance moisture content better than anything else, and at the same time revitalize the skin’s outer layers so the skin looks and feel softer, smoother, and, hydrated. That is why when a product with HA is used, it appears to instantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As well, between environmental factors (pollution) as well as unprotected sun exposure, our skin suffers and needs help to restore it’s natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid – the more our skin is moisturized the healthier it will be and look. Used as part of a complete anti-aging skin care regimen, HA helps to reduce the effects of these environmental factors.
One of our best selling products with Hyaluronic Acid is the HA5 Hydrator from SkinMedica. Containing five different types of Hyaluronic Acid, it provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for overall skin health.