Hyaluronic acid. The word itself sends shivers down my spine and causes images of chemistry class to flash in my head… not pretty. It sounds horrifying, and that’s why I think we should all petition to rename it something less acidic…Let’s all call it “skin couture”. It sounds chic.
Scariness aside, Hyaluronic acid is my new best friend. I have been using this ingredient in various skincare products over the years without even realizing it, and trust me… had I seen the word “acid” on the packaging I would have ran away from it. You see, I have dry, dehydrated, sensitive (kind of) skin, and I tend to go for anything promising nourishment and moisture. Acid seems the opposite, right? Wrong!
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is already naturally present in the human body. It works by acting as a lubricant in the joints and tissues in your body, and is present in the highest concentrations in your eyeballs.
“But, what does this have to do with skincare,” you might wonder?
This little acid is one of the most water-loving molecules in nature and therefore has been described as the “fountain of youth”. The Hyaluronic acid provides moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water, which then plumps your skin. When you lose this naturally occurring acid, which happens with age, you get wrinkles.
The beauty industry is not unaware of this, so it is already in the majority of “hydrating” products out there. You know that Pevonia Botanical Myoxy-Caviar skincare line that I have gushed about for years? I looked it up today, just to see, and sure enough… it has Hyaluronic acid. *Mind Blown*
Some of you might have known this already, and might be thinking, “Geez, Elle, you are late to the game! We have eaten our hot dogs already!” but the majority of you probably will have never thought about what makes the products work the way they do. Call me a geeky beauty girl, but this fascinates me. Sign me up for more!
So the point of this post was to get you to go out and find a product with Hyalourinc acid, and use it! Do it! I don’t care if you have oily, acne-prone skin – every skin type can benefit from this little bundle of joy. (Unless you are allergic to it, in which case I would run away from it and beat it with a stick. But then again, if you are allergic to your own eyeball acid maybe you have already figured out an alternative.)
P.S. If you live in the UK and can get to a Boots, pick up the Hydraluron Moisture Booster from Indeed Labs. I haven’t tried it, (you can’t get it in the US) but it’s meant to be amazing and as soon as I can get my hands on it I will do a review. For you American readers, most skincare brands carry something specifically featuring hyaluronic acid, in serum form. I am trying a few out and will get back to you on my favorites, but the fact that I have been using this all along in my Pevonia skincare line makes me so super happy *waves arms around*.