So you see the words hyaluronic acid and not only do you have any idea what it means, but the syllabic combination of a word that rhymes with bionic next to a word that possibly implies burning unpleasant sensations is enough to make you go… Umm No, Thank You.
Fear Not, my friends. I will walk you through what this scary sounding actually is and how it is essential to healthy skin. In fact, your skin and body should already be producing it. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in skin that helps retain moisture, encourages tissue repair and provides that cushioning characteristic of younger skin. In short, it is a powerful anti-aging agent that helps plump up skin and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
So let’s stop here for a second and talk biology, because a little science education about your skin and what it needs will not just make you an informed consumer but it will go a long way in nourishing it with the products you need to look youthful and have that beautiful glowing skin. I promise not to bore you with a long biology lecture! Just some basics about water and the role hyaluronic acid plays in utilizing that water to make skin look plump and wrinkle-free!
Did you know that about 70% of our bodies is made up of water? Every single organ in our body heavily needs water to function optimally, and skin, being your largest organ is no exception. 64% of your skin’s makeup is water! It’s no wonder that we’re told to drink 8 glasses of water a day for healthy glowing skin! But where and how is that water stored exactly? Without getting into the nitty-gritty, there are basically 3 layers of skin: