Is Hyaluronic Acid worth the hype?
Anyone that has either started a new skincare journey, or is just obsessed with skincare has heard of Hyaluronic Acid. It makes headlines as a key component of a daily skincare routine. If you have been contemplating on whether or not to add HA into your skincare arsenal, here is your sign that it is time!
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that is a naturally occurring molecule in the human body. Using HA topically helps to increase the skins hydration. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water (depending on the product/ingredients) making it essential for health. When there’s hydration in the skin there’s health in the skin. Hydrated skin can concur so many things like:
Fine lines and wrinkles. Over time our body starts to decrease its production of HA, along with collagen and elastin. Resulting in the loss of volume, hydration and plumpness.
Acne. While Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t play a direct roll in the treatment of acne. It does in fact help to improve the moisture content in the skin when a patient is using acne fighting skincare and/or topical prescriptions. Helping to hydrate and sooth the skin during any acne treatment helps to deeply nourish the skin and help heal its microbiome. Along with helping to reduce redness.
Like any product or ingredient, all Hyaluronic Acids are not created equal. The molecule sodium hyaluronate should be one of the first ingredients on the back of the packaging, not down at the bottom of the list. The molecular weight and molecular size of the HA matters as well. You want your Hyaluronic Acid to have a small molecular size so that it has the ability to penetrate into the skin properly to help reduce wrinkle depth. The molecule weight is a catch 22 in a way. A high molecule weight helps to seal in moisture to the skin. A low molecule weight helps to provide hydration and improves elasticity. The perfect product that has them both?
Another great option is the Skin Medica HA5. Being oil free and fragrance free, the technology in this product is very unique. It is a time released serum that contains a proprietary blend of 5 different hyaluronic acid molecules. When 1 stops working the next one kicks in and takes over. So you have a continuous release of hyaluronic acid through out the day/night after it is applied.
Our moisturizer option is the Valmont Regnetic Cream. This contains a Hyaluronic acid precursor which stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid within the skin. It also has biomimetic lipids which helps to restore the barrier function of the skin. This formula also comes in a serum form. The Valmont Regenetic Serum. This innovative product teaches the skin to rehydrate naturally by limiting the evaporation of water on the skins surface. After doing so, the skin will regain its supple tone.
Hydration is crucial for ALL skin types. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to deeply hydrate, trying to plump up toys skin, battle fine lines and wrinkles or sooth and calm down rosacea or acne. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most popular ingredients in skincare products. Throughout our lives we will experience transepidermol water loss. Because of this, the enzymes that typically help the skin exfoliate naturally cannot function properly. This results in a buildup of skin cells making the skin appear and feel dry to the touch, which will contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydration starts from within. Like our bodies, we need to drink water throughout the day in order to stay hydrated. The same applies to our skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate from within the skin cells, versus the superficial layers. We all want that healthy glow, and a hydrated body and skin is the key.