In terms of skincare, you’ve most likely heard of the wonders of hyaluronic acid in creating youthful skin. It’s a naturally-occurring substance that is present in your skin and keeps it looking hydrated, smooth, and youthful. After a certain age, the production decreases substantially, and our skin starts looking older.
What is hyaluronic acid?
In opposite to what the name suggests, hyaluronic acid is not an acid with peeling properties. The only reason it is called an "acid" is due to the low PH. Based on the role it plays it’s actually a humectant. What's a humectant? It's a substance that retains moisture and it is capable of binding over one thousand times its weight in water. When applied topically to the skin, larger hyaluronic acid molecules stay on top of the skin offering hydration at the surface. Smaller penetrate deeper into the skin delivering hydration to the epidermis. When we age, the moisture slowly dissipates and when our skin is dry, wrinkles and fine lines are more apparent. The more hydrated our skin is, the plumper it looks and the younger it seems. Having skincare products containing hyaluronic acid helps the skin be more hydrated and therefore more youthful.
Benefits of using hyaluronic acid
There are many benefits to using skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid, including:
- Hydrated skin
- Smoother skin & improved texture
- Clearer skin
- Reduces age spots and pigmentation
- More vibrant complexion
- Offers barrier protection of skin
- Reduces visibility of wrinkles and fine lines
The science behind hyaluronic acid
Research proves that hyaluronic acid truly does have anti-aging properties and that it’s due to increased collagen production, as well as elastin production, increased hydration, and more (Bukhari, Syed Nasir Abbas et al., 2018). Additionally, it shows that it absolutely does decrease wrinkles, improves skin tightness and elasticity, as well as helps the skin look overall much younger (Bukhari, Syed Nasir Abbas et al., 2018).
Additionally, it is concluded that because of hyaluronic acid’s unique capability of attracting and retaining water, youthful-looking skin is achieved (Papakonstantinou, Eleni, et al., 2012). It is explained in several studies that what creates ageless skin is its resilience and pliability due to high water content, and that as we age, this capability to retain water diminishes (Papakonstantinou, Eleni, et al., 2012).
Who can use hyaluronic acid and how often?
Hyaluronic acid is a great anti-aging ingredient found in creams that suits those with dry, acne-prone, and sensitive skin. If you do have exceptionally sensitive skin, consider doing a patch test on your skin before using it consistently.
In what form should hyaluronic acid be used?
When using hyaluronic acid on your skin, it’s best to use it in a serum, or a moisturizer. Ideally, your facial product would contain 1-2% or more of the ingredient for maximum effectiveness. Typically, you will feel a difference after the first time applying, however, if you use it consistently for weeks, you’ll notice a visible difference.
What you should know about hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is probably one of the safest anti-aging ingredients in skincare. Almost all skin types do well with it, it is always recommended to do a patch test before using any product on your face, especially a product that you have purchased for the first time.
Our Blue Marine moisturizing and anti-aging face cream features hyaluronic acid. The cream is packed with antioxidants and collagen production promoting ingredients. It offers prolonged skin hydration and protection from external stress and environmental exposure. The formula captures the best anti-aging marine ingredients such as Irish moss extract, Marine Algae and Blue Spirulina that are paired with powerful humectant properties of the hyaluronic acid and occlusive properties of organic oils, to provide your skin with an energy boost, instant skin plumpness and deep hydration.
Bukhari, Syed Nasir Abbas et al. “Hyaluronic acid, a promising skin rejuvenating biomedicine: A review of recent updates and pre-clinical and clinical investigations on cosmetic and nutricosmetic effects.” International journal of biological macromolecules vol. 120,Pt B (2018): 1682-1695. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2018.09.188
Papakonstantinou, Eleni, et al. “Hyaluronic Acid: A Key Molecule in Skin Aging.” Dermato-Endocrinology, vol. 4, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 253–258, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/, 10.4161/derm.21923.