What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in connective tissue throughout our bodies, with fiftypercent of it being found in our skin. It has an important role in retaining moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. When used to help keep your skin hydrated, skin appears plumper, firmer, glowing and has an improved texture compare to deficient skin.
As we age our body's natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down, so it’s no surprise that beauty brands are adding hyaluronic acid into serums and creams.
Hyaluronic acid is also present in the eyes and the joints, so naturally as the body ages and produces less HA this gradual deficiency may contribute to worsened eye sight, or poor eye health. Additionally, stiffness in joints and muscles and flexibility in connecting bones.
Different types of Hyaluronic acid products:
- Serums and creams
- Supplements (though more beneficial to internal hyaluronic acid related symptoms of deficiency).
What to look for in a Hyaluronic acid product?
- Hyaluronic acid
- Sodium hyaluronate
- Hydrolysed hyaluronic acid and sodium acetyl hyaluronate
Different brands use different types or a combination of many, but similar results will be achieved.
Who should use Hyaluronic Acid?
Up until the last few years, the common view has been that anti-ageing products are for people that have wrinkles and want to get rid of them. However, the attitude now is moving towards the idea that ‘prevention is better than a cure’. We have taken this phrase from creator of Holos Skincare from Nature; Niamh Hogan and explored this idea further. Many anti-ageing solutions aim to cure wrinkles and deep lines and tend to tighten the skin in order to minimise the appearance of them.
Alternatively, using a natural anti-ageing solution or herbal remedy from your early 20s can help pro-long the bodies water retention, skin elasticity and general skin health to prevent wrinkles, age-spots and other symptoms of ageing skin for longer. Yes, you might think that this is an investment into skincare from an earlier age, but natural herbal ones will often mean a cheaper long-term investment compared to a hefty billslater on in life trying to correct years of gradual skin damage and ageing.