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Hard to pronounce and even harder to spell, hyaluronic acid is a skincare superhero. Hyaluronic Acid (pronounced hai·uh·luh·ro·nuhk and sometimes referred to as HA for short) is a naturally occurring, moisture binding molecule found in the body’s connective tissues. It is a humectant which means that it draws in moisture to the skin which in turn boosts cellular hydration and tissue regeneration. Put simply, this magical molecule is a potent anti-ager that keeps skin hydrated, healthy and glowing.
As we age, our levels of hyaluronic acid decline which contributes to a weakened skin barrier, oxidative skin damage and visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines, dullness and sagging. Fortunately, there are effective, natural skincare serums, creams and treatments (and fabulous foods!) that can replenish our skin’s hyaluronic acid and help us to look and feel our beautiful best.
Here are seven ways that hyaluronic acid can work wonders for your skin:
1. Increasing Hydration
Hydrated skin is the cornerstone of healthy, glowing skin and hyaluronic acid is the ultimate in deep skin hydration. Able to attract and retain up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water (!), hyaluronic acid draws in moisture to the skin which boosts hydration and moisture levels. The result? A slowing down and reversal of premature aging, an increase in skin elasticity and plumpness and a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin, puffiness and dark circles.
For that H20 glow, incorporate a high-quality, natural hyaluronic acid serum into your skincare routine.
2. Supporting Your Skin Barrier
Our skin’s barrier is like an invisible shield that deters bacteria, pollutants and other nasties whilst protecting our skin’s integrity and moisture. Aging, environmental toxins, harsh products and stress all take their toll on the skin barrier, resulting in the visible signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Natural hyaluronic acid skincare products work to repair the skin barrier by supporting skin cell regeneration, reducing oxidative damage and delivering deep hydration.
3. Feeding the Skin
There are delicious foods that can boost your body’s production of hyaluronic acid and help to deliver gorgeous, glowing skin from the inside out. Citrus fruits, leafy greens, soy products, beans and root vegetables are top of the list to give you healthy, happy, hydrated skin. Bon Appetit!
4. Repair the Visible Signs of Aging
Aging is inevitable and we cannot stay 21 forever (and would we really want to!?) but there is plenty that we can do to slow and repair the visible signs of aging. A healthy diet, exercise, community and purpose help us to stay young and vibrant and quality skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid help us to put our best face forward and look as great as we feel.
To tackle premature aging and minimise lines, wrinkles, puffiness, pigmentation and dark undereye circles, try a product like elluminate Night Cream which is packed with hyaluronic acid and other goodies to nourish, hydrate and protect.
5. Improving Skin Tone & Texture
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our skin which causes skin to sag, wrinkle and lose its plumpness. Quality hyaluronic acid skincare products promote collagen synthesis, increase skin firmness, reduce pigmentation and brighten your complexion. When it comes to achieving optimal skin tone and texture, hyaluronic acid is your birthday suit’s BFF!
6. Healing Acne & Acne Scars
Acne and acne scars can make us feel self-conscious and stuck in a loop of buying harsh, expensive products that promise the world but often do more harm than good. Hyaluronic acid controls sebum production which helps to prevent and reduce acne outbreaks. In addition, by healing and hydrating the skin, hyaluronic acid can reduce the appearance of acne scars and redness. Having a hyaluronic acid serum or cream on hand might just get you out of a tough spot! 😉
7. Assisting with Inflammatory Skin Conditions
It encourages wound healing by reducing inflammation and redirecting blood vessels to areas of damaged skin. This makes it a wonderful weapon against inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. By drawing moisture to the skin’s surface and repairing the skin barrier, skin dryness and irritation is reduced which further aids in the prevention and management of dry skin conditions.
From hydrating to repairing to protecting, hyaluronic acid really is an anti-aging, skincare superhero. It is to your skin what Wonder Woman’s lasso is to truth-telling and Harry Potter’s wand is to magic. Not sure where to start with hyaluronic acid skincare? Check out our elluminate anti-aging range or take our free skincare consultation. 😊