It’s Bronwyn here again today from BiiBiiBeauty with another informative article o Hyaluronic acid benefits for the skin. Now don’t be afraid of the word “acid”, acids aren’t always harmful for the skin, some acids actually are very beneficial for us. One of those acids being, Hyaluronic Acid.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid which is also known as Hyaluronan is a Glycosaminoglycan, which is a molecule composed partially from sugars. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural structural component of our skin and is found in our connective body tissue throughout our entire body! Pretty nifty right?
So what makes Hyaluronic acid such an important factor for our skin? It actually is one of the biggest players in pulling water (hydration) into our skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water! making it ideal for retaining hydration and moisture in our skin.
How Hyaluronic Acid Benefits The Skin?
Hyaluronic Acid is a staple ingredient for anti-aging due to its ability to create and replenish that youthful, plump and moist look to the skin. Those who are noticing the signs of aging may experience dryness, fine lines and even skin flaking and wrinkles. This is because as we age, our bodies natural production of hyaluronic acid begins to slow down, resulting in the signs of aging as mentioned previously.
By Incorporating products into your skincare routine that contain Hyaluronic acid, you can slow down the signs of aging by replenishing your skins balance of hydration and moisture. This can result in noticeably reducing wrinkles, fading away fine lines, and getting rid of dry skin and flaking skin.
Now, not everyone with only dry and aging skin can enjoy the benefits of hyaluronic acid. It also is excellent for protecting the skin from harmful factors that can cause acne, blackheads, whiteheads and sensitivity. Hyaluronic acid not only pulls in hydration and moisture, but by doing so, it also strengthens and creates a protective barrier on the skin. This natural moisture barrier can keep pores clear, aiding in blackhead, whitehead and acne prevention. With its aid in moisture and hydration, the skin is in a healthy state, preventing cracking and flaking which can lead to redness, irritation and skin sensitivities.
Wow, that is a lot of benefits right? And to top it all off, it also creates an antioxidant defence from free-radical damage.
Types of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid has a sister, that being Sodium Hyaluronate which is most commonly seen in skincare products. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt derived form of Hyaluronic Acid. It is used in skincare due to its smaller molecular size, making it ideal for penetrating deep into the layers of the skin for the best absorption possible.
Because Hyalurnic acid has a heavier molecular weight, it isn’t commonly seen in all skincare products for hydration. However some brands can engineer the weight to be less for deep penetration into the skin. This is why it is more common to see Sodium Hyaluronate instead of Hyaluronic Acid. Keep in mind, both ingredients are types of Hyaluronic acid and provide the same benefits to the skin.
Using Hyaluronic Acid in Your Routine
Anyone with any skin type can use Hyaluronic Acid products. In fact, it is highly recommended that you do! Start checking for products that contain either Hyaluronic Acid or Sodium Hyaluronate. Adding these products to your routine can create some amazing results that will have you wondering why you didn’t know of this magical ingredient sooner!
Here are some products I personally love that focus on containing Hyaluronic acid and are designed for all skin types.
This toner is not like your regular North American Toners that leave your skin feeling tight and squeaky. This toner is designed to repair and hydrate the skin with Sodium Hyaluronate as one of its key ingredients among many other beneficial ingredients. It removes excess oil and cleanser while tightening the pores and prepping the skin with deep hydrating, leaving the skin ready to fully absorb the additional products to come. This is my favorite toners!
This essence is designed to be used after using a toner. It focuses on minimal ingredients with Sodium Hyaluronate as the key player for your skins fix of hyaluronic acid. For me, this is one of my skincare routine holy grail items. My skin has never looked or felt as good as it has since I started using it. I have already gone through 2 bottles!
This gel type serum is jam packed with Sodium Hyaluronate as its form of hyaluronic acid. With it as its second ingredient next to water, this serum will leave your skin feeling plump and full of moisture. Smoothing away flakes and dryness leaving your skin looking and feeling better then ever before. Once again this is a personal favorite of mine and it a main player in any hyaluronic acid lovers skincare routine.
Treat yourself to a a sheet mask full of hyaluronic acid! This sheet mask is designed to deliver hydration to the deepest layers of your skin. Soothing away redness and irritation or a photo ready face. It is the perfect treatment for anyone who is looking for better quality skin, no matter what skin type you have, this is a must have item! Which sodium hyaluronate as the second ingredient this sheet mask is a holy grail must have in my skincare routine.
If you want to take your hyaluronic acid routine into full drive, then this day/night cream will have any dry skin, aging skin or flaking skin sufferer waking up to more plump and youthful skin! It’s rich formula featuring Sodium Hyaluronate will have your skin looking and feel the best it every has. For dry skin, I suggest using it day and night. For those with flaking skin or normal/oily skin, I suggest using it only at night as this is a very rich cream.