Hyaluronic acid, I know its difficult to pronounce but even more difficult to get the right spelling. A skincare ingredient that has recently found its place in almost all serums, sheet mask and moisturizer. And the reason why is that it can be your mandatory addition to daily skincare routine. It is a naturally occurring molecule in your skin that gives you the dewy look.
It helps to bind the water to skin giving it all the more a glowing look. More than retaining moisture it also has various other benefits.
What is hyaluronic acid?
It is a naturally occurring sugar molecule on skin that helps in binding of collagen and water and making the skin look plump and dewy. It helps boost hydration in skin to make it look glowing. The acid molecule binds collagen to one end and water to the other thereby adding to the plump factor of the skin.
What is the need to include hyaluronic acid?
As humans we age so does our skin and in the process there is a decrease in collagen and hyaluronic acid, this makes the skin look dehydrated. Harsh weather conditions like winter, existing skincare problems may cause tiny breaks through which water could leak. So there is a need to include a humectant in skincare regimen to attract the water molecules. Some of which are hyaluronic acid, glycerine and oatmeal.
Hyaluronic acid gets easily absorbed to skin and thereby attracts a lot of water keeping the skin hydrated. This is the reason it finds itself as one of the major ingredients in skincare products.
Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that suits all skin types. It does not cause acne, eczema or rosacea.
People with dry and mature skin and those with ageing symptoms might need more of hyaluronic acid. This is because as we age we lose the ability to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid and it is necessary to be supplemented.
On the other hand, since the name contains the term ‘acid’ people with sensitive skin might fear to incorporate products with this ingredient. That is not the case because it is a naturally occurring molecule in skin that is produced by our very own bodies and can be safely used on sensitive skin.
A molecule of HA can bind about 100 molecules of water of its own size , come to think of the goodness that it has to offer the skin.
TEWL or trans epidermal water loss is a very commonly known term in the skincare industry that describes water loss on the skin. It is a term that denotes the amount of water evaporated from skin.
A product that prevents TEWL actually helps in keeping your skin hydrated. HA does this by slowing down the rate of evaporation of water from the skin.
HA also apart from being a humectant helps in faster healing of wounds.
The other benefits that HA offers are
- Reducing redness
- Treat acne
- Treat eczema
- Increasing the elasticity of skin
It also helps in treatinf dry eye and reduced tear production conditions since it is known for its hydration properties.
It has been proven that the naturally produced hyaluronic acid in body helps in lubricating the bone joints.
PRODUCTS WITH HYALURONIC ACID DOING WELL IN INDIAN MARKETS
Loreal paris revitalift 1.5% hyaluronic acid serum
The serum is non-sticky and promises 21% increased plumpness, 42% skin radiance and intense hydration.
Can be used in both AM and PM routine.
Price: 474 Quantity: 15 ml
Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E
This is probably the cheapest and one of the effective options to incorporating hyaluronic acid to skincare routine. I’ve personally used this, its non-sticky and does help in retaining moisture , doesn’t give an oily appearance. I loved the fragrance and the gel consistency. Although I felt the packaging can be much more improved.
Price : 149 Quantity: 73gm
Nykaa SKINRX 2% Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum For Intense Hydration, Plump Skin with 1% Vitamin B5
The formulation has 2% hyaluronic acid, 1% vitamin B5 and 1% marine algae extract.
Can be incorporated in both AM and PM routine. Suits all skin types.
Price: 799 Quantity: 25ml
Clinique Moisture Surge 100h Auto-replenishing Hydrator(15ml)
The product promises hydration that penetrates 10 layers deep and that lasts for 100 hours. He formulation has hyaluronic acid, activated aloe water and aloe bio ferment.
By far the costliest range I’ve seen in products containing hyaluronic acid.
Price: 950 quantity: 15ml
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel – Mini(15gm)
The formulation incorporates a patented technology that includes prebiotics to boost hydration in combination with hyaluronic acid.
The incorporation of prebiotics helps in 50% boost in HA production.
Price: 370 quantity: 15gm