Our clean ingredient focus this month is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) [Pronounced: hi-ya-lu-ron-ik]. For those not familiar, just the name may sound pretty scary - the idea of putting acid on your face could be! But this isn’t exactly the kind of burning acid that we are used to thinking of. This ingredient actually has tons of great benefits for the skin as you will discover by the end of this article. So If you have been searching for great skin care products for moisture retention, anti-aging, or brightening and toning benefits, read on.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is actually a carbohydrate molecule. It is found naturally in the body already, where it actually acts as a lubricant in the joints. It is also found in the eyes, in the internal fluids, and in the skin. Scientists uncovered its existence in 1934, but it didn’t really become part of the beauty industry until 2010. During this year, the natural humectant was found to do all sorts of amazing things for the skin, and so it started making its way into more and more products.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Some of the key benefits of hyaluronic acid include better skin hydration, fewer wrinkles, better elasticity just to name a few. You’ll find that this ingredient can actually help the skin hold on to moisture longer – in fact, just one hyaluronic acid molecule holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, and that is not a typo! This ingredient also helps to reduce the appearance of aging, like discoloration and sagginess. It helps to tone and firm up the skin. This awesome ingredient also creates a barrier that protects the skin from getting infections, which can help prevent acne breakouts. And what’s more, it also helps reduce inflammation and boost healing, so even better news for acne sufferers.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid in Skin Care Products?
The reason that hyaluronic acid can provide all of these key benefits is due to the way the chemical compound is arranged. It allows the body to hold onto water but doesn’t create a greasy film, which is why this is such a powerful ingredient – it can moisturize any skin type, from dry to oily. It actually doesn’t get absorbed into your skin at all, rather it sits on the top layer of the skin and helps hold water to the skin, which the skin can then absorb on its own.
Hyaluronic Acid and Other Ingredients
Hyaluronic acid is often found in serums with vitamin C because it helps to really promote anti-aging benefits. The combined duo of vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid can really help the skin produce more collagen resulting in fuller moisturized skin helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This ingredient is also frequently combined with another acid called alpha hydroxyl acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin for a brighter look. While the hydroxyl works to exfoliate, the hyaluronic acid kicks in the its moisturizing benefits to provide a total all-over treatment.
Are There Any Negative Side Effects to Using This Ingredient?
Actually no; there are no studies that have ever shown a significant negative reaction to hyaluronic acid – remember, it’s something that is already in your body! However, everyone’s skin is different, and some very sensitive skin types may not be able to use products with hyaluronic acid in them, so take caution and test a very small amount of any product that may contain this ingredient if you have sensitive skin to ensure you don’t have a reaction.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid in Your Skin Care Routine
When you first start using hyaluronic acid, it’s a good idea to apply it just once per day to test your skin’s reaction. Once you know it is safe with your skin type, it can be used twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. You should apply this product before any heavy moisturizers or oils because it is a lightweight product.
While this clean ingredient can benefit skin conditions of all types and ages, the longer the use, the more benefits one would expect to achieve. So you don’t have to wait to actually see signs of aging before considering using products that contain Hyaluronic acid. You can make a big difference in your body’s production of this natural anti-aging product just by using it early and for longer periods of time.
Which Soma Naturals Products Have This Super Ingredient?
If the benefits of adopting Hyaluronic acid sound good to you, and you’re interested in taking a closer look at a few products that contain this moisture master, we have a few suggestions. One of our newer brands French Girl Organics makes a priming serum that contains HA and has received some rave reviews, check it out here. Another is a moisturizer from Rutz Skincare, called lighten-up that can be found here. If you’re looking for a lighter pick me up, check out Teadora’s facial mist, found here.
These are just a few of the products that feature moisture-retaining ingredients including hyaluronic acid that can easily be incorporated into any skincare routine. As with any skincare product, trying out different options is the key to finding the ones that will fit your skin type best, and more importantly, to have alternatives that you can rotate through to keep things fresh.
Tips for Using Hyaluronic Acid
Some quick tips for adding this to your skin care routine: Be sure to choose a product with 1% or more of hyaluronic acid, and try using a serum for extra dry skin. Be sure to allow this ingredient to dry on the surface of the skin before you follow with any sort of lotion or other products to maximize the benefits of HA.
Now that wasn’t so scary after all was it! Be sure to try out products with Hyaluronic acid, your skin will love you for it.