How Hyaluronic Acid helps combat aging skin
Skin aging is a complex process, and how skin ages is affected by numerous factors. There is intrinsic aging, influenced by hormonal changes, which is not preventable. And there is extrinsic aging, which is influenced by external factors, such as pollution and exposure to UV rays.
Loss of moisture plays key role in skin aging
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our bodies, and is key for skin moisture – as well as moisture in other parts of the body. Since moisture is so important for so many of our cell and body functions, hyaluronic acid is crucial in keeping those functions running smoothly. And as our body ages, hyaluronic acid becomes depleted; through intrinsic aging, as our bodies naturally produce less; and through extrinsic aging, as exposure to UV rays and pollution can damage our moisture barrier and deplete our skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant
A humectant pulls water molecules from its environment and holds them. Hyaluronic acid is a particularly effective humectant, as it not only draws moisture in, but holds onto it to prevent loss of moisture – in fact, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Skin repair and protection with hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid, applied topically, is able to penetrate the skin’s top layers, where it helps improve elasticity and boosts skin hydration. In addition to drawing in and holding on to that precious moisture in the skin, hyaluronic acid also helps reinforce skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Our skin’s moisture barrier is constantly under attack – from the natural aging process, and especially from environmental factors. Sun exposure, pollution, drying agents (chlorine from pools, etc) can all wreak havoc on skin’s moisture barrier.
Hyaluronic acid provides the necessary moisture – and more importantly, the ability to hold that crucial moisture – to reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
It’s no secret that moisture is crucial for skin to look healthy, plumper, smoother, and softer. And when skin looks healthy and smooth, it looks younger as well.
Because hyaluronic acid replenishes a critical source of skin’s moisture, it also helps to minimize skin issues such as sensitivity and sun damage. Plus, since hyaluronic acid is considered a “skin-identical” ingredient, it’s recommended for all skin types.
Everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid in their skin care routine
Moisture is an important part of every one of our body’s processes and functions. And since our skin is our largest organ, you can be sure our skin needs that moisture to not only look its best, but to function properly.
Whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, or combination – or if it’s sensitive, acne-prone, or suffers from some other skin concern – hyaluronic acid can benefit your skin.
Since the body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid and retain moisture decreases as we age, supplementing with topical hyaluronic acid (or sodium hyaluronate – a salt derived from hyaluronic acid) goes a long way toward replenishing the moisture barrier, and giving skin the plump, radiant, healthy, youthful glow we all desire.