10 Surprising Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare
Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating ingredient found in many premium skincare products that helps to promote younger-looking skin. It’s produced naturally in our skin cells but starts to diminish as we age. It’s an active component that helps skin maintain moisture, keeping your face fresh and glowing.
Although the word “acid” makes it seem like it’s a harsh ingredient, hyaluronic acid soothes the skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and hydrated. For those who aren’t familiar with this beneficial ingredient, you may be surprised how little you need to make a big, visible difference. As Skin Health Experts, we use hyaluronic acid in many of our clinically formulated skincare products to take advantage of its natural benefits. Below is a list of hyaluronic acid benefits that you’ll experience even after the very first use.
Aids in Anti-Aging
Skin can show signs of aging faster than we’d like due to excessive sun exposure, environmental pollutants, diet, and several other factors. Over time, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines start to form on the face. To best combat the visible signs of aging, we recommend adding an anti-aging product with hyaluronic acid into your daily skincare regimen. Hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate and smooth the face to leave a plumper, more youthful-looking appearance.
Anti-aging treatments like the DermalQuench Liquid Lift®+ Retinol incorporate hyaluronic acid with a blend of other extracts and active ingredients including Retinol to help prevent the signs of aging on the skin. After four weeks of use, 100% of women who used this product saw significant improvement in their skin’s appearance.
Keeping skin hydrated is key to optimal skin health, but sometimes drinking water isn’t enough. While drinking the recommended amount of water for your age and body weight will help ensure proper functioning of the skin and body and will be noticeable if you are dehydrated, water consumption alone doesn’t reverse the visible signs of aging. However, hyaluronic acid helps hydrate skin from the inside-out. Using a daily hydrating treatment like any of our three DermalQuench products pumps skin full of water, smoothing wrinkles. And… if your skin is still dry, it may not be a lack of hydration, but a lack of natural oils in your skin. Which is why you’ll want to consider adding a daily moisturizer with heavier lipids that help seal in other, lighter ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
Works on Wrinkle Prevention
Not all skin types “age” the same way. Two people of the same age may have wrinkles appearing in different areas on the face. One of the many benefits of hyaluronic acid on skin is that it can be used in a spot treatment in your skin care regimen to work where you need it most. For example, if you have wrinkles along the forehead, you may only need to apply it to the t-zone.
The way a person’s skin ages also is based on genetics. To help prevent wrinkles early on, start protecting your skin starting at a young age. (Don’t worry if you no longer consider yourself ‘young.’ Age is just a number and TODAY is the perfect time to start using daily SPF as your best defense against the visible signs of aging. Not only does sunscreen help prevent harmful UV rays from aging your skin, it also keeps your face moisturized, which reduce lines on the face.
Improves Skin Elasticity
Although the loss of skin elasticity happens as we age, it also can occur due to lifestyle habits. Smoking, poor diet, and irregular sleep patterns all contribute to how our skin looks. If you’ve ever heard someone say, “You look tired,” it’s likely they’re talking about the state of your skin.
When your skin loses its elasticity, it’s less supple and doesn’t return back to a normal state after being stretched. Hyaluronic acid helps to promote skin firmness and elasticity in the skin for noticeable improvements to how skin looks, feels, and behaves.
Helps to Treat Skin Redness
Skin redness can occur from conditions such as rosacea or eczema or it can be event-based like an allergic reaction or too much time spent in the sun. As a result, skin can become irritated, itchy, and patchy. Products with hyaluronic acid help to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation and redness.
Provides Lipid Barrier Defense
The lipid barrier helps to protect the skin from dehydration and external pollutants. Our Kx Active Concentrates Collection features lightweight serums clinically formulated to treat and transform specific skin concerns like dullness and dryness or fine lines and wrinkles. And while a sunscreen can help shield the skin from harsh environmental elements and support the natural lipid barrier, it can only protect your skin so much. That’s why you need to start creating that barrier protection with effective products before your skin is exposed to a harmful environment. It’s also useful for sensitive skin or skin that’s prone to redness as it soothes burning and itching in a gentle way.
Achieves Brighter Skin Tone
Due to environmental aggressors like dirt, free radicals, pollution, and high sun exposure, skin naturally starts to dull over time. Glowing skin is achieved through adequate hydration thanks in part to products with hyaluronic acid and proper moisturization that comes from lipid-infused creams. Serums or moisturizers with Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Retinols provide different forms of skin brightening – from improving cell turnover to blocking pigment production – and help keep skin looking vibrant. Ensuring that these products contain Hyaluronic Acid may help diminish any irritation from the active ingredients in the formula because skin will stay hydrated.
Reduces Fine Lines
Often, the first visible signs of aging happen around delicate skin like the eye area or around the mouth where we have frequent skin movement (talking, laughing, eating). It’s easy to forget about focusing on those areas of the face until you start to see wrinkles appear. Reduce the appearance of fine lines by regularly applying an eye cream that is specially formulated for that delicate eye area or a firming cream to help diminish lines around the mouth.
Our Wrinkle Warrior® Eye product is a lightweight gel that helps to prevent eye wrinkles, crow’s feet, fine lines, and dark circles. As part of its active ingredients, it features three sizes of hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin as well as reduce eye puffiness.
Sloughs Away Old Skin
The skin is regenerative as the top layers are sloughed off over time and new skin forms. Clearing away dead skin cells help to stimulate cell regeneration and leave a healthier-looking glow. This can be achieved in the form of cleansers, exfoliants, or a combination of products that incorporate hyaluronic acid to keep skin bright and smooth.
Diminishes Age Spots
In addition to helping with wrinkles and fine lines, one of the benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin is that it also helps to reduce the appearance of age spots to create a more even tone. Our skin serums and spot treatments are ideal to help replenish the skin and diminish age spots.
The Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum is a fan favorite because of how well it helps to boost brightness and produce more even skin texture. The combination of key ingredients helps with sun spots and promotes a healthy glow.
As Skin Health Experts, you can see there are plenty of reasons why we love hyaluronic acid and why we formulate some of our products with this amazing ingredient. We believe everyone can benefit from having it as part of their skincare routine.
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