Hyaluronic acid – to that less beauty-savvy, it may sound like a very complicated term, something you just wouldn’t want to put anywhere near your skin. Wrong. Hyaluronic acid holds the key to smooth, hydrated skin. But don’t just take our word for it.
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan (may be found on skincare products as HA), is a natural substance that is created by the body and can be found within your skin, connective tissue and within the eyes. The substance is as a magnet, with the retention ability to hold up to 6 litres of water.
Hyaluronic acid has an abundance of uses, some take it as a supplement whilst others use it as a serum, eye drops and so on. We’ve compiled some of the top benefits and why you should take it.
Refreshed, Hydrated Skin
Suffer from dry skin in the winter? Hyaluronic supplements or serums can aid your skin in feeling more supple and refreshed. The natural ageing process of the skin in addition to environmental aggressors such as exposure to UV rays from the sun, smoking and pollution can decrease hyaluronan in the skin so supplements can help this decline.
Reduced Appears of Fine Lines
It’s never too late to protect and nourish your skin. No matter if you’re almost 25 or hitting the 50-year milestone, hydrated skin means a reduction in fine lines and ageing, creating a very plump appearance. There are some studies to back this up showing how supplementing hyaluronic acid can help to make skin appear smoother, suggesting noticeable skin cell production, improving fine lines under the eyes, on the forehead and smile lines. Thus, hyaluronic acid serums being applied topically or ingested can see a reduction in wrinkles, dermatitis, severely dry skin and redness.
Relieves Eye Discomfort
Since hyaluronic acid is exceptional at retaining moisture, it is generally used to treat dry eyes. Eyedrops tend to contain HA, with studies to show that it has greatly improved eye health and improved sight when using contact lenses. Likewise, hyaluronic acid can help to speed up wound healing during eye operations, however, it is somewhat unclear as to how beneficial oral supplements may be for dry eye.
Tighter Looking Skin
As we begin to age, the elastin within our skin begins to breakdown and deplete. A quick way to check the bounceback of your elastin would be to pinch the top of your skin, if it bounces back quickly, you have a lot of elastin. If not, you may be in need of hyaluronic acid to improve the firmness of your skin.
Nobody wants saggy looking skin. Hyaluronic acid won’t improve elastin but has the ability to tighten complexion and firm out the contours of the face for a very youthful appearance. This on top of improving collagen levels with undoubtedly help to improve and bring back the youthful, refreshed glow to your skin.
Hyaluronic acid supplements can be taken every day, in the same way as you would applying topically. HA is well known for its benefits for the skin and is a holy grail for all things related to skin and eye care. So now that you know the benefits, we definitely recommend that you try it out before the winter appears again.