Ingredients in skin care go in and out of style over time, just like fashion. What might be the hot new product one season might be all but forgotten the very next. However, there are exceptions that have withstood the test of time. One of those is hyaluronic acid. First discovered in 1934, this substance made its way into the cosmetics industry in the mid 1990s. It’s been commonly used in a variety of skincare products since then, and nearly 25 years later is still one of the most popular ingredients in skincare. Why? Because it works! Let’s take a deeper dive into what makes hyaluronic acid such an amazing substance.
What it does
Over time as we age, our skin will lose its ability to preserve moisture as well. Part of this is the aging process, and part is environmental factors like UV exposure or pollution. The result is a visible loss of pliability, plumpness and firmness, (that fresh-faced look you see on 20 year olds that we all took for granted back in the day?) That’s what we’re talking about. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to bring moisture back into aging skin, making the skin appear more supple and younger-looking. It can revitalize the skin’s outer layers, making them look and feel smoother and softer. The hydration boost can nearly instantly improve wrinkles and fine lines. Nothing can halt the clock on aging, but hyaluronic can sure dial it back a bit!
How it works
Surprise, surprise, hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by our bodies! Its primary purpose is to retain water so that our tissues are kept moist and lubricated. Half the hyaluronic acid in our body is found in the skin, where it works like a magnet for moisture, helping your cells retain water. Science tells us that just a single gram of hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold up to 6 liters of water. Pretty impressive, right?!
Who should use it?
Skincare products with hyaluronic acid can be used by anybody, with just about any skin type or complexion. That even includes people that are prone to breakouts, or have oily skin. That’s part of the attraction to this ingredient: it’s universal! Many acids in skincare are used for exfoliation, because they strip down the skin. Hyaluronic acid is different. It acts as a moisture-binder, and so doesn’t dry out your skin like many other acids used in skincare.
When it comes to the ingredients in your skincare products, ignore the fads. Look for trusted and true ingredients that have stood up to the test of time, like hyaluronic acid.