Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid
Many skincare enthusiasts are loving hyaluronic acid recently, and it has been popular as a hero ingredient especially for its anti-aging benefits and more! Whether you may be a huge fan of it or a newbie, still wondering if you should add it to your skincare routine, here’s a what, how, and why cheat sheet for hyaluronic acid!
What is Hyaluronic Acid (HA)?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA), aka hyaluronan, is a jelly-like substance that can be found naturally in our body. Sad but true—the more we age, the lower are the levels of naturally occurring HA in our skin and tissues, particularly after the age of 40. Frankly, this leads to a huge loss of skin structure, resulting in signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Even though you may not be able to restore the original levels of HA in your skin, generous application of it can help replenish your skin in terms of deep hydration, balancing, and protecting from external skin damages. In other words, hyaluronic acid is the holy grail to wrinkle-free, youthful skin.
How is HA used in skincare products?
In skincare products, Sodium Hyaluronate, a salt form derived from hyaluronic acid, is used because the molecules of pure HA are too large to be absorbed by the skin. Delivering the same benefits, the smaller Sodium Hyaluronate molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an effective moisturizer for the skin. As a great humectant, HA helps retain skin moisture, firmness, and elasticity while fighting free radicals that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Great for all skin types, HA can be found in many skincare products like toner, essence, moisturizer, and more. To incorporate HA into your daily skincare routine, we recommend the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Special Trial Kit, which contains moisturizing favorites to try out.
Why should you add HA to your skincare routine?
This ever-so-trendy powerhouse ingredient is mostly known for its water-binding abilities and is also capable of so much more. A powerful yet gentle ingredient, it is suitable for all skin types — even those who have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts. Simply apply your hyaluronic acid every day! You will see why HA skincare products are getting a lot of attention and so popular in the skincare market vividly.
- Promotes healthier, smoother, more supple skin
- Deeply moisturizes and nourishes skin
- Increases skin elasticity and texture
- Treats facial irritation and redness
- Anti-aging and Anti-wrinkles
- Achieves more radiant, youthful skin look
Apart from being such an effective hydrator, studies have also found that it does wonders for healing wounds, too! HA also comes in the form of an injectable version. But for this purpose, you should only go to a certified dermatologist.