All You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid and Luxury Skincare
If you have ever researched luxury skincare, with no doubt you have run into a term hyaluronic acid. While it may be a difficult word to pronounce, this component is what makes it easy to keep your skin radiant and healthy. To put it shortly, this acid is so valuable for its moisture-retaining qualities, which in turn make it the most effective, dependable and accessible moisturizer.
Mona Gohara, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of medicine went as far as calling it ‘mother nature’s sponge’, again referring to the above-mentioned key benefit of hyaluronic acid – moisture retention. While it is not hydrating your skin itself, it “pulls” moisture from the air, ensuring your skin remains plump and glowing.
Our bodies actually are built in a way we produce hyaluronic acid ourselves, but as we age the production gradually gets lower. As a result, we start seeing signs of ageing. Normally the process starts around the mid to late 20s – pretty early if you ask us.
However, this isn’t something to cry over as hyaluronic acid is one of the key components in luxury skincare products as well as it can be found in topical ones at a lower price point. Additionally, since it is something produced by us in earlier years or skin can easily absorb it. However, there are few things to keep in mind before getting overly happy upon spotting ‘hyaluronic acid’ one the component list.
To get both instant plumping and long-term benefits, aim to find a product with multiple molecular weights of hyaluronic acid. Different sizes of the particles react differently when in contact with skin. For example, smaller ones are better at penetrating the skin, whereas bigger ones will be absorbing more water for they will stay on the surface longer.
We are making this point because hyaluronic acid is a truly magical ingredient with an incredibly long shelf life, isn’t reactive and cannot lose its worth when mixed with other skincare ingredients. This is why you will find it in all types of products – sunscreens, ampoules, serums, retinols, creams.
The issue is however that usually, the product description does not include molecular weight. And thus, if you want to invest in a truly good product that utilizes hyaluronic acid, we suggest you either ask your dermatologist and carry out thorough research.