What’s That? Wednesday: Hyaluronic Acid
Introducing What’s That? Wednesday! I thought that I would take some time each week to highlight what I’ve learned from researching particular ingredients (both good and bad) that are common in skincare and makeup products.
Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is found naturally occurring within the human body – most commonly found in the fluids surrounding our eyes and joints and within our skin.
Although we produce HA naturally, as we age, we do lose some. The beauty world has figured out a way to add it into our skincare to give us the boost we need! But don’t worry, since taking HA from another person doesn’t quite jive with the clean beauty world, a man-made, botanical, vegan form is created in a lab. This is the perfect example of synthetic ingredients being safe (and even beneficial!) for us. Not all natural products are safe; not all synthetic ingredients are bad! It’s not a one size fits all deal!
To understand HA’s role as a humectant, make sure to check out my Moisture vs. Hydration post.
As a reminder, a humectant is a substance that grabs water from its surroundings – both inside and outside our bodies. HA is a prime humectant because it can hold 1,000 times its weight in water!
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Choosing an HA Product
Are you convinced you need some HA in your life? HA can be found in many, wonderful skincare items. I’d suggest adding Hyaluronic acid wherever you can. I even have some in my Suntegrity Sunscreen! However, your skin is best prepped to efficiently absorb HA in serum form. As always, make sure to read your labels; if the product has less than 1% of HA, ditch it!
Sometimes, you might see a similar sounding ingredient, Sodium Hyaluronate, on your label. You’re right in thinking this baby is related to HA. This is actually just the salt of Hyaluronic acid and is just as beneficial as HA, so don’t pass this stuff up!
Some Great HA Products I’ve Tried
What HA based products have you tried?