In the world of skin care, superstar ingredients come and go, but one that remains a key staple for its powerful anti-ageing and hydrating properties is hyaluronic acid. It is Mother Nature's moisture magnet being an ideal moisturiser for a number of skin types including oily, sensitive, and even blemish-prone.
It may not sound very natural, but it doesn’t get much more so, when it comes to caring for your skin. An incredibly popular ingredient in many natural skin care formulas, it's also known as hyaluronan, the molecule hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our skin and connective tissues, and has the impressive ability to retain large amounts of water and moisture – studies have shown that just one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water. As a result, it has a wealth of benefits for the skin.
Like collagen, unfortunately our skin’s natural hyaluronic acid content decreases as we age, which leads to a loss of firmness and an increase in the number and depth of fine lines, which is why hyaluronic acid-based skincare products are an essential element of an effective skincare routine.
The key benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
- Increases Collagen Production - for firmer, more youthful skin
- Hydrates & Retains Moisture - deep within the skin (dermis), and the plumping effect reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- Protects & Repairs - the external barrier of the skin (epidermis)
- Soothes & Calms - ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne prone
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Benefit Skin
So, precisely how does this superstar ingredient work to give supple, hydrated and wrinkle-free skin?
As we age, our skin loses the ability to retain moisture and produce collagen, resulting in the visible loss of firmness and plumpness. When used in skincare products, hyaluronic acid can immediately replenish moisture that is crucial to having younger-looking, more plumped skin. The skin recognises the molecule as its natural component and absorbs it well so it can reach deeper to the areas that need repair and hydration in the dermis layer. It revitalises skin so it instantly looks and feels hydrated, soft, and supple. In fact, the raw ingredient is often incorporated in professional salon and spa facials for these immediate results.
In addition to its moisturising properties, this master molecule helps your skin keep its collagen synthesis up, and is adept at protecting your skin’s external barrier layer – the epidermis – for preventative, anti-ageing results. With continued use, skin appears brighter, more healthy and youthful, with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles diminished.
How To Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Regime
Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient found in natural skin care. Discover some of our favourite options here at Beautiful Because (direct shopping links to each product are to your left)
From Mukti - newly released in August 2019, the Hyaluronic Marine Serum is a luxe serum using the combination of Hyaluronic Acid with Fucoidan extract. Extracted from Wakeme Seaweed, it prevents wrinkles from forming by helping to strengthen the skins moisture barrier. The combination of these two hero ingredients improves overall skin appearance by 60% in 12 weeks. This blend also includes the same Blue Tansy Oil that is the hero ingredient in May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon.
From La Mav - their Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum is great for everyday, since it combines hyaluronic acid with natural vitamin E, green tea and cucumber extract to hydrate and nourish your skin. Formulated to lock in moisture and provide a shield from further drying effects of weather and lifestyle, there's 7 potent bio-actives in this serum, so the hyaluronic acid is supported by 6 more ingredients that work in synergy with the acid to provide a softness and radiance to otherwise dry skin.
You will also find Hyaluronic Acid in their BB Cream which is a light to medium coverage and Australia's first certified organic BB Cream. For any day where you don't have time to moisturise first, this BB Cream will be a great multi-tasker for those mornings where you have almost no time to get ready before you rush out the door.
From Josh Rosebrook - Vital Balm Cream contains Indian Senna Seed Extract, known as botanical hyaluronic acid, which in addition to its other nourishing ingredients, including Blue Tansy Essential Oil, is a dreamy and relaxing way to care for skin. Formulated specifically for dry and dehydrated skin, it's suitable for those with sensitive skin and a truly worthy investment for anyone with troubled dry skin. Vital Balm Cream is available in 2 sizes, a full size and half size jar. While you can use it every day if you wish, it is an investment and you may choose it as a bi-weekly treatment or use on troubled days only.
From Madara - SOS Hydra Recharge Cream also combine hydrating hyaluronic acid with additional pro-ageing ingredients for more radiant, plumped and youthful-looking skin. If your skin is stressed or dehydrated, the combination of the hyaluronic acid and peony will replenish the moisture levels in your skin. It has a soft texture and can be used as a day or night cream. For severely dehydrated skin, pair it with the SOS Hydra Repair Intensive Serum which should be applied before this moisturiser. Clinical tests done with the SOS Hydra Recharge cream shows an increase of skin hydration by 80% after 4 weeks use.
On a budget? From Acure - Seriously Soothing Cloud Cream contains both hyaluronic acid and argan oil for a delicious fluffy whip to take your face to cloud nine. Use as a soothing night time treatment cream and sleep on the clouds.
Want a boost from your makeup? From Inika - Certified Organic Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid. It's such a vital piece of the formula that the acid is literally in the product name. For normal skin types, think of this foundation as a daily moisturiser and colour coverage in one for those days when you're in a rush. Getting instant skin hydration from a foundation is quite rare. Anyone with dry skin is best to still moisturise underneath the foundation and/or use a primer for the perfect platform. Colour coverage, hydration, improvement in skin elasticity and a reduction of the appearance of fine lines all in one bottle with thanks to the Hyaluronic Acid.