So, have you heard of Hyaluronic Acid? It’s an ingredient that’s been popping up in a variety of skincare and cosmetic products. Here’s a brief description of what it is and what it can do for your skin.
Hyaluronic acid (also referred to as hyaluronan and hyaluronate) is a naturally occurring substance, present in our joints, eyes, and yes – skin. Over time, our own supply of it diminishes. For use in beauty products, as well as medical applications, the substance is extracted from the comb of roosters or manufactured in a lab. Hyaluronic acid has a viscous texture, making it useful as a lubricant for joints and eyes. (Source: Web MD)
As the main ingredient of the popular cosmetic fillers, Juvederm and Restylane, hyaluronic acid is terrific for filling in fine lines and wrinkles when strategically injected. (Source: Mayo Clinic) When it is applied topically, the molecules are too large to penetrate the skin effectively. It’s been touted as the “fountain of youth” but it hasn’t been proven to reverse the effects of aging. (Source: LA Times) For wrinkle treatment, retinols and peptides are still your best bet. However, hyaluronic does have an immediate hydrating effect on thirsty skin.
Hyaluronic acid works by binding to moisture. In fact, according to Hyalogic.com, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. I’ve tried it and I find it to be a wonderful, plumping moisturizer. Even if the effects are temporary, I find them to be fairly dramatic. My skin looks younger, fuller, and more hydrated after applying it.
Want to give it a try? Visit my slideshow to learn about 20 amazing products containing hyaluronic acid.