Anti-aging skin care is all the rage, as women everywhere are constantly on the prowl for the next best thing to keep wrinkles and sagging skin at bay. Along with retinol, hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most renowned anti-aging ingredients.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Our body naturally produces this acid, which not only keeps our skin hydrated and youthful, but also lubricates our eyes and joints. As we age, the body’s natural hydration and naturally produced hyaluronic breaks down, which is what ultimately leads to fine lines and wrinkles. The less moisturized the skin is, the more it tends to sag and lose its structure. HA is unique in that it holds an impressive amount of moisture, therefore it can easily and effectively provide hydration, helping the skin remain supple and glowing. One of the most impressive things of note about HA is that it hydrates without over hydrating — when the skin becomes too moisturized, it no longer retains all of the key substances it requires.
What forms is hyaluronic acid available in?
HA is used in gel form to treat mouth sores, as an oral medication to ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and as a liquid during eye and cataract surgeries.
Sometimes referred to as the fountain of youth, hyaluronic acid is available as a skin care treatment in the form of injectables, serums, and moisturizers. The simplest and most effective way to get a boost of hyaluronic acid is in a serum — a formula of tiny molecules that deeply penetrate the skin — especially if you have oily or combination skin. It’s notable, too, that hyaluronic acid is such a gentle ingredient it can be used on any type of skin, no matter its sensitivities or conditions, and is effective at calming inflamed blemishes and red complexions.
Companies such as Allergan’s Botox, Juvéderm and Ultra Plus incorporate hyaluronic acid in their injectables that treat fine lines and wrinkles.