It's one of the beauty industries hardest to pronounce product's, but just because you can't say it doesn't mean you shouldn't immediately add it to your beauty routine.
Hyaluronic Acid, scientific name hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by our bodies with its main function to retain water and keep our tissues well lubricated and moist.
To experience the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, there are a variety of ways to add it to your daily life. Many people use it topically in a serum, but it can also be used in eye drops, injections and even a supplement.
For the premise of this post though we want to delve into the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for our skin. Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles while retaining moisture in the skin all the while creating a plumping effect. When your 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.
Hydration is the most important benefit of applying Hyaluronic Acid. Think of it like a BIG drink of water for your skin. Being able to hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, Hyaluronic acid penetrates the skin and binds water to skin cells, infusing all layers of the skin with valuable, rejuvenating moisture. Hence the reason why it's recommended to layer with other products. It also does not need a bunch of other ingredients and fillers to be effective. In fact, hyaluronic acid is the perfect example of how limited ingredient skincare can truly deliver real results.
Hyaluronic is also a Humectant. In theory it's like a sponge, it will continue to draw in and hold onto moisture after it is collected. After infusing the 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.
The top layer of our skin takes the brunt of outside damage - think UV rays, environmental pollution and lifestyle choices (like smoking), all cause damage. This damage results in fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and drier skin. Hyaluronic Acid fortifies the skin’s natural barriers to help lock moisture in for an even more dramatic hydrating effect. Over time, this can help slow down the the deterioration of the lipid barrier and help protect and fortify it. When the lipid barrier is further enhanced and protected by hyaluronic acid, the skin is better able to defend itself against environmental age-factors and pollutants. When it’s not fighting these toxins, the skin remains less wrinkled, brighter, and bouncier longer. Much in the same way it makes the appearance of the skin look tighter, hyaluronic acid also smoothes the texture of the skin. This results in a silky smooth finish you can see and feel.
So now that we know what it does, what are the top Hyaluronic Acids you should try? Here are some of our favorites:
Company: Osea Malibu
Product pick: Hyaluronic Sea Serum
Why it rocks: Ready to dive into a radiant, youthful complexion? This lightweight moisture-boosting serum makes it easy. Hyaluronic acid drenches thirsty skin in a sea of replenishing hydration, while mineral-rich seaweed extracts plump the look of fine lines, supporting a smooth, firm, and glowy appearance. Swimming with iodine and vitamins, this powerful formula transforms skin from dull to luminous faster than a wave crashing onto shore.
Price: $88.00 (1 oz)
Product pick: Aloe + Immortelle Hydra-Repair Treatment Mist
Why it rocks: Spritz your way to a calm and revitalized complexion with this innovative mist, designed to infuse skin with restorative moisture and a radiant glow. Powered by fresh aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, the mist envelops mature, dry, and sensitive skin in a soothing veil of nutrients. Chamomile, immortelle, rose water, and rice extract nourish for luminous, refreshed skin.
Price: $42.00 (1.69 oz)
Company: Nazan Schnapp
Product pick: Sublime Hydrating Treatment Essence
Why it rocks: Sublime Hydrating Treatment Essence is a daily face toner with smoothing hyaluronic acid, provides refreshing hydration, antioxidant protection, and high moisture with natural humectants Gotu Kola, Rose de Mai, Peony, Hibiscus. Rose Quartz enhances the skin cells and encourages a natural renewal process.
Price: $74.00 (1.67 oz)
Company: PAI Skincare
Product pick: Back To Life Hydration Serum
Why it rocks: Specifically formulated for sensitive skin, this Back To Life Hydrating Serum is carefully designed to provide moisture without aggravation. Using a combination of antioxidant-rich natural ingredients—like Australian berries, coconut extract, hyaluronic acid, and muntries—this Serum comforts and replenishes skin, leaving it looking fresh, radiant, and restored.
Price: $78.00 (1.01 oz)