It’s hard to keep up with the ever changing skincare industry these days, since there seems to be something new showing up at every turn. For example, we’re learning that hyaluronic acid has many benefits for our skin, and we really should consider using more skincare products that include it. Let’s start with the basics, though: Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating carbohydrate your body naturally produces, and it keeps your nerves and joints healthy, while also hydrating your eyes and skin.
When used as a treatment, hyaluronic acid can build collagen (which prevents wrinkles), treat sores, and even provide sunburn relief. It’s not surprising that a lot of skincare products now contain a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid. Whether it’s a serum, cream or mask, a lot of people are finding that their skin is glowing due to the wonders of hyaluronic acid. Some even call it the “fountain of youth.” Okay, we can’t attest to the verity of that claim, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try out some hyaluronic acid products for yourself. Because you might have a lot to gain from them.
Here are four reasons you should give hyaluronic acid skincare products a try.
1They hydrate dry skin
Dr. Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group, told the Huffington Post that hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which is why so many dermatologists recommend it for people with dry skin or eczema.
“When applied topically to the skin, hyaluronic acid holds water to the skin surface to increase hydration of the cells and surface, without occlusion (blockage),” Dr. Wesier said. “This moistens the skin surface to alleviate dryness, facilitate healing and create a protective barrier.”
Dr. Weiser says products with hyaluronic acid are even recommended for people who have just had a procedure such as a chemical peel done, since they can help restore the moisture of your skin.
2They help reduce and prevent wrinkles
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology proved that hyaluronic acid skincare products were linked with less wrinkles and reduced skin sagging. And this all happened within only 30 consecutive days of using the products. This is because hyaluronic acid is said to slow down collagen loss, so over time it can decrease the appearance of sagging skin.
Even if you’re not worried about wrinkles at the moment (or ever), it doesn’t hurt to use a product that will improve the elasticity of your skin, because that’ll definitely come in handy on those mornings when you’re running on very little sleep and you need a pick-me-up.
3They improve the bags under your eyes
Sometimes you’re running on an extremely busy schedule and your tank is close to empty. Those are the kinds of days when you could use a little help taking care of the bags under your eyes. Hyaluronic acid eye creams are known to improve the sagginess of your under eye area, and if you use it regularly over just a couple weeks, studies have shown that you can get some pretty good results from it.
Additionally, hyaluronic acid is known to soothe your skin, so if your eyes are feeling a bit puffy and tender, hyaluronic acid eye creams could be just the thing you need to alleviate the delicate skin around your eyes.
4They’re safe for sensitive skin
An excellent quality of hyaluronic acid is that it doesn’t exfoliate away dead skin cells like other common skincare ingredients. It’s actually more of a cushioning lubricating agent, which means it’s probably not going to make your skin break out or react in an unpleasant way, even if you’ve got sensitive skin. Dr. Weiser told Huffington Post that she believes hyaluronic acid products have a low risk for allergy or sensitivity.
If you’re looking for some visible changes from consistent use of hyaluronic acid, Dr. Weiser recommends purchasing a product that has at least 1 percent of hyaluronic acid. “Hyaluronic acid needs to be applied regularly for best effects because it sits on the skin surface,” she also advises. So don’t think you’ll get immediate results from just a few days of use.
If you want to give hyaluronic products a shot, you can find plenty of options at your local drugstore. As always, though, any specific questions you may have about changing up your skincare routine should be run by dermatologist first.