Hyaluronic acid is one of the most incredible of skincare ingredients. Impressively it can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water meaning just one gram of hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold up to six litres of water – now that is amazing!
Don’t be fooled by the name, although it is an acid, it won’t strip the skin or cause irritation, in fact the opposite is true, hyaluronic acid plays an important role in skin regeneration. This acid is derived from a sugar produced naturally by skin cells, and is also found in the eyes and joints.
Due to various factors, including aging, hormones and UV exposure, the levels of hyaluronic acid produced naturally start to reduce and become less effective, meaning the skin needs a little extra help.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid works by providing structural support to surrounding cells – like scaffolding. Acting as a magnet for moisture, it allows skin to maintain its moisture levels, ensuring it remains clear, smooth and hydrated.
When applied directly to skin, creams and serums containing hyaluronic acid help to maintain some of the skin’s natural moisture by drawing it to the surface where it is most needed.
Hyaluronic acid also has antioxidant properties, meaning it acts as a shield against environmental aggressors such as pollution, tackling dullness, hyperpigmentation and sensitivity.
It combines well with many other skincare ingredients including retinols, vitamins and other acids and works on any skin type and tone, even sensitive, dark or oily skin.
What is it:
Hyaluronic acid is derived from a sugar naturally produced by skin cells
What does it do:
- Keep skin hydrated and maintains moisture levels
- Protects against environmental aggressors
Products containing hyaluronic acid: