Nothing appears more youthful than plump, bouncy skin. Sadly, the more birthdays we celebrate, the more volume we lose in our skin, making us appear tired and worn – not ideal!
Why we love hyaluronic acid
We come bearing good news for those of you who are looking to bring a little fullness back into your face. Did you know that hyaluronic acid is actually what holds the key to smooth, glowing and hydrated skin? The name might sound abrasive but it’s not an ‘acid’ in the traditional skincare sense. Hyaluronic acid is a gentle and naturally-occurring hydrating agent which works to restore the skin’s moisture content and defend it against moisture loss. Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases as we get older.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid’s main power move – and the reason it’s gained so much attention in the skincare world – is its amazing ability to deliver lasting hydration to the skin. What’s amazing about it is that it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture – sounds impressive doesn’t it?
It works by acting as a magnet for moisture to help our cells hold onto as much water as possible. One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water! This is important because when our skin loses its suppleness, it starts to sag, and fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent (thanks, gravity!) It also revitalizes skin’s outer surface layers, so they look and feel softer, smoother and radiantly hydrated. This instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and this is why it is often a staple ingredient in sheet masks (look out for sodium hyaluronate on skincare labels).
Hyaluronic acid in skincare
The application of hyaluronic acid therefore has a plumping effect on the skin and helps to replenish and protect it against ageing. In the Middle East, we are subject to constant air-conditioning, leaving our skin feeling like the Sahara. In the summer, heat and sun exposure work to dehydrate our skin even further. Hyaluronic acid is thankfully available to give the skin the hydrating boost it needs.
Because hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in our bodies, it poses a pretty low risk of allergic reaction or irritation so is suitable for those with sensitive skin. It also plays well with most other skincare ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, and other acids. So, you can introduce hyaluronic acid to your skincare routines without major overhauls. How could we resist?!