How hyaluronic acid benefits skin

Hyaluronic acid benefits the skin, because it is a naturally occurring substance in skin known for its stunning capacity to attract and hold onto 1000x its weight in moisture. It works overtime by replenishing skin to enhance a healthy, supple look and feel.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

In the world of skincare trending ingredients.  Research shows that hyaluronic acid is not just a trend; on the contrary, there are many hyaluronic acid benefits and it’s one of the best skincare ingredients you can use.

Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a fancy name for a vital naturally-occurring substance that’s part of skin’s youth-supporting matrix. As the chief glycosaminoglycan in skin, hyaluronic acid works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed.

Hyaluronic acid is also a humectant, which is a category of skincare ingredients that are hygroscopic.  This means they draw moisture from their surroundings.

Humectants are often found in water based moisturisers, serums, and other leave-on skincare products.  this is purely because of their ability to help boost hydration for all skin types.  Of course this is especially beneficial for dry, dehydrated skin .

How Does Hyaluronic Acid Help Dry, Dehydrated Skin?

So, what does hyaluronic acid do for skin?  The science-based magic lies in hyaluronic acid’s ability to replenish a LOT of moisture.

One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water.  Crazy isn’t it?  What is even more impressive is that hyaluronic acid can do this for skin without tipping the scales and giving skin too much water.  This can be more of a problem than you think.  This is because it breaks down key substances that normally hold skin’s surface intact.

Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison. It also revitalises 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.


Hyaluronic Acid’s Anti-Ageing Benefits

Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-binding characteristic is exceptionally important when it comes to skin ageing.  When we are young, our skin can hold onto water and retain a balanced amount of moisture, but it loses this ability as we age.

The result is a visible loss of firmness, pliability, and a diminished appearance of plumpness and suppleness, yep then come the wrinkles!

Simply put, hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-ageing properties.

Unprotected sun exposure and environmental assault weaken skin’s surface and cause premature ageing.  Hopefully you already know that daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoiding harsh skincare ingredients is a must for combating these things,  However, you might not know that hyaluronic acid’s antioxidant and skin-replenishing properties go a long way toward mitigating those issues, too.  Now that’s what we call a multitasking anti-ageing ingredient!

Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate

In addition to hyaluronic acid, you may have seen the similarly named sodium hyaluronate on a skincare product’s ingredient list.  Not surprisingly, these two ingredients are related: sodium hyaluronate is a salt that’s derived from hyaluronic acid. Sodium hyaluronate is helpful in the same way that hyaluronic acid for skin is, but with one extra advantage, skin absorbs it more easily than it does hyaluronic acid.

Does that mean that sodium hyaluronate is better than hyaluronic acid?  No! It is great if products such as hyaluronic acid moisturisers and creams contain both forms of the ingredient, so your skin can reap the benefits on multiple levels. There are some products on the market that contain both ingredients, but because hyaluronic acid is more expensive, sodium hyaluronate shows up more often in skincare products.

Some companies use what’s called “low molecular weight” hyaluronic acid, which has a smaller molecule than regular hyaluronic acid.  Molecules of “regular” hyaluronic acid are larger, which explains why they remain on the skin’s surface.  Making hyaluronic acid smaller means it can reach a bit farther into skin’s uppermost layers for visibly enhanced results.

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid in Your Skincare Routine

Hyaluronic acid is incredibly gentle and phenomenally helpful for all skin types, even the most sensitive, redness-prone skin.  In fact, its positive influence on skin’s surface is due in part to its natural calming benefit, which means it is also suitable for breakout-prone skin.  Also our fragrance free formula contain redness-reducing and hydrating ingredients that make skin smooth and soft, and they’re gentle enough even for those with eczema prone and rosacea prone skin.

If you struggle with blemishes and are on the hunt for the best moisturiser for acne-prone skin, look no further than our Plump me up Moisturiser.  Its water based formula provides hydration and soothe redness.

Lots of love

This is all said with love, I know many people have different opinions and that is absolutely fine.  The biggest piece of advice I always say is:

‘Listen to your skin!!’

If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  These should not cause any damage to your skin, if used correctly for YOUR skin!

Any questions, just ask…

Much love.

Louisa Ashforth Signature