Hyaluronic acid is a super important addition to your daily skin routine. Hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate your skin and gives it a youthful bounce. Plus, it even has some anti-aging benefits, prevents breakouts, and even helps to heal wounds.
This article contains everything you need to know about the role of hyaluronic acid in hydrating your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid in Our Skin
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that is naturally present in our skin. It helps to bind collagen to water and traps it inside the skin. This helps to give our skin a very plump, dewy, and hydrated look. Overall, the primary function of hyaluronic acid in our skin is to boost hydration.
Does Hyaluronic Acid Decrease as We Age?
As we age, we start to lose hyaluronic acid and collagen which causes our skin to get dehydrated more easily. Moreover, harsh weather conditions, heaters during the winter season, some specific skincare products, and pre-existing skin problems can even result in tiny breaks in the skin’s protective barrier. This causes the water to escape from the surface of the skin.
Sources of Hyaluronic Acid as an Ingredient in Cosmetics
Now that you know hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies, you must be thinking how this ingredient is used in skincare and cosmetic products.
Hyaluronic acid can be derived from two primary sources – plants and animals.
Plant-Based Hyaluronic Acid is derived from microbial fermentation (Liu, 2011). In simple words, a bacterial strain that naturally contains Hyaluronic acid is fermented to produce the perfect molecular weight for skincare use.
Animal-Based Hyaluronic Acid comes from the combs of roosters i.e. the red fleshy part at the top of a rooster’s head. Like humans, several other animals also have hyaluronic acid present in their bodies.
The good news for animal lovers is that plant-based hyaluronic acid is the most popular source of hyaluronic acid.
Even though the quality of hyaluronic acid is dependent on its form and purpose of usage, it’s molecular structure is always of sugar with hygroscopic (water-attracting and retaining) properties.
Which Skin Types Can Benefit from Hyaluronic Acid in Their Skincare Routines?
Hyaluronic acid is perfect for every skin type be it oily or sensitive. In general, hyaluronic acid doesn’t irritate the skin and neither does it trigger rosacea, acne, or any other skin problem.
Typically, people with more mature skin and/or dry skin get the most advantage of using hyaluronic acid. As mentioned above, when we age, our bodies produce less of it. Therefore, supplementing skin with topical application of hyaluronic acid can make a major difference for those who are middle-aged or older.
Even though the hyaluronic acid has “acid” in its name, there’s no reason for people with sensitive skin to worry about it. There no known side effect of using hyaluronic acid, because again, it is produced and found naturally in our bodies.
In case, you do experience any side effect from a product that contains hyaluronic acid, speak to your doctor about it. It’s highly likely that it’s not hyaluronic acid that’s causing the reaction but some other active or inactive component.
Which Beauty Products Contain Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is typically found in serums, moisturizers, toners, sheet masks, and day and night creams.
Now that you know all about the amazing hyaluronic acid, make sure to include it in your skincare routine to get the ultimate plump and hydrated skin!
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