If you’re tired of experimenting with various lotions and potions in the quest for dewy, luminous skin (like our gorgeous box collaborator, Millie Mackintosh!) then chances are you’re missing one vital ingredient in your skincare arsenal – hyaluronic acid. It might be just the magic touch that you need to transform a dry, dull complexion into skin with that lit-from-within glow. Want to know exactly how it works? It’s time to find out why hyaluronic acid might just be one of the most powerful hydrators in beauty…
A.K.A.: Sodium Hyaluronate, HA, Hyaluronan
Derived from: Though hyaluronic acid is created naturally in our bodies, the form used in skincare products is most commonly produced by microbial cells in laboratories.
Characteristics: Clear, odourless, and a little gelatinous — kind of like jelly!
What it does: Hyaluronic acid plays a big role in keeping our joints, eyes, and even skin cells operating smoothly. It also works to heal and repair skin by encouraging the migration of cells called fibroblasts. Why are fibroblasts such a big deal? They produce collagen, a group of proteins that play a major role in the skin’s structural framework, warding off wrinkles. Like your alcohol tolerance and love of boy bands, your body’s hyaluronic acid production decreases as you age, which is why topical application becomes a must.
How it works: Hyaluronic acid attracts and holds moisture in a big way – HA molecules can hold up to one thousand times their weight in water. Where does this water come from? It draws moisture from deeper in the skin and brings it to the surface, resulting in a more dewy, hydrated, and radiant-looking complexion.
Where to find it: For an instant dose of moisture, the Indeed Labs hydraluron™ moisture boosting mask is absolutely drenched with this wonder ingredient! Pop it on for 15 minutes then massage in the remaining serum for up to 24 hours of hydration. For a daily oil-free moisturiser that packs a punch, The Hero Project Hyasoft™ Instant Moisture Boost delivers major radiance without any grease or heaviness.