Don’t be put off by the mouthful of a name, hyaluronic acid is a skin’s best friend when used well.
What actually is hyaluronic acid?
Naturally found in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is capable of holding 1000X its weight in water in each skin cell to ensure skin stays fresh, hydrated and youthful. However, as we age the levels of hyaluronic acid start to deplete which leads to dullness, wrinkles and lack of firmness. Never fear! There’s plenty of actions you can take to ensure your levels of this important acid are kept boosted, and here’s why you’d want to.
Benefits of hyaluronic acid
Goodbye wrinkles: Joints, skin and cells all benefit from the lubricating effects of hyaluronic acid, and as we age it’s important to keep these benefits in place. Applying products with hyaluronic acid in help to plump up the skin and smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles.
Heal me: Just as good at healing as it is hydrating, hyaluronic acid can give your skin’s ability to heal and repair itself a real boost. Take wisely to promote moisture and anti-inflammatory processes, especially for skin recovery post laser treatment or skin peel.
Strong skin: Dry/dehydrated skin = vulnerable skin, as damage becomes more likely as do infections. So create yourself a beautiful barrier with moisture-rich skin that will outlast any nasties, plus hyaluronic acid will increase your skin’s antioxidant defense to fight UV damage. A double win!
What are some sources of hyaluronic acid?
Because of its ability to retain water, you'll also find hyaluronic acid in a lot of hydrating skincare products including face serums and moisturisers.
One of the best ways to increase hyaluronic acid production in your body is to ingest it.
Foods high in hyaluronic acid will mean your cells ability to attract and retain water is increased - leading to plumper, smoother skin and an all round healthy glow. Stock up on the following next time you’re at the market for your hyaluronic acid diet!
Citrus Power: Citrus fruits all contain naringenin, which inhibits the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, meaning all that good moisture in your skin will be retained. Eat plenty of oranges, tomatoes, grapefruits and bananas to promote longer lasting hydration at a deep level.
Glorious Greens: There’s always things to love about greens, and furthering our love of them is the fact they contain magnesium, which is a necessary catalyst to help with hyaluronic acid production in the body. More greens means more suppleness where it counts.
Bowl of Broth: Warm up with a bowl of broth and do your skin some good at the same time. Simmer some bones in water for a period of 24 hours or so to get the most hyaluronic acid out of them as possible and reap the benefits of drinking a delicious skin tonic.
Super Soy: Foods containing estrogen may help the production of hyaluronic acid in the body, so up your intake of tofu, edamame and tempeh to further the benefits. Mix them into a stir fry, salad or have them as a snack - these are perfect for plant-based eaters needing a hyaluronic acid boost.
Starchy Roots: Anything that may increase the production of hyaluronic acid is good in our books, so next time you’re in the kitchen try putting together a meal containing potatoes, kumara or yams for a supercharged meal.
Products with hyaluronic acid
Products with hyaluronic acid draw moisture from the air and pull it into the skin to keep it hydrated all day long.
Ultraceuticals’s B2 Hydrating serum
Ultraceuticals offers plenty of products with hyaluronic acid present but B2 Hydrating serum is the serum with the most. Packed full of B vitamins panthenol and niacinamide it has everything you need to balance and restore your lipid barrier. Use it morning and night if you are feeling particularly dehydrated this winter.
Thalgo's anti-ageing Silicium range
Thalgo’s anti-ageing Silicium Marin range is yet another transformative selection of their skincare products inspired by the ocean, specifically formulated to target deep wrinkles and correct loss of firmness. This range is the perfect anti-ageing solution with Silicium encapsulated in micro-sponges for a slow release, and Silicium grafted onto plumping Hyaluronic Acid.
Can hyaluronic acid be used every day?
Yes! We recommend applying a product with hyaluronic acid to your face at least once a day, after you have cleansed and applied your active serums. Your skin should be slightly damp before applying hyaluronic acid. Follow with an SPF moisturiser (for the morning) or your regular night cream or mask (in the evening). Try mixing a little hyaluronic acid into a face mask before hopping into bed for the night (it will give your skin a great little hydration boost whilst you sleep).
Treatments with hyaluronic acid
Here are our picks for the best facial treatments featuring the one and only hyaluronic acid: