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What is Hyaluronic Acid and Does It Really Work?

What is Hyaluronic Acid and Does It Really Work?

It may be a hard word to pronounce (and spell), however hyaluronic acid is the key to smooth, flawless and hydrated skin. You can find this common skincare ingredient in your favourite serum, sheet mask or moisturiser as it binds to water, plumping your skin to give it that dewy, glowy effect.

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant meaning it’s a magnet for moisture, helping your cells retain as much of it as possible and can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. It’s a bouncy fluid that’s found naturally in our body but as with most things as we age, our levels of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid decrease. Cue sensitive, uneven tone, fine lines, and dullness. There are, however, ways to boost your hyaluronic acid levels through man made versions that your skin should be lapping up on a regular basis.

Hyaluronic acid for skin

Why is Hyaluronic Acid so Important?

The loss of hyaluronic acid in the epidermis is one most significant signs of premature ageing. If you want, plump, hydrated skin then incorporating hyaluronic acid into your routine is a must. Here are some other benefits.

  1. Hyaluronic acid penetrates easily which is why it works so well when applied topically
  2. Improves skin’s firmness and elasticity
  3. When skin is hydrated, lines and wrinkles appear smaller so its great for those with damaged or aged skin
  4. Your skin will feel super soft and plump and look more radiant after using it
  5. It’s moisture boosting properties are suitable for those with mild to moderate eczema

Who Should Use It?

Hyaluronic acid is great for all skin types even those with sensitive skin as it's non-irritating and doesn’t trigger acne, rosacea, or allergic reaction. Those with more mature skin are going to benefit the most from using hyaluronic acid as their natural levels are more depleting so topically applying it will make the most difference to those middle aged or older.

Even though it has the word 'acid' in its name, there are no known side effects to applying hyaluronic acid but as always, when introducing new ingredients and products into your skin care routine, apply a small amount as a patch test and monitor for any adverse side effects.

How To Incorporate Hyaluronic Acid into Your Routine

Hyaluronic acid is a team player and plays well with other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, antioxidants, and other acids. However, steer clear of acids with a low pH like glycolic because it can degrade the hyaluronic acid and make it in effective. You can find hyaluronic acid in moisturisers, eye creams, serums and sheet masks. You can find hyaluronic acid in our super hydrating serum, EPI-gN™ Serum.

Hyaluronic acid serum, EPI-gN Serum

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