Skincare 101: What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic, it’s kinda hard to pronounce and can be a bit intimidating to others but it’s actually the holy grail for glowing hydrated skin.
But what is Hyaluronic acid? Also known as hyaluronan or HA is a type of molecule naturally found in your skin that pulls water from the air and sucks it into your face like a sponge, helping your skin stay moist throughout the day.
Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison. It also revitalizes the skin’s outer surface layers, so they look and feel softer, smoother, and radiantly hydrated. This instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is something that everybody’s skin could use, and it very rarely has any side effects. There are different sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules found in products that penetrate your skin at different depths.
Studies show that hyaluronic acid with lower molecular weights penetrates deeper into the skin, which can cause inflammation, so if you’re noticing any dryness or irritation from your HA serum, stop using it and switch to another or ask your dermatologist for options. A hyaluronic with bigger molecules might be more suitable for you.
You might be thinking that why use hyaluronic acid if it just for hydrating? Always remember that the foundation of good skin is hydrated skin. So think your skin like a sponge, yes the one we use for washing dishes. If you put dishwashing liquid on it while the sponge is dry it won’t bubble up right? It’s the same with our skin, if your skin is not properly hydrated or dry, all of the products that we apply to our skin will not be effective. So it’s important to add at least one hydrating product to your skincare routine.