Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a type of glucosaminoglycan, which is a polysaccharide. You might be thinking, “What does that even mean?” One of the challenges we face in skincare is deciphering the contents of the products we use, especially when they involve biology, chemistry, and other complex processes.
That’s why today, we bring you the ultimate guide to Hyaluronic Acid: What is it? What is it used for? Where is it found? Is it natural? Join us as we explore an ingredient you’ve probably heard and read about everywhere but still haven’t fully understood.
Let’s start with the basics: What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule found in various parts of our body, such as the eyes, cartilage, and the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). One of its properties, and the one that interests us the most in skincare, is its ability to absorb and retain water. It can absorb 1,000 times its weight in water. Yes, you read that correctly, 1,000 times its weight. And what does this mean? It helps maintain the hydration of the skin and, consequently, its overall health and youthfulness.
Imagine your skin as a plant that you water from above with a sprayer. Gradually, it will dry out and wither. In contrast, if you water it directly at the roots, the water will penetrate and distribute the nutrients where the plant needs them. The same principle applies to your skin. Drinking water is important but not sufficient. Having ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent option to prevent, care for, and protect your skin.
Another important aspect of Hyaluronic Acid is that it increases and stimulates collagen production. This, in turn, provides flexibility and elasticity in various areas of our body.
As a natural substance in the body, its production decreases as we age, resulting in signs of aging such as fine lines, loss of firmness, dryness, among others. That’s why it is crucial to include products in your skincare routine that restore hydration and elasticity to the skin, such as our Collagen & Elastin Facial Serum or products containing hyaluronic acid like our DermoProtector SPF 50+ Anti-Aging.
But where did this ingredient everyone is talking about come from? Let’s delve into a bit of history:
Hyaluronic Acid was discovered in 1934 by German pharmacists Karl Meyer and John Palmer. Its first commercial use came about in 1942 when Hungarian scientist Endre Balazs patented it for use as a substitute for egg white in bakery products (yes, at that time, nobody imagined its use would be in skincare and beauty).
Then, in 1996, its usage was introduced in the world of cosmetics, and from there, it gained significant recognition.
So, how does it work?
To answer this question, we need to understand the types of Hyaluronic Acid that exist.
Topical products: These are hydrating and/or moisturizing products, such as our DermoProtector SPF 50+ Anti-Aging with Hyaluronic Acid, which penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, providing elasticity and replenishing the moisture lost by the face and neck.
Supplements: Since Hyaluronic Acid is crucial for collagen production, consuming it in supplement form helps with conditions related to joint wear and tear.
Injections: A localized solution for pronounced expression lines or wrinkles is the use of injectable Hyaluronic Acid. It provides quick results, although it can be uncomfortable for some individuals.
Why is Hyaluronic Acid so important in our skincare?
As something naturally present in our bodies, its levels tend to decrease, leading to different effects depending on the area of our body. Let’s focus on the ones that interest us today: the face and neck. Hydration plays a key role in skin firmness, its youthful appearance, and overall health.
Hyaluronic Acid, with its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, provides the necessary hydration to the epidermis, even reaching the deeper layers. However, it’s not just an ingredient to include in our routines as we age or start experiencing signs of aging. It is a powerful preventive and care resource.
Can you imagine finding a single product that moisturizes, hydrates, protects, and repairs your skin while providing all the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid? At BeautyMate, we are skincare enthusiasts, and we have created products that understand our needs and care for the skin just as we have always dreamed of.
DermoProtector SPF 50+ Anti-Aging with Hyaluronic Acid offers wonderful benefits, such as:
💖 Combating and delaying photoaging.
💖 Ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
💖 Diminishing dark spots.
💖 Helping even out the skin’s natural tone.
💖 Invisible finish.
💖 Prolonged matte effect.
💖 Immediate absorption.
💖 Visibly smoothing fine wrinkles and expression lines.
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Written by our CEO Karen Luna
Professional Pharmaceutical Chemist