It’s true…we consistently rave on about a number of ingredients we really rate when it comes to creating change in the skin. And Hyaluronic Acid is definitely on that list. Here we explain what it is, why it’s such a wonder ingredient you need to look out for, and where you can find it. Plus, some great Hyaluronic-Acid Hacks to help you do its best work.
So What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Found naturally in the skin, this gel-like, water-binding molecule is blessed with the ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in water. Think of it like a sponge that soaks up liquid and keeps it there. But much like Collagen and Elastin, your natural reserves of Hyaluronic Acid decrease with age.
Why is Hyaluronic Acid So Important for The Skin?
Firstly and most importantly, it’s essential for maintaining hydration in the skin. The fact that it not only attracts water but then keeps it there makes it an essential multi-tasker. Hyaluronic Acid also boosts Collagen production and maintains skin elasticity, plumpness and bounce. It also fights free radicals, and even acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe and calm skin against the elements (and right now, we’re talking about you, Winter).
A loss of moisture is considered an important factor in the ageing process and Hyaluronic Acid is considered the most important molecule in skin hydration.
Where You Can Find Hyaluronic Acid
Find more skinstitut products that contain Hyaluronic Acid here.
How To Get The Most out of Hyaluronic Acid
A couple of great tips we’ve learned about using products that contain Hyaluronic Acid:
Especially during colder weather with low humidity, Hyaluronic Acid can need a little help to keep moisture locked into your skin.
Before you use a product containing Hyaluronic Acid, apply it to slightly damp skin so it has a base of moisture to which it can easily attach itself.
Check the ingredient panel on a product to see if it also contains an occlusive ingredient like Olive or Avocado Oil, Shea or Cocoa Butter, Allantoin, or Lecithin. Any of these will help the Hyaluronic Acid to retain moisture
To boost the hydrating powers of Hyaluronic Acid, we recommend pairing it with a moisturiser like Moisture Defence or a face oil like Multi-Active Oil as a final step to create a protective barrier over the skin.
Check out or range of hydrators to find your perfect moisture match, according to your skin type here.