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. 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.
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.
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.
In sum, its key benefits are:
Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient found in natural skin care. Discover some of our favourite options here at Beautiful Because.
La Mav 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.
Vanessa Megan Advanced Anti-Ageing EPI Cell Serum contains hyaluronic acid along with quandong (Australian wild peach) and green coffee seeds for added antioxidant protection. The Collagen Boosting Gel is also a pure and simple form of this wonder ingredient to specifically target dehydration.
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.
Josh Rosebrook’s 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.
While, Divine Woman Age-Defying Gel Serum and Madara SOS Hydra Recharge Cream also combine hydrating hyaluronic acid with additional pro-ageing ingredients for more radiant, plumped and youthful-looking skin.
By Nina Weston