What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do to Your Skin?Author : Iulia Claudia Dumitru
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a substance naturally produced by the human body. The biggest amounts of hyaluronic acid are found in the skin, connective tissue and eyes. Hyaluronic acid is “designed” to retain water and moisture in the tissues, to keep them hydrated and well lubricated. You can guess why your skin really needs it, right?
Hyaluronic acid has a variety of uses. And when it comes to skin care, this clear, gooey substance makes your complexion look and feel rejuvenated, plump, healthy and balanced. Discover the how and the why!
Hyaluronic acid is a main component of your face’s connective tissues, a polysaccharide molecule. Surely, this doesn’t clear things up! And while hyaluronic acid doesn’t quite sound like something we’d want to put on our faces, we really, really should! We know the name is quite scary, especially if you haven’t heard of hyaluronic acid’s amazing benefits! But this compound is actually the key to a healthy skin and a wonderful complexion. Hyaluronic acid is the solution for a flawless skin and today we aim to prove so!
Are you looking to replenish your skin? Are you trying to make your skin smooth and soft again? Are you trying to keep the dermis balanced and properly nourished? Are you on the lookout for the marvel-ingredient to transform your dull, tired skin? Well, the secret is already in your skin, you just need to boost it! Hyaluronic acid is produced by the human skin in order to maintain its moisture. So, why do we need it, if it’s already there? Well, old age, what else?
Our own skin holds the key to its beauty and health. Also, our own biology holds the key to losing the beauty and health as we grow older. Ageing and environmental aggressors contribute to the decrease in the level of hyaluronic acid, hence we get skin sensitivity and dullness, we notice fine lines and an uneven tone and we are left with a not so smooth and fresh skin texture. You get the idea, right? That is why we must replenish the skin with this important ingredient!
Your skin and its relationship with hyaluronic acid
If the skin is sufficiently hydrated, it has a soft texture, it looks plump, radiant and glowing. Another great thing that happens when the skin is properly taken care of and moisturized is the lack of fine lines and wrinkles. Cue to hyaluronic acid, the perfect ingredient to offer your skin all that! To all skin types, for that matter. Yes, even to extra-dry skin and even to sensitive or acne-prone skin or oily complexions.
Since the skin already contains this ingredient, the chances of it causing irritation or inflammation are minimal. Au contraire, you’ll be seeing amazing results, since:
- Hyaluronic acid has antioxidant benefits, shielding the skin from external damage and oxidative stress and diminishing signs of sunlight exposure on your skin.
- Hyaluronic acid fights ageing, combating the loss of moisture that happens as we grow older and boosting the skin’s firmness and freshness.
- Hyaluronic acid replenishes the skin, making it look firm, smooth and diminishing uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Hello, glow! And dare we say: Good-bye, Insta-filters!
How to use hyaluronic acid
To get the best results, make sure to use hyaluronic acid regularly. Incorporate it in your beauty routine, in the morning and at night, as well. Make sure to follow it with a moisturizing agent, in order to enhance skin hydration, since hyaluronic acid will keep moisture sealed-in the skin.
What does hyaluronic acid do for your skin?
Hyaluronic acid works as a magnet for moisture, helping skin cells to retain as much of it as possible. It’s why after using a skin care product that contains this substance your skin feels instantly hydrated, dewy, plump and healthy.
Hyaluronic acid not only helps the skin retain moisture, but it also gives it resilience and firmness. After all, it’s no wonder it gets injected into the deeper layers of the skin to help restore volume and rejuvenate! Now, we’re not going to suggest a torture treatment when there are other treatments available with great results and no trauma, such as WOW Vitamin C Facewash.
This treatment contains powerful antioxidants and melanin blockers to ensure bright, light skin that always looks fresh. It has a gentle exfoliating action that helps in removing the layer of dead skin cells, which dull the complexion. It helps reveal the bright layers of skin, boosts collagen production and enables the skin products to get absorbed quickly. This product harnesses the power of aloe, mulberry, liquorice, vitamin C, lemon essential oil and hyaluronic acid, that, while retaining moisture in the skin, also helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrated skin also leads to smoother and plumper skin cells.
Hyaluronic acid is also an active ingredient of our WOW Aloe Vera skin care products:
And you can also find it our hand creams. Check out this WOW Hand Cream Kit with three different lotions, all with unique qualities that deliver softer, smoother skin!
Why should you use hyaluronic acid on your skin: the science behind it
Hyaluronic acid promotes healthier, suppler skin
Hyaluronic acid based products can help your skin look and feel suppler. That’s because HA binds to water to help retain moisture. When your skin is hydrated, wrinkles are faded and so is sagging skin. Using hyaluronic acid actually makes the skin smooth and replenished, which means this remedy works best for mature skin. Extra info: it also works for dermatitis and skin inflammations, since it soothes redness and heals dry skin.
Hyaluronic acid can speed wound healing
Hyaluronic acid plays a key role in wound healing by regulating inflammation levels and boosting the body’s ability to build more blood vessels in the damaged area. Applying HA to skin wounds decreases pain faster, not only speeds up healing. Hyaluronic acid also has antibacterial properties and it diminishes the risk of infection when used on open wounds. Extra info: it also works on gum disease, speeding up healing after tooth surgery and eliminating ulcers in the mouth.
Hyaluronic acid has amazing anti-ageing benefits
As we’ve established, HA begins to lessen as we age. That is why cell renewal and turnover get sluggish. And that is why the skin gets fine lines, sagging and wrinkles. And that is why we can combat this by using hyaluronic acid topically. Incorporating hyaluronic acid into your anti-ageing skincare routine will help you maintain the healthy, young glow you desire. HA boosts skin elasticity and makes its texture feel smooth and plump. This ingredient is the key to keeping your skin supple, firm and toned while you age.
Hyaluronic acid helps restore dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles and it tends to look dull. It can feel rough, tight and it is more sensitive to the action of chemicals and environmental changes. This is where HA comes in! Hyaluronic acid has the ability to keep moisture on lock-down, and the great thing is it works on all skin types!
Hyaluronic acid helps you obtain a youthful skin, with an even skin tone
Since it contains antioxidants that fight inflammation, hyaluronic acid is one of the best solutions to reduce scarring, sun spots and age spots and other hyper pigmentary traces left on your skin. It doesn’t do so by removing dead skin cells build-up so, don’t count on it as an exfoliant, but merely as a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound.
Hyaluronic acid boosts your skin’s health by boosting protection
HA improves the skin’s protective barrier, by replenishing its moisture. The thing is, when the skin is dry, its surface is more vulnerable to damage infections from pathogens. HA actually strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, making the skin stronger and healthier. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, HA supports the skin’s healing and repairing ability, keeping pathogens out! Make sure to incorporate this ingredient into your routine especially if you have dry or eczema-prone skin, in order to recover its health.
Hyaluronic acid fights off free radicals
HA gives your skin antioxidant defense to fight UV damage. This is extremely important since free radicals can break down collagen and elastin in the skin, a process that leads to sagging and wrinkling.