An ultimate guide to the benefits of hyaluronic acid, a widely used wonder ingredient known for its hydrating and anti-ageing properties
From providing hydration to minimising the appearance of fine lines, the numerous benefits of hyaluronic acid have made this hero ingredient a must-have in a plethora of skincare products like moisturisers, serums, sheet masks, mist, and toners.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Also called hyaluronan, hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body. It works to retain moisture in the skin by preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and plays a vital role in replenishing the skin’s youthful suppleness by toning, firming, and filling up wrinkles also. Since the levels of this wonder ingredient deplete as we grow older, switching to topical products allows us to infuse the tremendous benefits of hyaluronic for a firm, radiant appearance. Suitable for oily as well as dry skin, it is often listed in our beauty products as sodium hyaluronate or glycosaminoglycans and is responsible for giving the skin a soft, smooth texture by supporting collagen production.
What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin?
It is a star ingredient that not only boosts the wound healing process. But also helps bring that plump and hydrated look by providing moisture at various skin depths. Here are seven remarkable benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin:
It is anti-ageing
Did you know that about 50% of hyaluronic acid in our body is present in the skin? This helps keep our skin firm and supple. However, due to environmental stressors like pollution, the amount may deplete causing the formation of wrinkles. Topical infusion of hyaluronic acid can considerably reduce the depth of wrinkles while improving the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
It is hydrating
It is a humectant that attracts up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water. Humectants are common moisturising agents that bring moisture into the stratum corneum, the top layer of the skin. Either from the environment or from the deeper layer of the skin (dermis). The benefits of hyaluronic acid provide a smooth, supple, and plump appearance. In a study conducted across different skin types, topical application of hyaluronic acid resulted in an increase of hydration up to 96% after just eight weeks of use.
It combats puffy eyes and dark circles
A deeply hydrating ingredient, it can fight dark circles that occur as a result of dehydration. This skin-friendly hydrator can prevent the eyes from looking puffy, tired, and wrinkled. Try the Dr. G Eye Rescue Cream enriched with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide that delivers an instant tightening experience. And also a brightening effect to plump up and rejuvenate the under-eye area.
It helps soothe symptoms of eczema
A potent ingredient and powerful humectant, it holds and draws moisture to the skin. In a 2011 study, participants found that hyaluronic acid in a foam form improved their symptoms of mild to moderate eczema more than ceramide-containing emulsion cream. Try the HA Intense Moisturiser, a lightweight cream that encompasses the extraordinary benefits of hyaluronic acid. And promises 24 hours of hydration to help relieve dry, dehydrated skin.
It helps heal wounds
By maintaining the skin moisture, it aids the tissue regeneration process involved in healing wounds. In a study, the application of hyaluronic acid on the wound site helped reduce inflammation while regulating tissue repair. This is due to the concentration and molecular weight of the powerful ingredient.
It strengthens the skin’s protective lipid barrier
The skin’s outermost layer, the stratum corneum, is made up of tough skin cells that contain keratin and natural moisturisers. It also help to prevent environmental toxins from penetrating your skin, keeping it healthy and alive. Humectants like hyaluronic acid also help to improve this barrier function by pulling water, from the environment or from inside your body, and binding it to the skin.
It brightens the complexion
Obsessed with the idea of dewy skin? It is a potent ingredient that stimulates skin cell regeneration and its antioxidant properties work to deliver a vibrant and glowing appearance. Try the Hydra Cool Plumping Serum which provides long-lasting, intense hydration and helps combat dull and dry skin. It contains sodium hyaluronate, a stable form of hyaluronic acid with a low molecular weight that allows easy penetration of the product into your skin.