Hyaluronic Acid For Skincare: True Vs False

Even if you are no skincare guru, you probably already know about hyaluronic acid skincare. Products with hyaluronic acid are all the rage these days and every skincare blog you read raves about the uses and benefits of hyaluronic acid for the skin. But do you know how hyaluronic acid works? Will you be able to tell fact from fiction when it comes to this star anti-ageing active ingredient? Read on to test your knowledge about all things hyaluronic acid.

1. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance
TRUE
Hyaluronic acid is present throughout the body. It is found in both humans and animals, concentrated in the joints, the eyes and the skin's dermis. Biodegradable, biocompatible and biomimetic, it's formulated via a biotechnological process using energy and bacteria. Apart from the different hyaluronic acid benefits for the skin, its main function is to retain the moisture in your body and keep your tissues and joints well lubricated. Hyaluronic acid, also helps your skin appear more youthful, but more on that later!

2. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are the only way to get smooth skin
FALSE
While hyaluronic acid fillers are a great way to quickly improve the hyaluronic acid levels in the skin, you do not need to poke yourself with needles to reap the acid’s benefits. Ingesting hyaluronic acid capsules orally or using topical skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid are other effective ways to increase your body’s supply of hyaluronic acid.

3. Hyaluronic acid acts at various levels
TRUE
The hyaluronic acid molecule acts like a sponge in the dermis, capturing water and multiplying its volume a thousand fold. Which is why hyaluronic acid skincare products are famous for their plumping and moisturizing action. Depending on the molecule's size, it can penetrate the skin's various layers in order to regenerate and restructure them. The smaller the size of the molecule, the deeper it penetrates the skin's tissues. In the dermis, these smaller fragments of hyaluronic acid then stimulate body to produce its version, alongside collagen fibres.

By penetrating deep into the skin layers, the products with hyaluronic acid can work their magic from within to keep your skin naturally plump and full. For example, the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Fresh Mix Serum Sheet Mask is enriched with skin active plumping essence and hyaluronic acid to you give you plump, smooth, and radiant skin. Known to retain up to 1000x its weight in water, the hyaluronic acid in the hydrating hyaluronic acid sheet mask helps the skin remain hydrated and enhances the skin’s natural radiance. The new generation advanced cellulose tissue mask is designed to retain 10X* more essence to intensely penetrate into skin layers. L'Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5 % Hyaluronic Acid Serum leaves the skin feeling comfortable and supple. Sadly, with age your natural hyaluronic acid levels drop and your skin becomes drier, duller, and more fragile. This is where skincare products containing hyaluronic acid come into play, as you need to replenish your stocks for your skin to look gorgeously plump.

4. Hyaluronic acid levels remain constant in your body
FALSE
The amount of hyaluronic acid in the body decreases as you get older. This reduction partly explains the dehydration and wrinkles that come with age. By the time you are about 50, hyaluronic acid levels in the body will have decreased by about 50 per cent. This causes fine lines to deepen and skin to become less firm.

5. Hyaluronic acid is great for ageing skin
TRUE
The key benefit of hyaluronic acid for the skin is hydration. As well as acting as a hydrating agent in many creams, hyaluronic acid is also used as an anti-ageing ingredient for older skin types. By plumping the skin and boosting your skin’s collagen production, hyaluronic acid products help to decrease the depth of your wrinkles, making them less visible with regular use. Some hyaluronic acid skincare products also improve your skin’s elasticity, making your skin appear firm and tight over time.

For example, the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler [HA] Anti-Ageing Day Cream and face moisturizer visibly reduces wrinkles, re-firms skin, and refines skin texture to give you younger looking and radiant skin. The anti-ageing day cream also improves your skin’s hydration and increases your skin’s elasticity. With regular use, the Revitalift day cream will help your skin tighten over time!

6. Hyaluronic acid is an exfoliant
FALSE
Since this is classified as an acid, most people tend to put it in the same category as other chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid or glycolic acid. But unlike these acids, products with hyaluronic acid do not exfoliate the skin. Hyaluronic acid skincare products instead help your skin retain moisture, improve your skin’s hydration, and acts as humectants.

Keep reading more of our articles to know more uses of hyaluronic acid for the skin!