So what exactly is the stuff? And why do you want it?
Hyaluronic acid may not be the newest or flashiest ingredient out there, but it’s tried and true and seriously good for your skin. First off, don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite—a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. It is packed with benefits, and can benefit all skin types, especially skin showing signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body.
So why is hyaluronic acid such a big deal?
The magic of this ingredient lies in its ability to retain moisture; it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer. Hyaluronic acid is worth its weight in water. In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters of water (International Journal of Toxicology, July/August 2009)!
This is important with regard to aging because one of the hallmarks of youthful skin is its moisture content. As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and pliability (Dermatoendorocronology, 2012). Hyaluronic acid can improve your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen skin’s barrier; that is, the outer layers of your skin. A healthy barrier looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper—all hallmarks of younger-looking skin! But, with hyaluronic acid, that’s not all you get—there are many additional benefits beyond just a more youthful appearance.
We know that just about everything, from sun damage and acne to sensitive skin and rosacea, can lead to a damaged barrier, so repairing skin’s barrier with skin-identical ingredients, like hyaluronic acid can go a long way toward fixing, or at least minimizing, those issues, which means it’s helpful for all skin types. Its lightweight texture isn’t an issue for oily skin, and it’s gentle enough that it isn’t a problem for sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid is also safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Even better: Hyaluronic acid also provides antioxidant defense against free-radical damage, and reduces inflammation (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2012 & Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2012). Now that’s what we call a multitasking anti-aging ingredient!
For hyaluronic acid to penetrate beneath skin’s surface, it must be bioengineered to have a much lower molecular weight. Some brands (like H&H Skin Science) do this; others don’t; and still others won’t tell you if they do or not, leaving you to guess.
Adding Hyaluronic Acid to Your Routine
Most products containing hyaluronic acid fall into the moisturizer or serum category. The important thing to keep in mind is that even if a product does contain hyaluronic acid, you must pay attention to the other ingredients as well. So, as we say many, many times, steer clear of irritating fragrance ingredients, chemical parabens, drying alcohols, and fragrant plant oils that could undo the great work hyaluronic acid can do for your skin!
Our H&H Skin Science Skin Quench Hydrating Serum is medical grade product that is supercharged with a high dose of hyaluronic acid and contains medical grade antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals to hydrate and fight the signs of aging. It contains superior delivery systems to ensure that all of these ingredients penetrate deep into the lower level of the skin. This is where they need to go in order to be effective and not all products contain effective delivery systems. If you have a product that has hyaluronic acid in it but does not contain an effective delivery system that allows the hyaluronic acid to penetrate the skin, you will not receive any of the benefits of the hyaluronic acid.
If you’ve already found your perfect moisturizer like our H&H Science Super Rich Moisturizer, and want to add hyaluronic acid to your moisturizer, you can always use a product like H&H Skin Science’s Skin Quench Hydrating Serum over top of your moisturizer for an extra boost of wrinkle-smoothing hydration and plumping of fine lines!
Hyaluronic Acid Benefits
Hyaluronic acid adds moisture to the skin and helps it retain moisture from skin’s uppermost layers down to its dermis layer. This allows for the temporary plumping of wrinkles and fine lines. Adding moisture to the skin always does that, but these ingredients supercharge the process.
Applying hyaluronic acid daily can improve the appearance of fine lines, promote younger-looking skin, and help create a healthy skin barrier that can address a number of skin concerns. When these ingredients are combined with an anti-aging skin care regimen that includes the essentials in our H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid, your skin will stay younger looking longer.