What is it, you say?
// Hyaluronic Acid //
But what is hyaluronic acid (HA)? It can go by different names such as hyaluronan or sodium hyaluronate but no matter the name, its function is very clear. To keep things short, it is the ultimate solution to retaining moisture in the skin.
It’s a big deal.
So, I’ll go into a little more detail.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (a type of carbohydrate) that plays a critical role in the extracellular matrix of the skin. I know that that was a lot just now so I can break it down even further. Essentially, HA is very important for the proper functioning and structure of our skin. It is involved in a variety of biological processes throughout the body from skin protection and infection prevention to inflammation regulation and joint pain relief. It also happens to be really good at attracting, absorbing, and retaining water.
This brings me to the next point:
What Hyaluronic Acid Can Do for Your Skin
Hyaluronic acid is present all over the body but it is heavily concentrated in the skin, constituting almost 50% of total body HA. With its ability to hold almost 6 liters of water with only 1 gram, it is very powerful at holding moisture. It can literally bind up to 1,000 times its volume in water. Due to HA’s strong water-binding potential, research has shown that HA-based creams improve skin hydration and skin elasticity, combating the usual effects of the aging process.
However, the amount of hyaluronic acid present in our skin declines as we grow older, significantly impacting our skin’s ability to retain moisture. Exposure to pollution and UV radiation further worsen the aging of our skin. With this loss of moisture, skin elasticity is also negatively affected, causing the skin to lose some of its bounce and allowing fine lines to appear. A good way to counteract the decrease in HA content in our skin is to utilize an external source of HA such as HA-based cosmetic applications, among other methods. Since hyaluronic acid is a compound naturally made in our bodies, it can be easily absorbed into our skin.
One thing to keep in mind is that hyaluronic acid is naturally a large molecule and therefore yields the best results when it is broken down into a smaller size, allowing it to penetrate one’s skin. That means that products that utilize smaller HA molecules, such as those in a nano size, will do wonders for your skin. Look for these kinds of skincare products. If HA is not formulated properly, it will pretty much just sit on top of your skin, minimizing any benefit.
Also, hyaluronic acid proves to be really effective for people with dry and dehydrated skin, as well as for people who want to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Its powerful water-retaining abilities will help moisturize and nourish those whose skin is experiencing a lack of adequate hydration. The compound enhances the elasticity and turgor of one's skin, helping to slow the progression of fine lines. In general, anyone with any skin type should take advantage of the benefits of HA, replenishing what we naturally lose over time.
Wrapping things up
There has been a large move towards using hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient in cosmetic items as a whole and we at SNP Cosmetics are pretty happy about that. We have made sure to incorporate hyaluronic acid into a bunch of our products. We take pride in creating skincare products that are safe and suitable for all skin types so that everyone can feel good in their own skin. So, I am going to end things here and leave you all with a list of SNP items that you can check out:
- Pepta Firming Active Seal Mask
- PER F:T Bio-Cell Double Moisturizing Mask
- Blue Tension Hydra Lifting Sheet Mask
- Charcoal Mineral Black Ampoule Mask
Stay tuned for more articles on a variety of skincare topics!
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Brenda Eruo is a digitally savvy marketing professional (and soon-to-be MBA graduate) with a proven track record in implementing marketing strategies, managing social media accounts, creating traditional/web content, and more. Brenda writes about a multitude of skincare and beauty topics, from the benefits of ingredients to the proper application/usage of different skincare products.