You probably seen the term Hyaluronic acid ubiquitously in magazines, in many skincare products and even in some body lotion. So what is this age defying miraculous ingredient that everybody swears by?
Hyaluronic acid ( Hya-Lu-Ro-Nic Acid) is a sugar molecule found commonly in our skin and joints. It is a humectant which can draw moisture from air and keep your skin moist, holding almost 1000 times its own weight in water! Think it as a sponge absorbing all the water!
Wow. No wonder it is able to make your skin ‘plump’ and dewy.
What is Hyaluronic Acid for?
As we age, we will definitely lose hyaluronic acid and collagen in our skin, making our skin more dehydrated and more fine lines will appear as well. On the other hand, certain skin-care products, and underlying skin conditions can cause tiny breaks in the protective skin barrier, allowing water to escape and thus making it dehydrated or dry.
Hyaluronic acid benefits are :
- moisturize skin
- reduce appearances of wrinkles
- speeds wound healing
Who should use hyaluronic acid?
Although hyaluronic acid has the word ‘acid’ in it, its actually a misnomer. It is touted as a safe and fast absorbing ingredient and has been a favourite for many skin care products. Therefore, anybody even those with sensitive skin can use it. In general, the ingredient is non irritating and can be used for acne skin, rosacea or allergic conditions.
How do we use it?
This a little tip I would always tell my patients – apply in on damp skin. Skincare Hyaluronic acid itself does not contain water. If your skin is dry, it will pull any residual moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to hydrate the surface. Therefore, it is best if you apply it on damp skin so it will draw water from the surface or environment into the skin. Then lock it in with a moisturizer.
Are there other forms of hyaluronic acid ?
Yes! If you look around cosmetics and skin care products, you may even find words like ‘ sodium hyaluronate’ which is actually the salt form of Hyaluronic acid. However, the function is the same which is to retain moisture and draw water molecules into the skin, giving it a ‘bounce’ and suppleness.
Also, there are injectable forms like fillers and Profhilo.
For fillers, the acid presents as a gel-like product that, once injected, attracts water to regenerate volume and recreate lost structure. It is able to restructure, contour your looks and is able to replenish back the volume that has been lost over the years. The hyaluronic acid used are usually high molecular weight and low molecular weight which is linked with a special technology that renders them into a gel like product. However, fillers cannot be used for skin hydration.
Profhilo is an injectable moisturizer due to its high concentration of hyaluronic acid. It is perfect for those who have applied serum with the acid yet their skin is particularly parched and wrinkled. At times, when our skin is unable to absorb anymore products, it’s time to gear up and try injectable moisturizers.
Of course, there are also various skin boosters which are made from hyaluronic acid albeit in lesser concentration compared to Profhilo. Those can also be injected into the skin monthly for maintaining hydration.
If you have any questions about skin, or skin condition, kindly contact Kaiteki at 011-33017188/010-3681400 to schedule an appointment!
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