Hyaluronic acid is one of the biggest buzzwords in skincare these days. So, what is it? Where does it come from? And most importantly, what kind of amazing benefits can it have for your complexion? Read on to find out exactly how this wonder ingredient works to give you your best, most hydrated skin ever.
So, what exactly is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid a.k.a. HA is a sugar molecule that is found naturally in our skin. But what really makes HA different from other molecules in our body is its veritable superpower. HA has the incredible ability to attract and grab on tight to water—and we mean a lot of water. (It can hold around 1000 times its weight!) This allows hyaluronic acid to increase skin’s moisture levels and leave skin plump. And of course, because it’s such a natural rock star, HA is now being used in skincare products like moisturizers as a popular hydration ingredient.
Does the size of the molecules matter?
They do, yes. HA comes in several different molecular weights, and while the details can get complicated, here’s the basic thing to know: Smaller molecules of HA have the ability to penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, providing longer-term benefits, while larger molecules will hang out closer to skin’s surface delivering immediate hydration. Having both small and large molecules in a single product—a.k.a. instant and long-term benefits—is ideal.
If it’s such a good ingredient, what does hyaluronic acid do for your skin?
Well, first and most importantly, HA hydrates like crazy without leaving behind a heavy or greasy feel, so it’s an ideal addition to products such as moisturizers and eye creams. But it’s also an excellent ingredient choice, because it plays nicely with everyone. It works well on all skin types (but of course, is especially awesome for dry complexions), and it’s also super gentle, so it’s great for sensitive skin, too.
Wow--HA sounds so amazing, I almost wish I could eat it! (Wait, can I?)
Believe it or not, you can. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in certain foods like bone broth and organ meats. In addition, many other foods like soy, sweet potatoes, and kale contain important nutrients that contribute to the production of hyaluronic acid, so munching on those is another way to boost your overall HA levels.
Ok, I’m sold. Where can I find some great skincare products that contain HA?
Right here! Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient in Neolastin’s patented NUFLEX™ technology, which delivers noticeable smoothing, plumping and firming benefits to your complexion. Try it in products like Revitalize & Firm Eye Cream, Rejuvenate & Hydrate Moisturizing Cream and Face & Neck Regenerative Serum.