hyaluronic acid
Ingredients

Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

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July 15, 2020

Keep your skin hydrated with some sugar [molecules]!

Compared to aloe vera or tea tree oil, hyaluronic acid is a fairly recent discovery in skincare. But that doesn’t mean it’s new, per se — because it’s literally right on our skin from the day we were born!

Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide, i.e. a large sugar molecule, that’s naturally-occurring on our skin, responsible for holding water and retaining moisture.

As we age, however, our bodies produce less and less of this substance, which in turn reduces the skin’s capacity to keep itself hydrated. So it’s definitely a good thing that hyaluronic acid isn’t exclusively produced by the human body — plants have it, too! Through fermentation, purification, and precipitation, the substance is extracted from these sources and used for all sorts of skincare products like moisturizers, serums, masks, and so on.

Here are the reasons why hyaluronic acid is an essential ingredient for skincare:

It’s a powerful humectant

A humectant is a substance that keeps skin moist by drawing and holding water, and hyaluronic acid can hold up to 500 times its own weight! This brings to and retains moisture on the surface of the skin, making it look and feel supple.

It prevents excess oil production

Harsh or excessive cleansing can strip the skin of its moisture, prompting the oil glands produce more oil/sebum to address the resulting dryness — and we all know that causes acne! This is actually why hyaluronic acid is also commonly found in acne treatments even though it doesn’t directly “fight” acne the same way as, say, benzoyl peroxide.

It helps promote skin cell regeneration

When the skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, it won’t be busy trying to draw water or producing more oil, so It’s free to focus on the vital function of cell regeneration.

It slows down skin aging

Hyaluronic acid’s moisture retention function gives our skin its plumpness and elasticity, which not only makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible, but also gives the skin a fresh, dewy, and youthful glow.

Adverse reactions are extremely unlikely

Since hyaluronic acid is naturally-occurring in our skin anyway, allergic reactions to its use are close to impossible. This makes it one of the safest skincare ingredients around!

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