So what exactly is hyaluronic acid? In the most basic form, it is a sugar that helps attract and hold water. It is found in our joint synovial fluid, the gel-like substance that lubricates our joints and helps cushion them. It is also found in abundance in our skin.
First, let’s start by defining how natural hyaluronic acid works in our skin. It is a major component of our skin and is actively involved in skin repair; for example, after a sunburn or other skin injury, hyaluronic acid is one of the key players of facilitating the recovery and healing of our skin. It even has antibacterial properties!
There are lots of skincare products on the market that contain hylauronic acid. So let’s talk a little more about the role that these products play in our skin health and skin care routine.
- Hyaluronic acid-containing products help attract and retain water in your skin. The result of this is increased skin hydration. Hydrated skin is healthier and will function more optimally compared to dehydrated skin. Side note: remember to distinguish hydrated skin versus moisturized skin. Moisturizers, such as creams or oils, help address dry skin and seal the skin and lock in hydration as opposed to hydrators, such as hyaluronic acid, which actually bring water into the skin.
- Hydrated skin is firmer and more resilient than brittle, dehydrated skin.
- Hyaluronic acid produces a smoother texture in your skin.
- By plumping up your your skin, hyaluronic acid decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Oil production in your skin is better regulated when your skin is well-hydrated. Therefore, using hyaluronic acid in your skin care regimen can help your skin stay clearer.
- Applying hyaluronic acid first can increase the penetration of the products that you apply subsequently. This can be beneficial when you are aiming for that increased absorption but can also increase the side effects of certain skin care products such as retinoids or antioxidant serums.