You’ve probably heard the term “hyaluronic acid” floating around skincare these days.
You might be thinking if it’s safe or not for your skin or if there are any hyaluronic acid side effects you should be aware of.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
As we age, our skin doesn’t maintain moisture as well as it used to. Babies are born with lots of hyaluronic acid in their skin, which is why it’s so soft!
When our skin loses its suppleness, it starts to sag and fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent (thanks, gravity!)
Diminishes Wrinkles – Applying hyaluronic acid on your face plumps up the skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Picture the smoothness of a juicy grape compared to a raisin. (Not to say that your face looks like a raisin, of course!)
Firms and Tones – When your skin is supple and hydrated, it plumps up to appear firmer, less saggy, and more toned.
HA restores skin’s moisture to temporarily turn back the clock and give your skin some oomph and youthful rejuvenation!
Improves Protective Barrier – When your skin is dry, its surface is more vulnerable to damage and even infection getting through.
By providing your skin’s outer layers from the environment with rich moisture, HA actually strengthens your skin’s protective barrier to give you stronger, healthier skin. It’s like repairing your skin’s armor!
Supports Healing – Likewise, HA supports your skin’s healing and repairing ability by giving skin-soothing moisture and anti-inflammatory properties.
Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group, even recommends hyaluronic acid for people with dry or eczema-prone skin, or to help skin recover post-procedure (following a chemical peel, laser treatment, or resurfacing).
Antioxidant Defense – HA even gives your skin antioxidant defense to fight UV damage. This is important since free radicals can break down collagen and elastin to age our skin and make wrinkles and sagging more apparent.
What are the Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Serum?
The hyaluronic acid serum is the main component of your face’s connective tissues, a polysaccharide molecule that encompasses calls in a gelatin type of surrounding. It binds moisture to the skin on your face, keeping your skin ultra moisturized all day long, which means you have less wrinkles over time.
If you want to get the most out of your HA usage, I would recommend a hyaluronic acid serum, especially if you have dry skin.
Serums typically have a thinner consistency and a more potent concentration of ingredients to deliver great results.
When using a serum, wait at least 15 minutes after applying for the serum to completely absorb into the skin before moving to the next step in your routine.
Pro tip: Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid pair great together for an anti-aging routine. It boosts collagen production, diminishes dark spots, AND fights signs of aging!
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Serum Do?
Hyaluronic acid serum aka hyaluronan, is a carbohydrate molecule that is naturally occurring in our bodies and it provides lubrication to the connective tissues of our joints and skin.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer
Another great way to get the benefits of hyaluronic acid is to use a moisturizer that includes HA to pack a hydration punch.
You can even double up by using both a serum and lotion that feature HA!
Hyaluronic acid is super easy to add to your skincare routine! Check your products’ ingredient lists. You may be surprised to find you’re already using it somewhere in your skincare!