Pump up the volume.
If you haven’t heard about Hyaluronic Acid or, as it’s sometimes called Sodium Hyaluronate, then perhaps now is the time to get yourself acquainted with this important substance.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is often added to moisturisers because of its ability to hold a whopping 1000 times its own weight in water. This ability means it attracts water to your skin giving you an instant moisture boost.
It’s a substance that the body naturally produces and it’s the most widely used substance in injectable dermal fillers.
But what is it?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your body. It provides cushioning to your joints, lubricates your eyes and is a primary component in your skin. It gives your skin its structure and bounce. When you were a baby you had tons of the stuff, your skin was bouncy and beautiful.
Unfortunately, as we age the amount of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) found in the skin begins to diminish causing a lack of elasticity and flexibility.
In other words? Not so bouncy.
Where does it come from?
No to put you off or anything, but once upon a time, commercially produced Hyaluronic Acid was derived from rooster comb, but these days most manufacturers will opt for something produced in the lab through a process of fermentation, with many skincare companies opting for the use of Sodium Hyaluronate as it has a smaller molecule and more readily accepted into the skin.
What’s it doing for your skin?
When applied to the skin, either via a moisturiser or just ‘straight-up’ in a serum formulation, it’s going to grab on to the cells on the surface of your skin and plump them up. So, if you’ve been feeling a bit dehydrated, Hyaluronic Acid is the perfect solution for instant relief. It’s like giving your skin a drink.
Plumping up your skin.
The thing with Hyaluronic Acid when it’s applied topically is, after a few hours it’ll begin to evaporate.
It might help to think of your skin as a sponge which is void of moisture, once immersed in water it plumps up, but after a few hours left out of the water, the sponge will go back to its original state. Parched, dry and inflexible.
This is constantly happening to your skin, especially if you’re exposed to the drying effects of air conditioning or you live in a dry climate.
So, even though Hyaluronic Acid will eventually evaporate, adding it to your skin on a daily basis is giving your skin much better defence against dehydration.
Pumping up your collagen.
There are other uses. When HA is medically injected into your lines and wrinkles via dermal fillers, it directly fills the space under your skin where a wrinkle has formed. Injecting the skin with HA directly into the dermis will actually stimulate collagen, so you are getting a little more than just filling in your lines, the strength and structure of your skin will improve over time. Bonus!!
If done correctly by an experienced injector the results can be truly impressive and sometimes HA can be injected over a large area of the face to improve its volume and plump up areas where the face has become a little hollow, those areas where the natural fat pads under the skin have begun to diminish. Areas, like your cheeks or under your eyes.
Again, I repeat, if it’s done correctly, the results can be very pleasing and even though most cosmetic doctors will tell you the results only last up to 9 months or so, often the results last much longer, especially if you continue to look after your skin and maintain your body’s water equilibrium.
So is it helping you or not?
Anything that instantly plumps the skin up is going to help the look and feel of your skin and the more protected your lipid barrier is the less likely your skin is going to deteriorate, dehydrate and lose its glow.
But, Hyaluronic acid (HA) alone will not be enough. As water-loving as HA is, you’re going to need to combine it with natural lipids found in essential fatty acid compounds to replicate the skin’s natural matrix.
For more information on the best moisturisers adding valuable lipids to your skin you may like this article: In search of the perfect moisturiser.
Serums bursting with Hyaluronic Acid
Here are four brands I trust.
Shop the brands: From the left. Hydr8 B5 from Medik8, Hydra Hyaluronic Cellular Serum from Ella Bache, Hydrating Serum from Environ, and Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum
And now you?
How’s your skin feeling? Needing a companion serum to boost your skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid composition? I’d love to hear from you and if you liked this post why not scroll down and share it with your friends.
See you next time,