Skincare regimens are considered important rituals in the name of “self-care” and each routine is different depending upon the person and how they wish to treat their skin. Many people rely on moisturizers, weekly scrubs or face masks to cleanse their skin and rid them of impurities that accumulate throughout the day. While there are a variety of products to use, one that has been trending recently due to its extensive benefits is hyaluronic acid. It is a natural compound our bodies produce to keep our connective tissues lubricated. Although the name sounds suspicious, hyaluronic acid is not an acid that will burn your skin off, but rather can highly moisturize, fix discoloring in the skin and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. It can be used topically as a serum, ingested via supplements or injected on to the skin.
- Promotes healthier-looking skin: Studies show that taking a dose of 120-140mg of hyaluronic acid every day for a month can improve moisturizing conditions in adults. Hydrated skin reduces fine lines and wrinkles and promotes a more youthful look. According to Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group, she states that hyaluronic acid “continually keeps skin moisturized throughout the day,” One gram of hyaluronic acid is the equivalent of 6 Liters of water touching the skin. As people age, there may be a loss of firmness and suppleness and using hyaluronic acid can allow the skin more elasticity and plumpness.
- Increases texture in the skin: One of the benefits of hyaluronic acid is its ability to increase the texture of the skin by acting as a repair and regenerator of the skin cells. When you are young it takes about 28 days for the skin to regenerate and for new cells to emerge, however, once you reach age 25, the production of collagen and cell renewal starts to slow down and it may take the body up to 90 days to produce new cells.
- Improves pigmentation: Discoloration in the skin occurs due to the difference in melanin levels. Melanin provides color to the skin and when the cells are overexposed to sunlight it causes discoloration. When used frequently, hyaluronic acid may restore the skin color.
- It works on all skin types: Hyaluronic acid can be used on any type of skin, including oily ones. Since its main job is to hydrate and retain moisture, it does not increase the production of oil in the skin. It can also be a great tool to use in combination with other products for oily skin.