Hyaluronic acid is a popular skincare ingredient in cleansers, eye creams, moisturizers, and serums. This is a favorite of dermatologists and aestheticians for good reason: it has incredible hydrating properties that help make skin radiant and healthy.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
If you shudder anytime you read the word “acid,” we understand. The term can sound synonymous with peels or other mildly invasive skincare treatments. Hyaluronic acid, however, is different.
This acid naturally occurs in your skin, acting as a cushion for your joints and even helping soothe dry eyes. In your skin, hyaluronic acid supports proper wound healing and hydration as well as restoring elasticity.
Hyaluronic acid supplements and skin care products use hyaluronic acid harvested from either fermented bacteria or animal tissue. NuFACE hyaluronic acid skincare products are always formulated with cruelty-free hyaluronic acid.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?
Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide molecule made up of large chains (called polymers). These chains have plenty of space for other compounds to latch on, making hyaluronic acid an excellent transport vehicle for your body's necessary materials (like water).
Hyaluronic acid also works in the body to help support your body’s ability to make new connective tissue and collagen. By attaching itself to skin cells, hyaluronic acid helps structurally keep new tissue as it forms — and for your skin, there’s virtually no other ingredient that can hydrate better.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe?
Sensitive skin types fear not — hyaluronic acid is generally safe for all skin types and rarely causes side effects. In addition, the concentrations of hyaluronic acid used in skincare are typically gentle on the skin while still highly effective.
Hyaluronic acid can provide your skin with plenty of benefits and help address common concerns like dryness, which can result from over-exfoliation.
Now that you’ve been adequately introduced, let’s talk about the skin benefits of hyaluronic acid and why you need this ingredient in your skincare routine.
What Are the Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?
1. Supports Skin Hydration
Remember that hyaluronic acid allows other compounds to attach to it. Because of this, it can hold about 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. As a result, hyaluronic acid pulls moisture from the skin’s epidermis into the deeper layers of the skin, increasing hydration and supporting skin health and wellness.
2. Eases Skin Dryness
Dehydration is a skin issue, while dryness is a skin type. Dry skin types often experience irritation, redness, tightness, and generally thirsty skin. Dry skin needs both humectants and emollients. Humectants pull water into the skin, increasing moisture, and emollients work to smooth rough patches of skin and create a barrier that prevents moisture loss.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that can keep your skin hydrated without product reapplication.
3. Supports Skin Elasticity
One of the most significant factors of skin aging skin is a loss of elasticity. Skin that once snapped back into place when stretched begins to sag, resulting in a loss of facial contouring. Because hyaluronic acid helps support the look of plump skin, it can also help maintain elasticity, resulting in firmer, smoother-looking skin.
4. Supports Collagen Production
Collagen production declines as we age, beginning around age 20. When we lose collagen, we begin to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid helps support the proper production of collagen in skin cells, keeping your skin youthful and helping to minimize signs of skin aging.
5. Helps Support Skin Cell Health
Hyaluronic acid is vital in skin cell health and can help support your skin’s natural wound-healing processes. Using a hyaluronic acid serum over time can support the proper growth of new skin cells and help minimize the appearance of scars.
6. Supports Even Skin Tone
An uneven skin tone can be hard to conceal with makeup, making it difficult to feel confident going bare-faced. Improving your skin tone with brightening ingredients like vitamin C is helpful, but adding hyaluronic acid can also help support your overall skin tone and texture, as hyaluronic acid helps to enhance and even out skin tone.
7. Maintains Skin Barrier Health
The outer layer of your skin is called the epidermis. This layer comprises fatty lipids that protect your skin from finfection, bacteria, and moisture loss. The barrier becomes weak when the skin barrier is damaged by oxidative stress from free radicals or conditions like breakouts or sunburns. Hyaluronic acid supports the skin barrier and helps keep it fortified, resulting in healthy, balanced skin.
Who Should Use Hyaluronic Acid?
Any skin type can benefit from hyaluronic acid, but hyaluronic acid is a must if you have dry, dehydrated, or aging skin. NuFACE formulates nourishing microcurrent activators with cruelty-free hyaluronic acid and our proprietary IonPlex® blend to help deliver deep hydration and ensure microcurrent performance when used with any NuFACE device.
Before you use your device, it’s crucial to prime your skin with a Microcurrent Activator. Microcurrent activators helps to ensure effective microcurrent delivery down to the facial muscles and are packed with ingredients to nourish your skin. For lightweight, 24-hour hydration, Aqua Gel Activator is the solution.
For Firming and Brightening
Silk Crème Activator hydrates skin. While IonPlex® ensures microcurrent effectiveness, hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and locks in moisture. It nourishes skin with eight phyto-actives to keep skin looking and feeling firmer, brighter, and hydrated for 48 hours.
To Target Fine Lines
FIX® Line Smoothing Serum combines the hydrating and anti-aging benefits of hyaluronic acid with IonPlex® and Triple Peptide Complex to help reduce lines and wrinkles and smooth skin texture. This is the perfect way to target lines around the lips and on the forehead.
Hyaluronic Acid to the Rescue
Hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate skin, boost collagen production, and enhance skin elasticity, which all create smoother, more youthful looking skin. NuFACE microcurrent skincare formulated with hyaluronic acid is an excellent way to integrate hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine for more radiant skin.