Don’t get caught up on the name. Hyaluronic acid is far from being a chemical man-made product, it is actually a substance that is naturally produced by your body. Unlike salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids, hyaluronic acid does not exfoliate the skin. Instead, it’s main function is to retain water to keep tissues and skin hydrated.
…Okay, what's the big fuss about? What specifically does it do for your skin?
Hyaluronic acid has a super power, it holds one thousand times times its own weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is the most powerful natural moisturizer. Hydration is a key part in having a glowing and clear skin. What you may not know is, hydrated skin is also the most essential factor in premature skin aging prevention. As we get older, our body’s capacity to segrate Hyaluronic acid decreases which is the cause of wrinkles, lines, and sagginess in the skin.
How to Choose the Right One for You?
If you’re using a serum or a cream marketed toward plumping and hydrating, chances are you’re already using a product with hyaluronic acid. However, to get the most out of this ingredient, look closely at your product’s ingredient list. Some formulations claim that they contain hyaluronic acid even though the amount is very small. To be sure, look for the ingredient ‘sodium hyaluronate’ early in the ingredient list. The Hyaluxil-C Serum by Olam Skincare has the perfect amount of Hyaluronic Acid and its mixed with a great combination of ingredients like Vitamin C, Angireline, and Matrixyl 3000.
Hyaluronic acid is a big molecule, and if not formulated well, it may just sit on the skin’s surface. I would also look for products that are paraben-free, fragrance-free and propylene glycol–free.”
More Tips for Keeping Skin Hydrated:
Adding a hyaluronic acid serum to your skin care routine is one of the best and easiest ways to boost your skin’s hydration levels, especially if you’re struggling with skin that often feels tight and dry. But that’s not the only thing you can do to help your skin get as much moisture as it needs. Here are some more tips:
Avoiding over-washing and scrubbing your skin. This type of mechanical exfoliation damages the skin barrier and makes it harder for the skin to hold on to moisture. Mild exfoliation is key, and chemical exfoliation is the preferred way to do this. This will gently remove the old, surface skin layers. By removing these layers, your moisturizer and/or hyaluronic acid serum will be more effective.
Amp up hydration through your diet. Not necessarily drinking a ton of water, which is also critical. Certain foods may increase the production of hyaluronic acid, like green leafy and root vegetables, citrus fruits and soy-based foods.