Why is Hyaluronic Acid so Important for Skincare?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can be found in many skincare products, including Young Ever After’s MAX REVITAL-EYES Natural Rapid Firming Eye Serum. You may wonder, what makes it such a powerful ingredient and why is it used in skincare?
HA is a sugar that occurs naturally in the body, including the skin, eyes, and joints. The primary function of HA is to provide moisture to these areas of the body. HA can also be introduced to the body via ingestible supplements, topical creams and serums, as well as injectables.
Hyaluronic acid plays a crucial role in skin moisture. As we age, the moisture in our skin decreases, so applying or taking some form of supplemental hyaluronic acid becomes a good option for maintaining skin hydration. There have been numerous studies validating the benefits of using hyaluronic acid for the face and body. Here is what you need to know . . .
The single most important use of HA in skincare is that it helps to hydrate skin. HA can be taken as a supplement, or applied topically as a cream or serum. HA can increase skin moisture and substantially improve the quality of life for those with dry skin. One study has demonstrated an increase of skin hydration of up to 96% after 8 weeks of use across the different types of HA products.
HA has also been shown to smooth skin texture. Think anti-wrinkle here. When a person experiences changes in their skin, it can have an adverse psychosocial impact. This can occur during the aging process. An older study found that hyaluronic acid can help reduce the roughness of a person’s skin and increase skin elasticity. This makes it a strong ingredient for anti-aging skincare products. Young Ever After will make extensive use of this ingredient in its products, where synergistically possible.
Naturally, one of the strongest uses of HA is for anti-aging. Around 50% of the body’s total hyaluronic acid is present in the skin. Changes (reduction) in the amount of HA can lead to the formation of wrinkles. This happens for myriad reasons, primarily due UV damage from un exposure. Continued, long-term use of HA can significantly decrease the depth of wrinkles and enhance skin firmness and elasticity. A 2014 study involved women applying hyaluronic acid topically, twice daily, for 8 weeks. The results revealed up to a 40% decrease in the depth of wrinkles and an up to 55% increase in skin firmness and elasticity compared with participants who did not apply the hyaluronic acid. This is strong evidence of the beneficial use of HA in skincare.
Can you use HA every day? Well, how often a person can use hyaluronic acid will depend on the type of HA product. Typically, a person can use skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid twice a day. Nonetheless, it’s important to read directions for use, as products do vary.
Are there side effects? People using hyaluronic acid regularly generally report very few side effects. This is probably because the body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, which means there is little risk of an allergic reaction.
These are just a few of the benefits of hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in skincare. It is a very versatile product and helpful with other things such as healing wounds, alleviating joint discomfort, dermatitis, reducing acid reflux, helping maintain health gums, soothing dry eyes, and assisting with vaginal dryness (remember HA moisturizes)!
More than anything the purpose of this post is to spotlight hyaluronic acid, as it can help one maintain a youthful appearance and fight or slow signs of aging. It is a dynamic ingredient for skincare products.
As always, ensure you take precautions and consult with a qualified medical professional prior to using any supplement or topical ingredient. Ensure that anyone providing you with injectable HA has proper credentials to do so.