Hyaluronic Acid: It's everywhere and why it’s good for skin
You’ve seen hyaluronic acid in everything from drug store skincare products to high end specialty stuff. And there is a reason- it’s really good for your skin. But what is it and why is it such a great thing?
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our body. It is a glycosaminoglycan and the main molecule involved in skin moisture. It has the unique ability to bind and retain water molecules, in fact, it can hold 1000 times its weight in water. Because of its binding ability, hyaluronic acid gives your skin structure and gives it that plump and youthful look.
More than half of our natural hyaluronic acid occurs in our skin, but it’s also found in our bones, cartilage, tendons, and lips. It is what helps our joints retain moisture and provides cushioning, which keeps them healthy and pain free.
Not surprisingly, it decreases as we age. A lack of hyaluronic acid leads to wrinkles in our skin and stiffness in our joints.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid include:
- Keeping skin moisturized
- Aids in wound healing
- Treats eczema
- Helps keep joints healthy
- Acts as an antioxidant to battle free radicals
How does hyaluronic acid work?
Naturally occurring hyaluronic acid is a large molecule, but these molecules vary in size when it comes to skincare products. And size is what matters in this case. Different products will list different molecular weights. It’s measured in daltons, or kDa. The ideal weight is 130kDa, anything more doesn’t do much good.
One study focused on varying molecular weights of hyaluronic acid. Seventy-six women between the ages of 30 and 60 were evaluated for 60 days. Scientists measured their level of hydration and elasticity before and after the study. There were significant improvements in the 130kDa group, as compared to the other weights and the placebo.
Like anything, you can get too much of a good thing when it comes to hyaluronic acid. Lower molecular weights are more beneficial. Too much of it has been shown to actually dry out the skin and is linked to psoriasis. Since there have been so many studies, scientists seem to have concluded that the ideal concentration of hyaluronic acid is 2%.
Different types of hyaluronic acid
To add to the complexity of trying to figure out what might work best for you, there are different types of hyaluronic acid. These include:
- Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
- Sodium acetylated hyaluronate
- Sodium hyaluronate
The good news is that most products do combine more than one type. It’s also common to find hyaluronic acid combined with other effective ingredients for skincare, including vitamin C or vitamin B5.
Hyaluronic Acid for Different Skin Types
Hyaluronic acid is also great for any skin type.
Hyaluronic acid for dry skin:
The benefits for dry skin are obvious. Since hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water, it can deeply hydrate your dry skin.
Hyaluronic acid for oily skin:
Sometimes people with oily or combination skin shy away from moisturizers, but one of the benefits of hyaluronic acid is that it can increase moisture without leaving the skin oily or greasy.
Hyaluronic acid for combination skin:
Since hyaluronic acid is great for both dry and oily skin, it works for combination skin. It’s one product for your whole face!
Hyaluronic acid for sensitive skin:
Since hyaluronic acid is made naturally in the body, reactions to it are rare. Of course it is smart to do a small patch test if you do have sensitive skin.
How we use Hyaluronic Acid
Qyral is a company that follows the science when it comes to anti-aging skincare products. That is why we have hyaluronic acid as active, key ingredients in several products, including:
Promote: Bioplacenta Invigorating Serum
Fortify: Nourishing Bioplacenta Moisturizer
Sustain: Cellular Health Supplement
Using hyaluronic acid is a no brainer when it comes to your skincare routine, no matter what type of skin you have. Learn more about how Qyral can customize your skincare routine to give you the healthiest skin using formulations made just for you!