Similar to the words “chemical peel” sometimes the words “hyaluronic acid” can be off-putting to people as it sounds possibly painful, complicated and/or elaborate. If you feel this resonates with you, know that is all in the past now.
Hyaluronic Acid is your new BFF and Valentine.
What is it?
Hyaluronic Acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a type of molecule created in the dermal layer of the skin, alongside two other well known structural components, collagen & elastin. Its function is to bind to water and lubricate joints and muscles, as well as nourish collagen and support the skins structure. It has a jelly-like consistency and is the main ingredient found in most cosmetic dermal fillers these days.
How does it work?
With its superhero freak powers of holding its weight in water in a ratio of approximately 1:1000! Thus, a hyaluronic acid serum will soften your skin, boost the power of your moisturizer, and give you that glowing, plumped up looking skin.
Hyaluronic Acid vs. Sodium Hyaluronate:
Like many things in life, not all products on the market are created equal. When it comes to hyaluronic acid there are essentially two types: small or large molecular structure. The smaller the molecule (in all skincare) the deeper it will penetrate into the skin. Larger molecules will be too large to penetrate into the skin and will simply stay on the surface. Sodium Hyaluronate is derived from Hyaluronic Acid and is the smaller molecule of the two, so it will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. There are benefits to both types, and ideally I would suggest using both to get the best results.
If you are looking for a cheap serum to get started I would suggest OZ Natural’s Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Serum. I usually buy this off of Amazon for about $20.00 CAD. I absolutely notice a difference in my skin when I’m using it and I feel like it extends the life and efficacy of my moisturizer. It is also vegan, alcohol-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free.
To use, start by cleansing your face with a mild or oil based cleanser, then tone (alcohol free!), and then apply a thin layer of the serum. Wait until dry and then apply your serum, moisturizer and/or SPF. Use all year round!
Have you embraced H.A. yet? How has it helped and what brands have you tried and loved?