What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Don’t let the name scare you. Hyaluronic acid is not acid per se. It’s a gel like substance that is recommended by beauty gurus because of its fantastic skincare benefits. We actually produce it naturally in our bodies as well and it works to keep our skin moist amongst several other benefits.
However, the natural supply starts to dwindle as we age. The result? Skin starts getting drier and more wrinkled as the years pass. So, if you want to ensure your skin remains well-hydrated no matter what age you are, choose skincare products that contain this ingredient. Here are some in-depth hyaluronic acid skin benefits they don’t tell you about:
1. It Is a Humectant
Humectants can be found in a lot of skin care products for a reason. Hyaluronic acid is one and it acts like a sponge when it is applied. In other words, it holds onto moisture by stimulating hydrogen bonding to attract and retain water.
After penetrating the top layer of our skin called the epidermis, hyaluronic acid continues to draw in more moisture from the environment like a magnet. In other words, you can walk around without worrying that your skin is drying up if this ingredient is part of your skin care regime. Eye gels that contain this ingredient for instance, prevent fine lines from forming around the eyes by keeping the skin around them soft.
2. It Tightens the Skin
Saggy skin can make you look older than you really are. This happens when the elastin in our skin starts to break down and it loses its bounce. Check the skin on the back of your hand to see if it is true for you. Just pinch it and let it go. If your skin snaps back immediately, that means you’re good. If it takes its time to settle back, that means your skin is dehydrated or has lost a lot of elastin.
While hyaluronic acid cannot act as a replacement for elastin, it can tighten up the skin just as well for a small period of time. It does that by hydrating skin which also evens out skin tone by reducing blemishes thus making the skin look more youthful. Of course, you need to replenish the supply regularly with skincare products that contain it such as our anti-aging facial cream to get consistent benefits.
Needless to say hyaluronic acid skin benefits are undeniable and one of the main reasons why it is a key ingredient in organic beauty products from face masks to eye serums. To maximize its hydrating benefits, choose a cream that can suit your skin tone and type like the ones we have available here at Naturbon.