We may not recognize hyaluronic acid, or HA, by name. Instead, we know the familiar brands of dermal filler solutions that are used today. These are so popular that awareness of them may even overshadow the fact that the primary provider of hyaluronic acid is the body itself. This organic carbohydrate molecule is essential to functional joints, the eyes, and youthful, glowing skin.
The reason why hyaluronic acid is used to support various parts of the body is that one molecule of HA holds 1,000 times its weight in water. In the joints, this provides cushioning. In the eyes and on the skin, HA is essential to moisture. This is why, when a hyaluronic acid dermal filler is injected into the tissue beneath a line or crease, the skin becomes smooth and plump. As valuable as HA is for anti-aging using dermal fillers, there are also several benefits to having this ingredient in your skincare products.
Hyaluronic Acid Holds Moisture
If hyaluronic acid can be introduced beneath the surface to hold moisture, and it does so within the joints of the body, we can also expect for the tiny molecules to work magic when applied topically. Here’s the thing about HA molecules, they are too large to be absorbed into the skin. However, this isn’t a bad thing, because when the acid is applied to the epidermis after the skin has been hydrated with serum or with water when you wash your face, it holds that moisture in.
Hyaluronic Acid Preserves the Skin’s Protective Barrier
The skin has a natural protective barrier that contains a strong layer of lipids, or oils, to keep pollutants and free radicals out. Hyaluronic acid applied topically integrates with the lipids in the skin’s barrier to prevent dehydration and subsequent skin dryness. Keeping the protective barrier intact is particularly essential for individuals with chronic skin conditions like eczema.
Hyaluronic Acid Fights Acne
The fight against acne becomes that much easier when hyaluronic acid is an ingredient you demand for your skin. Acne flare-ups may be triggers by two things: dry skin and excessive oil production. The hydrating effect of hyaluronic acid improves natural moisture, which inhibits the overproduction of oil in the glands beneath the skin. Additionally, HA combats the dryness that may result from acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
The winter season is an excellent time to visit our Denver med-spa for help maintaining the moisture and overall health of your skin. Contact us to schedule your consultation and treatment at (303) 839-1616.