It owes its fame to being natural for our skin and working on water molecules like magnet – attracts and keeps them for the effect of perfect hydration. What are other properties of hyaluronic acid? How to use it for the maximum benefits?
It doesn’t seem to stand out. Cosmetic hyaluronic acid is a colorless liquid in a thick gel form. We have known it for over 70 years since it was originally isolated in a lab. What are other things you don’t know about it?
Properties of Hyaluronic Acid
Boosting moisture is the biggest benefit of hyaluronic acid. It catches water molecules and binds them effectively for the steady level of moisture. This ingredient is responsible for keeping most of water in the body. It prevents water loss so neither hair nor skin gets too dry.
There’s something more to it, though. Hyaluronic acid helps keep the youthful look of your skin. On the one hand, it is thanks to the sufficient hydration. On the other hand, it’s owed to many extra qualities. It speeds up the wound healing, minimizes scars, increases skin elasticity, reduces wrinkles, works as a natural filter protecting from the outside elements, upgrades the quality of the produced collagen.
Do you know that hyaluronic acid is also responsible for the transportation of other nutrients to the inside of your skin? Perfectly-moisturized skin accepts more of the active substances.
Way of working – surficial, not superficial
Many people think that hyaluronic acid works inside skin. The natural one does. The one delivered with cosmetics? Sadly, it doesn’t. The molecules of hyaluronic acid have different mass. However, even the smallest ones aren’t able to get through healthy skin to its deeper layers. From the point of view of cosmetics, all properties of hyaluronic acid result from its presence on the surface of the skin. By moisturising the epidermis, the acid makes it easily penetrable for other active substances. It soothes irritations, reduces the proneness to drying and firms up.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid?
A hyaluronic acid gel is a truly universal cosmetic. Not only is it a brilliant skin-conditioning ingredient but also works as a base for DIY beauty products and makes a perfect match with favorite creams, conditioners, etc. Look into the most popular hyaluronic acid uses. Find the one that suits you most.
Hyaluronic acid works as a strong moisturizer. You can buy it in form of a lightweight gel and apply to damp skin of your face, neck and cleavage. Before smoothing hyaluronic acid on the skin, it’s a good idea to wet the skin with water or hydrosol so that the acid can bind with it.
• UNDER EYES
Thanks to amazing skin moisturising and tightening qualities, it works like an effective face lift serum which can be applied even to your fragile skin under the eyes. Simply tap a bit of the hyaluronic acid under your eyes to lessen fine lines, upgrade the skin tone, firm the skin up and illuminate it. An under-eye cream absorbs more easily and works like an intensive therapy.
• ADDED TO YOUR MOISTURIZER
You can also mix it with a favorite cosmetic. Enriching a cream with hyaluronic acid enhances the way the cream works, boosting the absorption and hydration. To make a heavy, too thick cream lighter, add a few drops of hyaluronic gel.
• ADDED TO A TONER
Hyaluronic acid improves the moisturising power of a face toner in a natural way. By adding a few drops of this ingredient, you can give every toner a silky consistency and make your skin smooth, soft and strikingly moisturized.
• WITH A NATURAL OIL
Mixing hyaluronic acid with a favorite vegetable oil is the best way to make the most of this ingredient. Such a duet works as an effective oil-based serum which both binds water in your skin and (thanks to an oil which is an emollient) prevents dehydration, smoothes and protects e.g. against the sunlight.
• FOR HAIR ENDS
The same mixture – hyaluronic acid plus oil – is going to work for protecting and caring for your hair ends. This type of hair end serum prevents splitting, adds softness and protects from the mechanical damage.
• FOR HAIR
Even though hyaluronic acid is more talked about in terms of skin care, it makes an interesting enrichment for hair care products. You can add it to shampoos, conditioners and masks. What benefits will you receive? Hyaluronic acid intensifies their action and delivers the effect of silky smooth hair. It reduces the drying action of washing substances included in all shampoos.
• FOR SCALP CARE
Applying hyaluronic acid directly to scalp resembles using a moisturising serum. It is an ingredient which reduces irritation, brings relief, reinforces bulbs and even lifts hair roots.
• WITH A COSMETIC CLAY
Clay masks are getting more and more popular. If you desire to boost their effects, use hyaluronic acid instead of water. Mixing cosmetic clay with hyaluronic acid means more pleasant creamy consistency, more intensive working and better hydration.