Yep, it’s as simple as stated. When it comes to wanting plump, supple skin that mimics a baby’s bottom, there’s only one ingredient you can truly trust: Hyaluronic Acid. But hey, don’t be alarmed; we haven’t gone bonkers (just yet *wink wink*) asking you to introduce an acid into your skincare routine.
Yes, we took Chemistry class too, okay? But HA is super-safe to use and also happens to be the not-so-secret reason behind every ageless face you double-click! Seriously, don’t let the acid in its name scare you. Still grimacing, jeez, calm down.
Let’s commence today’s skincare lesson, shall we?
What exactly is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance manufactured in our body that holds up to 1000 times in water. Sounded gibberish? Ok, let’s break it down further. Remember extracellular mix – the chief tissue component that provides structural support to cells, well, HA is its main component. It’s also a critical constituent of cartilage. You know what that means, it’s widely found in the body with two main goals: lubricating (the joints, skin) and increasing cell turnover.
Chemically put, this sugar molecule binds water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, thereby increasing moisture levels. Remember what we said about retaining water earlier, well plump, dewy skin is a sign of youthfulness aka optimum hyaluronic acid production.
Why is it important for youthful skin?
Hydrated skin = healthy skin. But as we age, our levels of HA production diminish and that’s why our skin appears dry. Cue in those wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. To postpone these visible signs of aging, it’s important to introduce hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine. The earlier the better, so anyone in their 20s should ideally look for moisturizers and serums enriched with HA. Besides age, environmental stressors such as pollution, harsh weather, and sun damage also take a toll on the skin, not to mention the lack of collagen-production and loss of skin’s elasticity too. The result – dryness, dullness, basically skin that looks lack-luster.
Who should incorporate hyaluronic acid in their skincare routine?
Well, everyone! It’s a no-brainer for dry, dehydrated skin, of course, but oily-skinned folk, know this: it’s watery and lightweight. So, irrespective of your skin type, you MUST look for this super-hydrating ingredient. Start anti-aging regimes young. In your 20s opt for at least one HA infused product to maintain your skin’s moisture level. Slathering yourself with this humectant is extra-beneficial as it’ll not only plump up the skin, but there’ll be less need to opt for cosmetic procedures like fillers and botox, later. The best part, it doesn’t cause any side effects. So applying it daily would only be intensely moisturizing (EVEN during pregnancy) in case you were wondering.
What is the hyaluronic acid packed skincare routine to follow?
Face Wash: Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser Perk up your morning with a gentle dose of hydration. Thanks to HA, ceramide 3 and olive oil, your face will feel thoroughly cleansed without feeling dry or itchy ever again. Flakiness, be gone!
Toner: A. by BOM ULTRA BOTANIC Skin Water Drench your face with the power of six – aloe vera leaves, cactus root, cactus flower extract, coconut extract, baobab extract and HA to soothe skin and rebalance, to maintain your ideal pH level.
Serum: Limese Brightening Ampoule Fade spots, diminish blemish marks, acne scars and more with this hyaluronic acid packed elixir that’s known to enhance your skin’s natural complexion.
Mask: A. by BOM ULTRA ROYAL Leaf Mask Feel like a queen after 20 minutes of this glow-up facial. With royal jelly, gold extract and truffle mushrooms, how could you not? Don’t forget the gold leaves that act as spot treatments. Impressive isn’t it.
Moisturizer: Limese Supertasker Cream Fact of life; we’re better when we’re moisturized! But with this stellar line-up of ingredients boosting collagen was never this easy. Plus, that heavenly cloud-like texture just melts into your skin.
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