2018 was definitely the year of Hyaluronic Acid! However, I’m sure some people still don’t know what it is, why we use it and the benefits. Keep reading to find out more.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid, also known as HA, is known by many as a hero ingredient. HA is a powerful moisture-binding ingredient which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. It’s naturally found in the human body, mainly in our joints and eyes. Moreover, HA works as a magnet for moisture, which helps your cells retain as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears hydrated and healthy. Unfortunately, HA gradually reduces over time which can lead to texture, fine lines and dullness.
What HA is not?
HA is a humectant, which means it draws water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss. However, it is NOT a miracle anti-aging (ugh, strongly dislike that term but that’s for another blog post) product. Unlike, Retin-A, which penetrates the skin and simulates collagen; HA does not. It may moisturise your skin but it’s not a miracle worker.
Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate
HA and Sodium Hyaluronate are often used as synonyms in the skincare world, but they’re a bit different. Sodium hyaluronate is the water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid created by scientists to decrease the chances of oxidisation and increase stability. Many choose to use sodium hyaluronate in skincare products because the molecule is much smaller than in HA. This allows it to more easily penetrate the skin.
Topical Forms and When to Use?
You can find HA in masks, toners eye creams, moisturisers, primers, the list goes on. HA is most commonly used as a serum, this topical form is said to be the most potent. Some researchers say that anything over 2% is too much for the skin and may even dehydrate your skin. Since water-binding ingredients can’t draw moisture from the environment they begin to pull moisture out of your skin.
However, don’t be too scared! If you’re currently using HA and it works for you, keep using it. Nevertheless, if your skin begins to feel dryer than moisturised, I suggest discontinuing use.
For those with oilier skin types whose skin can’t handle thicker serums, this might just work for you. For other skin types, such as hydrated and dry, HA can act as a carrier for other thicker products, so it is recommended to be applied before thicker serums, moisturisers and facial oils. Moreover, the gentleness in lower concentrations of HA allows it to be used both day and night.
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