Achieve a Glowing, Youthful Look Using Hyaluronic Acid
A Beginners Guide to Using Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is more than just a skincare buzzword. It’s a powerful ingredient found naturally within our bodies that holds water and keeps skin looking fresh and hydrated. Here’s what you should know about this powerful skincare ingredient.
For several decades, hyaluronic acid (HA) has been widely used in clinical applications including wound repair, arthritis treatments, and eye surgeries. Recently, it’s gained popularity in the cosmetic and skincare industries due to its hydrating, anti-aging properties.
Does hyaluronic acid deserve all the positive press? Let’s find out
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that is naturally produced in the body. About half resides in skin tissues, while the other half is located in connective tissues, joints, and eyes. Hyaluronic acid’s jelly-like consistency lubricates eyes and joints, heals wounds, and gives structure to the skin.
Along with elastin and collagen, hyaluronic acid forms the extracellular matrix that provides skin structure and texture. With its outstanding ability to attract and bind water molecules, hyaluronic acid is an effective humectant that pulls water from the dermis or the environment and moves it to the skin’s surface layer, the epidermis. This transfer of water molecules plumps up the skin while keeping it hydrating and refreshed.
Increase Hyaluronic Acid with Proper Nutrients
Increasing your intake of certain foods can help promote additional hyaluronic acid production. Bone broth and collagen powders are rich in HA, while citrus fruits inhibit its breakdown. Additionally, soy-based foods, starchy root vegetables, and leafy greens naturally stimulate the production of this powerful molecule.
Benefits of Using Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare
As we age, hyaluronic acid levels within the body decrease. At around age 40, skin begins to dry out, wrinkles form, and fine lines suddenly frame our eyes and mouths. Oftentimes, visible signs of aging are even apparent at an earlier age due to stress, excess sun exposure, and subjection to pollution, free radicals, and other harmful elements.
To augment the lower levels of hyaluronic acid, implement a supplement and skin care regimen that incorporates hyaluronic acid. Here are just a few of the many benefits:
1. Improved skin hydration
One hyaluronic acid molecule can hold water as much as 1,000 times its weight. This enables it to provide the ultimate hydration to the skin, serving as a highly effective moisturizer when applied topically. As a macromolecule, it’s too large for the skin to absorb, but helps mitigate trans-epidermal water loss (or water that evaporates out of the skin). Think of it as a protective film that surrounds the skin, promoting moisture retention and hydration. While there are a variety of ways to introduce hyaluronic acid to your skin, a hydrating face mask, such as Hydramemory Leave-on Mask, applied during the day or as a night treatment may provide a beneficial boost.
2. Younger-looking skin
Because of its hydrating power, hyaluronic acid helps the skin look and feel firmer and smoother. Fine lines become less visible and wrinkles are reduced. For better results, hyaluronic acid is synthesized into sodium hyaluronate - a salt that retains most of HA’s properties but has a lower molecular weight. With its decreased size, sodium hyaluronate, also called micro hyaluronic acid, penetrates deeper into the skin, plumping it from the outside in. This gives the skin a radiant and dewy skin appearance, facilitating a youthful glow. Experience its beneficial corrective properties of fine lines and wrinkles that’s to the Sublime Skin Serum (create link) which includes both micro and micro hyaluronic acid. Combined with Sublime Skin Cream it reduces the appearance of wrinkles up to -20%.
3. Better than collagen
Collagen has long been used as an anti-aging ingredient in many skincare products. However, hyaluronic acid might trump this beloved ingredient when it comes to taking years off of your skin. Like collagen, it can be used as a dermal filler to make deep lines and wrinkles disappear. HA may be utilized to re-contour the face by plumping the lips and cheeks. It lasts longer than collagen but it is less likely to cause adverse reactions. Eventually, the HA molecules are absorbed into the body. Moreover, hyaluronic acids are reversible when dissolved with hyaluronidase.
4. Works on all skin types
Among the many wonderful benefits of hyaluronic acid is its ability to increase moisture levels without increasing sebum levels. Regardless of your skin type, hyaluronic acid won’t exacerbate acne, increase the risk of breakouts, or cause irritation. Using a non-greasy, lightweight formulation such as Hydramemory Serum immediately increases hydration and prolongs it throughout the day, even benefitting acne-prone, oily skin by calming redness and reducing inflammation.
5. Healthier skin
Hyaluronic acid is also believed to have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Clinically, hyaluronic acid serums and gels are used on wounds and post-operative treatment. When applied to wounds, it may reduce the risk of infection and facilitate healing. It also helps alleviate pain and regulate inflammation. In the cosmetic industry, an HA serum is often recommended after a laser treatment or chemical peel to promote the regeneration of new skin cells.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is available in various forms depending on the specific purpose and use. It can be taken as an oral supplement, injectable, or included as a primary ingredient in skincare products.
As a supplement
Hyaluronic acid supplements boost the levels of the skin’s anti-aging molecules. One dose of 120 to 240 mg per day for three months has been shown to effectively decrease the appearance of wrinkles and combat skin damage.
Oral supplements can mitigate a decrease of hyaluronic acid in the body due to exposure to harmful elements such as UV rays, tobacco smoke, and pollution.
As a topical product
Today, hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in moisturizing creams, lotions, and serums. Comfort Zone boasts Hydramemory, a whole line of hyaluronic acid products for younger skin and has included it in the anti-aging formulas of Sublime Skin along with other potent replumping and correcting botanical extracts. With a variety of topical products available, it’s easy to incorporate this hydrating molecule into your skincare routine. For better efficacy, apply to damp skin after cleansing and toning preferably with an essence which is more concentrated in moisturizing factors than a regular toner. Hyaluronic acid must be used in conjunction with a moisturizer to prevent drawing moisture away from the epidermis.
For anti-aging benefits, use a hyaluronic acid gel serum, if you are younger, formulation of at least 1%, or an anti-aging rich in hyaluronic acid and other corrective components to ensure visible glow and tone. Or, look for sodium hyaluronate on the ingredient list, as this is more easily absorbed into the skin than standard hyaluronic acid. While some results are instantly visible, full benefits may take at least 4 weeks to appear.
As a dermal filler
For instant results, hyaluronic acid can be used as a dermal filler. It can be injected in specific areas and provides almost immediate results that makes skin appear years younger. The procedure is fast and generally painless - taking less than an hour to add volume to the face and lips. A numbing agent minimizes discomfort at the injection site and swelling should disappear by the next day.
As a dermal filler, hyaluronic acid diminishes wrinkles and fine lines for a youthful appearance. Since the skin will gradually absorb the injected hyaluronic acid, the procedure may be conducted every six months.
If you prefer a more natural yet very effective solution, we recommend Hydramemory Facial - a deeply hydrating, antioxidant treatment for face, neck and décolleté. It’ll leave your skin hydrated and silky, while restoring tone and correcting the appearance of wrinkles. The special Hydra brush massage will boost its benefits and pleasantness. Book your next treatment via our spa locator.
Safe Way to Flawless Skin
Undoubtedly, using hyaluronic acid is among the safest and gentlest ways to achieve younger-looking skin. It not only offers superior hydration but also works as an antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent. Moreover, it can be easily added to any skincare regimen and is suitable for all skin types. Follow our advice and ask for more info to your [ comfort zone ] beauty therapist!