When it comes to natural skin care, hyaluronic acid, also called HA, is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. This skin care ingredient is found in many popular moisturizers, serums, and lotions. This is because hyaluronic acid is a sugar that occurs naturally in the body, including skin, eyes, and joints. It provides moisture to these areas, especially our skin, giving it a smooth and plump appearance.
As we age, the moisture in our skin naturally begins to decrease. In addition to natural causes, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal, environmental factors can also contribute to an acceleration of this process. These factors include smoking and air pollution. Our diet can even play a part in the overall health of our skin. Eating a diet heavy with fried foods or processed meats can increase the number of free radicals in your body, which can break down your skin’s collagen and reduce elasticity.
There are a variety of products now available to combat the loss of hyaluronic acid including oral supplements, topical creams, serums, and injections.
How Hyaluronic Acid Helps Your Skin
By introducing hyaluronic acid into your skin care routine, you’ll notice a variety of changes. These changes include:
- Skin hydration— chronic dehydration can disrupt your body’s natural process of eliminating harmful toxins through the skin. This can lead to a whole host of skin issues such as skin sensitivity, irritation, flakiness and discoloration. These changes to your skin can result in the appearance of aged skin and in some instances make wrinkles and fine lines deeper and more pronounced. The great news is that hyaluronic acid can play an important role in keeping your skin hydrated and reversing the effects of prior dehydration. According to a 2014 study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, participants had an increase of hydration up to 96% after eight weeks of applying hyaluronic acid through a combination of lotions, serums, and creams. The study ultimately found that hyaluronic acid had a “statistically significant moisturizing effect,” and the skin of participants was “significantly more hydrated than the untreated skin.”
- Anti-Aging— Over time our skin is affected by a number of environmental and lifestyle factors – sun exposure, smoking, high fried food diets, and chronic stress can all have negative effects on the health and aging of our skin. Even people leading healthy lifestyles might have to contend with an inherited propensity for premature aging. Studies done on twins have found that “up to 60% of the skin aging variation between individuals can be attributed to genetic factors.” Whether your skin is being affected by your environment, lifestyle or genetics, hyaluronic acid can start to roll back the clock. A recent scientific review in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules found that hyaluronic acid exhibited, “remarkable skin regenerating and collagen stimulating efficacy.” Collagen, a protein, is one of the main building blocks in our skin. By stimulating the collagen, you are decreasing sagging skin and giving it a firmer, more youthful appearance. Regular use of hyaluronic acid can also help decrease the depth of wrinkles.
Trust in Hyaluronic Acid
There is a reason why hyaluronic acid remains one of the most talked about skin care ingredients, because it truly does work. When it comes to your skin care, there are numerous benefits for incorporating HA in your routine. It will improve your skin’s hydration, help to decrease wrinkles and fine lines, and provide a vibrant looking complexion.
At Organic Cosmetica, we are firm believers in the power of natural skin care. That’s why we specially formulated our Everything Face & Eye HA Serum with Vegan HA, one of the most powerful humectants available. Our HA serum is easy to use – simply massage the serum onto the eyes, face, and neck twice daily after cleansing, drying and toning.