Hyaluronic acid the game changing ingredient
Hyaluronic acid The game changing ingredient, Hyaluronic acid is the most hyped ingredient in the skincare industry right now. If you’re a even a bit into skincare, you would have heard the name for sure! Multiple brands have launched their hyaluronic acid serums, moisturizers and even cleansers. The question is that is it worth it? Is it actually that good that everyone is getting nuts about it? Well, I’m sure at the end of this article we’ll get our answer.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid aka HA is basically a humectant just like the og aloe vera, glycerin and honey. So what makes it so different? This super hydrater ingredient can hold water upto 1000× it’s weight! Apart from that it is also present in our body naturally, the amount of which keeps declining with increasing age and that’s why providing HA to your skin externally makes it plump and wrinkle free.
Types of hyaluronic acid
• High moleculer weight Hyaluronic Acid: The most common type of hyaluronic acid used in the skincare industry. This form is supposed to hydrate the uppermost layer of your skin.
• Low molecular weight Hyaluronic acid: This form is smaller is size due to which it penetrates into deeper layers of skin, hydrating it from within and making it plump.
• Sodium hyaluronate: The formulation is a bit different but works the same as the high moleculer weight Hyaluronic acid.
How to use Hyaluronic acid in order to get the best results?
• Hyaluronic acid draws water from deeper layers of your skin to hydrate the upper ones, so apparently it can dehydrate the inner layers of your skin. In order to avoid that you always have to apply some water (even if it’s just 2-3 drops) before applying your HA serum so that it can retain that water and avoid pulling it from deeper layers of your skin.
• Hyaluronic acid does hydrate your skin, but in order to retain that hydration you always, always have to top it up with a moisturizer, preferably a ceramide one so that the hydration can be locked in.
• Best hyaluronic acid products to use are the ones that have 1.5 -2 percent hyaluronic acid.
• If you are going to incorporate it into your routine serums and moisturizer are it’s best and most effective forms. You can also use sheet masks. HA cleansers are not that effective though.
Benefits of Hyaluronic acid
• It hydrates the skin
• Maintains the right amount of moisturize
• Plumps your skin
• Prevents aging
• Minimizes wrinkles
Does Hyaluronic acid have any side effects?
No, it doesn’t. It does not irritate your skin or makes it more sensitive. Hyaluronic acid is just pure bliss. This is exactly what makes it the most used active in the skincare industry. It is the safest to use and the most beginner friendly active ingredient that you can incorporate into your routine. It is safe to use every single day!
So what do you think? Is the super hydrating hyaluronic acid worth the hype? For me, it is a yes!