September 04, 2020 3 min read
We have all been hearing a lot more about Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in recent years, but HA is not just a trend, it is one of the best skin care ingredients you can use
Hyaluronic acid is well known for its skin benefits, especially alleviating dry skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and speeding up wound healing. It works continuously by replenishing skin to enhance a healthy, supple look and feel.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a vital naturally-occurring substance that is part of skin’s youth-supporting matrix. As the chief glycosaminoglycan in skin, hyaluronic acid works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed.
Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds to water molecules and increases the water content of the skin, it can absorb more than 1,000 times its weight in water, classifying it as a humectant. Humectants are hygroscopic, meaning they draw moisture from their surroundings. Humectants are often found in water-based moisturizers, serums, and other leave-on skin care products because of their ability to help boost hydration for all skin types, which is especially beneficial for dry, dehydrated skin.
HA helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated. Maybe most importantly, HA supports collagen in our dermis forming the structure of the skin. Natural Hyaluronic Acid is bound to collagen on one side and links to water molecules on the other, giving skin its plumpness.
As we age, we lose collagen and HA naturally, so the skin becomes dehydrated more easily. Also, harsh weather, heat in the summer, cold during the winter, certain skin-care products, and underlying skin conditions can cause tiny breaks in the protective skin barrier, allowing water to escape. Hyaluronic Acid helps to repair and prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss).
Hyaluronic acid has also been classified as a postbiotic, which is an ingredient that naturally occurs as probiotics found in skin's microbiome break down. It is believed that this synergy with skin is another reason application of hyaluronic acid leads to healthier, younger-looking skin: it strengthens and helps rebuild the unique microbiome on your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid – AKA…
There are three types of hyaluronic acid:
Hyaluronic acid plays well with most other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, and other acids. Check out the GLOWBIOTICS products that contain Hyaluronic Acid and discover the benefits of instant hydration, plumping of wrinkles and repair they offer the skin.
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