How Hyaluronic Acid Benefits The Skin

If there is one MVP in the world of skincare ingredients that will give you plump, hydrated, and glowing skin, it is hyaluronic acid. You have probably read, heard, and seen enough about this superhero anti-ageing active ingredient to know that it deserves a place in your daily skincare regime. Hyaluronic acid is a top dermatologist-recommended ingredient to look out for if you are searching for skincare products that are designed to help you achieve a healthy-looking and dewy complexion.

But how exactly does hyaluronic acid work? What are the different benefits and uses of hyaluronic acid for the skin? Keep reading to learn more about this ingredient and how it can enhance your skin.

• What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a major component that is found naturally in your skin that works like a magnet for moisture, helping your skin retain as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears hydrated and plump. Known to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, hyaluronic acid increases the hydration in your skin and keeps your skin looking full and bouncy.

But as you grow older, the naturally produced hyaluronic acid levels in your body deplete due to age and environmental factors such as smoking and air pollution can also accelerate this process. When that happens, your skin retains less water and this loss of moisture results in drier, rougher, and lined skin. To combat the decreasing levels of hyaluronic acid, you can apply it topically as creams, serums, sheet masks, etc. or also get hyaluronic acid fillers. When hyaluronic acid is topically applied, it helps to hydrate the skin and maintain its moisture levels.

• How does hyaluronic acid benefit the skin?
Benefit #1: Hydration
Probably the most commonly talked about benefit of hyaluronic acid for hydration. Skin hydration is important because hydrated skin looks plumper, healthier, younger, and more radiant. Skin ageing has a lot to do with the loss of skin moisture and keeping it hydrated is important for a glowing and dewy appearance.

Benefit #2: Anti-ageing
Skin ageing is associated with lack of hydration and hyaluronic acid is key when it comes to combating signs of ageing. Using hyaluronic acid for ageing skin hydrates and plumps up the skin, making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Applying hyaluronic acid for under eyes is a great way to plump your tear troughs, reduce crow’s feet, and knock off years from your age.

Benefit #3: Brightening
Products formulated with hyaluronic acid can also brighten your skin’s appearance. Your skin will appear smoother and plumped with hydration after using it regularly. Smooth skin reflects light uniformly, making it appear bright and radiant.

Benefit #4: Protection
The topmost layer of your skin, the epidermis, is constantly facing the brunt of different environmental aggressors like pollution, dirt, UV rays, and other factors like toxins, smoking, poor lifestyle habits, etc. The lipid barrier of the skin is your skin’s natural barrier that protects your skin against these damages. But as you age, this protective barrier deteriorates, leaving your skin more vulnerable to the aggressors. Hyaluronic acid strengthens the skin’s natural barriers by locking in the moisture and slowing down the deterioration process.

Not only is hyaluronic acid effective when it comes to hydrating and moisturising the skin and maintaining its youthful appearance, it is also a cult favourite because it is an easily available over the counter skincare hero that is lightweight, non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and non-irritating.

• How to use hyaluronic acid for the skin?
o One of the best ways to introduce hyaluronic acid into your daily skincare regime is by using a face cream or moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. We recommend trying out the Revitalift Filler Anti-Ageing Day Cream by L’Oréal Paris. This hyaluronic acid face cream intensely restores skin plumpiness, fills up lines, reduces wrinkles, moisturizes the skin, and visibly improves skin radiance for a younger look. The micrometric hyaluronic acid and fibroxyl plant extract in the anti-ageing day cream re-firms and hydrates the skin to improve your skin’s texture and volume. Dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types, the Revitalift Filler day cream is perfect if you are just starting out with hyaluronic acid but still want to experience a complete skin transformation. Not only this, hyaluronic acid can also be used in a serum form – for example, the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5 % Hyaluronic Acid Serum, is a lightweight and non-sticky serum, that helps get instant visible results and see your skin getting better day after day! This hyaluronic acid serum penetrates deep into the skin and instantly hydrates your skin! With regular use, it increase your radiance by upto 42%*! Apply this before your day cream each day for better results!

o To instantly hydrate and plump up your skin, treat yourself to a hyaluronic acid sheet mask. The L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Fresh Mix Serum Sheet Mask is an advanced cellulose tissue mask (we told you, it truly is a hero!) that helps skin remain hydrated and enhances skin’s natural radiance. In just 15 minutes, the Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask leaves your skin feeling more plump and smooth. With regular use, your skin will feel firmer and fine lines and wrinkles will be visibly reduced. Use the mask two to three times a week to maintain smooth and younger-looking skin.

o You probably already know that sunscreen is a must-use product in your daily skincare routine. But did you know that you can use a sunscreen with hyaluronic acid to give your skin the benefits of both? Enriched with hyaluronic acid, the UV Perfect Aqua Essence sunscreen by L’Oréal Paris is a great way to not only shield your skin from the damaging sun rays but also enhance your skin’s radiance and keep it hydrated. The UV Perfect Aqua Essence also contains Vitamin E to help your skin fight against free radicals and delay the signs of ageing. The lightweight gel texture of the sunscreen gets easily absorbed into the skin, giving you hydration and moisturization without the stickiness.

Now that you know about the different benefits of hyaluronic acid for the skin and why you should make it a part of your everyday routine, here is another powerhouse active ingredient that will help you age in style – retinol for skincare!