Hyaluronic Acid - discover one of the top skin care ingredient
Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in our skin. HA occurs naturally in our body and almost half of this amount occurs in the layers of our skin. What makes HA such an important skincare ingredient?
In our youth, we have Hyaluronic acid in abundance, and it plays a leading role in the firmness and plumpness of our skin. As we age, the natural production of Hyaluronic acid slows down, so our complexion not only becomes drier and more lacklustre, but that lack of moisture also translates to a loss of firmness. Our lifestyle can affect the amount of HA in our skin. Exposure to things like ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke and pollution can decrease its amounts in the skin.
How does hyaluronic acid work as a skincare ingredient?
If you want to boost the level of Hyaluronic acid in tour skin - add it to your daily skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid is like a sponge – it can hold large amounts of water and so makes skin look temporarily plumper. It's crucial to know that most HA molecules that we can find in skincare products are too big to get down to the dermis (the deeper layer of your skin where wrinkles form), so it sits on the surface and acts as a temporary barrier boost. Molecular weight is a key when it comes to HA– not only does it determine whether the Hyaluronic acid sits on the skin's surface or penetrates to the subcutaneous layers, studies have shown that very low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can actually increase inflammation.
Why the skin is dry after using skincare products with Hyaluronic Acid?
As we mentioned before - molecules of HA are too big to penetrate the layers of the skin. After applying Hyaluronic Acid to our skin, it will naturally draw moisture from the deeper layers of the skin before it evaporates from the skin's surface. The drying effect is more common if there's a lack of humidity (or moisture) in the air, but it can also happen if you already have dry skin. The key step while using HA in our routine us to apply a more occlusive product, such as facial oil on the top of HA.
If you want to include a Hyaluronic Acid in your daily skin routine remember to choose good quality products and add extra occlusive products to make sure your skin won't get dryer.
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