Hyaluronic Acid: What It Is And How It Works

Monday August 14, 2017 at 4:13pm

What is it?  

Hyaluronic acid is the hottest ingredient in skincare right now—but how well does it actually work as a moisturizer and wrinkle-plumper? Is it better to take it orally as well as applying through a moisturiser? 

First of all, hyaluronic acid (which also goes by the names hyaluronan or hyaluronate on the back of packaging) is not an acid in the same sense as popular ones like salicylic or glycolic, which exfoliate away dead skin cells.

Hyaluronic acid doesn't do that at all. As a naturally-occurring polysaccharide found in the human body, it acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin and eyes.  

It's particularly important to skin appearance because about 50 percent of the body's supply is located in the skin tissues, where the viscous, jelly-like substance helps keep it plump, soft and supple... for a while, at least. Our ability to produce hyaluronic acid declines with age, which can lead to increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. 

So that's one reason why skincare and cosmetic enhancement companies are encouraging us to use their synthetically-derived hyaluronic acid products—they claim to help replenish our lost stores of it.

The other reason is Hyaluronic Acid molecules' unique ability to attract and retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water. One thousand! That's more than any other biological substance. What's not to love?

How It Works

Unlike collagen, Hyaluronic Acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection. When applied in a Hyaluronic Acid cream or serum, Hyaluronic Acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance.

Try our Hyaluronic Acid Serum

At Beflattered we think taking Hyaluronic Acid is a must. We love Aeterna Gold and  Viridian

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