“Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is polysaccharide (essentially a very large sugar!). It is naturally occurring in connective tissue throughout our bodies, with 50 percent of it being found in our skin,” says Beauty by the Geeks.
It plays a big part in our skin retaining moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
As we age our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down. Hence the reason that skincare brands are adding it to their products.
What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid to the skin?
Hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge holding vast amounts of water in the skin, effectively plumping out the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also improving the hydration level and texture of the skin.
Different ways to add hyaluronic acid to your skin
- injecting it into the dermis (dermal fillers)
- applying it to the skin (as a cream or serum). Although the molecule is too large to get down into the dermis layer, it acts as a water-attracter, drawing water into the skin to keep it hydrated, supple and act as a barrier.
What should I look for when buying a skincare product
You can tell whether the product contains hyaluronic acid by checking if it contains one or more of the following: sodium hyaluronate, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid and sodium acetyl hyaluronate.
The Éminence Organic Skin Care range that we use and sell at Brooklyn Greenspa has multiple products that contain nature’s naturally occurring botanical hyaluronic acid. Brooklyn Greenspa’s Age Defying Facial uses Firm Skin Acai Cleanser, Firm Skin Acai Booster Serum, Strawberry Rhubarb Serum, Firm Skin Acai Moisturiser, Firm Skin Acai Masque and a Strawberry Rhubarb Masque, all containing botanical hyaluronic acid which attracts moisture to the skin.
If you have any more questions about hyaluronic acid, or any experiences of having used it, post a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!