Hyaluronic Acid: Your Natural Water Magnet Filler

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

Have you heard about hyaluronic acid “HA” before? Don’t even try to pronounce it, smh.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a 100% natural humectant that can be found in our bones, cartilages, lips, and skin. 50% of our body’s hyaluronic acid content can be found in our skin.

It is a powerful humectant that can attract and hold 1000 times its weight in water creating a padding-like effect; that gives our skin and lips plumpness, fullness, and hydration.

It’s a water-loving disaccharide chain, a sugar molecule, that’s considered our skin’s main source of hydration as it binds our natural collagen to water to achieve that bouncy healthy skin with a natural glow. Pretty interesting, right?


Hyaluronic acid comes in different sizes depending on its molecular weight, each has a specific action. The smaller the molecular weight, the deeper it penetrates the skin resulting in a longer hydration effect. On the other hand, bigger sizes cannot penetrate your skin. They form a film on your skin to prevent trans epidermal water loss.


Unfortunately, just like collagen, our hyaluronic acid natural content begins to deplete as we age, that’s why we need to introduce an external source of hyaluronic acid to keep the hydration in.

Since hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies, it is suitable for all skin types, conditions, and colors. It’s perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin, as well. You should consider adding hyaluronic acid in your daily skincare routine after hitting 23.

More is not always better:

When dealing with hyaluronic acid, more is not better by any means. Above 2%, hyaluronic acid begins to suck in the moisture from your skin and dry it out. Make sure to not go overboard with it.

While hyaluronic acid binds with water to keep the hydration in, your skin barrier should be healthy and intact to prevent trans epidermal water loss. You better use hyaluronic acid with niacinamide and/or ceramides to lock that hydration in.

Where can I get my daily dose of HA?

Create a skincare routine with products containing hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate. You can use one or a mix of the following products:

Cleansers:

Cleansers can change your hydration game if chosen correctly.

Choose a gentle soap-free cleanser with hyaluronic acid to boost your skin’s hydration level while cleansing your skin.


Toners:

Misting your face with hyaluronic will give you the perfect hydration boost after washing your face.


Serums:

Some serums may contain very concentrated amounts of hyaluronic acid. Apply them before sleep or as package instructions.


Creams:

Creams provide fast penetration and absorption rates of their active ingredients. Hyaluronic acid-rich creams slow down wrinkles and fine lines’ appearance while hydrating and plumping your skin; giving it a healthy glow.

Sheet Masks:

Sheet masks trap the serum in them between your skin and the sheet fabric which facilitates the absorption of the actives. Applying a sheet mask once a week will definitely up your hydration game.


Injectable Hyaluronic Acid:

Did you know that hyaluronic acid can get injected directly into your skin? Crosslinked hyaluronic acid can be injected into your skin as a filler to plump skin while inducing collagen production.

Whichever way you choose, remember to get your daily dose of hyaluronic acid to get healthy plumped skin.


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