It seems that almost every skincare ingredient, at one point or another, has its "moment"—when it’s the latest or hottest thing available. That’s certainly the case right now with hyaluronic acid, with its benefits touted in numerous beauty magazines and skincare ads. As you might suspect, and as we’ve told you in many reviews and articles, some of these trendy ingredients are more hype than actual results, but hyaluronic acid’s fame is well-earned. It is packed with benefits, and can benefit all skin types, especially skin showing signs of aging.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Work?
Scientifically speaking, hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan) is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of molecule composed partly of sugars. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body.
So why is hyaluronic acid such a big deal? The magic of this ingredient lies in its ability to retain moisture; it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer. In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters of water (International Journal of Toxicology, July/August 2009)!
This is important with regard to aging because one of the hallmarks of youthful skin is its moisture content. As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and pliability (Dermatoendorocronology, 2012).
Note: This does not mean that everyone’s skin becomes dry with age; it simply means that skin lacks the amount of moisture it had in its youth due to sun damage and/or other factors. Without question, you can still have oily skin in your 60s (perhaps just not as oily as it was in your 20s)!
Hyaluronic acid can improve your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen skin’s barrier; that is, the outer layers of your skin. A healthy barrier looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper—all hallmarks of younger-looking skin! But, with hyaluronic acid, that’s not all you get—there are many additional benefits beyond just a more youthful appearance.
We know that just about everything, from sun damage and acne to sensitive skin and rosacea, can lead to a damaged barrier, so repairing skin’s barrier with skin-identical ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, can go a long way toward fixing, or at least minimizing, those issues, which means it’s helpful for all skin types. Its lightweight texture isn’t an issue for oily skin, and it’s gentle enough that it isn’t a problem for sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid is also safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Even better: Hyaluronic acid also provides antioxidant defense against free-radical damage, and reduces inflammation (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2012 & Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2012).
Now that’s what we call a multitasking anti-aging ingredient!
See below for our product recommendations:
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is the ultimate multitasker for your skin. This smooth concentrate targets fine lines, dullness and dehydration restoring a healthy glow, plumpness and radiance.
The lightweight formula, with added Vitamin E can also be used as a velvety smooth makeup primer. Comes in a glass bottle with dropper applicator.
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is 100% free of animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants, paraben free, propylene glycol free, fragrance free and not tested on animals.
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This specialized hyaluronic acid anti-aging booster plumps fine lines and prevents moisture loss when added to your favorite moisturizer or serum.
- Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
- For All Skin Types
- Hyaluronic acid plumps skin to reduce wrinkles & improve elasticity
- Ceramides reinforce skin's barrier & prevent moisture loss
- Liqui-gel formula boosts the hydration & anti-aging benefits of any moisturizer or serum
This unique anti-aging, anti-inflammatory formula features the cell restructuring properties of halophyte plant stem cells. This serum helps promote firm, smooth skin, with fewer visible wrinkles while helping improve skin tone and texture, leaving skin feeling and looking brighter and more radiant than before. Excellent for all skin types.