Hyaluronic acid (also called hyaluronan), is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule that lubricates the connective tissues and the skin. It plays an important role in your skin’s ability to retain water. When there is enough hyaluronic acid in your body, your skin can look hydrated and plump.
It Keeps Your Skin Hydrated
It is able to hold on to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. When hyaluronan penetrates your skin, it binds to the skin cells and infuses all the layers of the skin with moisture.
It Attracts Moisture
Hyaluronic acid is an excellent humectant. After infusing the epidermis (top layer of the skin) with valuable moisture, hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant and continues to draw moisture in from the surrounding environment. This will provide lasting hydration for the skin.
It Fortifies the Skin’s Lipid Barrier
The skin acts as a protective shield for your body. The epidermis has a layer of fatty acids that keep irritants from entering the skin. However, as we age, the skin’s lipid barrier breaks down which results in more fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and drier skin.
Hyaluronic acid fortifies the skin’s natural lipid barrier. It slows down the deterioration process so your skin can function optimally at all times. Furthermore, it increases the resilience of your skin against environmental aggressors such as pollution, harsh weather, and UV radiation.
It Tightens Your Skin
As you age, your skin loses elastin. With the help of hyaluronic acid, you can maintain a plump and soft complexion. As it fills the skin with moisture, hyaluronic acid tightens the overall complexion. It helps firm facial contours for a more youthful appearance.
Furthermore, it reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells.