Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the human body, joints, connective tissues and in particular, the skin. This natural sugar is what gives our skin its structure as well as provides it with a hydrated look.
Hyaluronic Acid has recently become one of the most popular ingredients found in a range of skincare products ranging from cleansers and moisturizers to serums. This component can be identified in a skincare product by verifying the ingredient list which will have it listed as “Hyaluronic Acid” or “Sodium Hyaluronate”(the salt derived from Hyaluronic Acid). Hyaluronan or HA are other terms used to refer to Hyaluronic Acid.
With regards to skincare products, that can derive maximum benefits from the use of Hyaluronic Acid, one must opt for moisturizers or serums that contain this active. Opting for these products is the best way to feed your skin with Hyaluronic Acid, which will in turn make your skin look all the more plump and refreshed. One must also keep a lookout for the concentration of Hyaluronic Acid and its molecular weight in the skincare product of their choice. Over 1% is the ideal proportion of Hyaluronic Acid that should be present in a skincare product, but higher concentration can prove to be more effective. It’s important to check the overall formulation to understand the right balance of Hyaluronic Acid with other active ingredients in the skincare product to ensure the best results on your skin.
While purchasing skincare products infused with Hyaluronic Acid, one must keep a lookout for allergens if any. Certain Hyaluronic Acid products contain silicone-based ingredients like Dimethicone that can make the skin feel smooth but also clog up pores, leading to breakouts. Those who are prone to breakouts should avoid Hyaluronic Acid infused products that are made with silicon-based ingredients. One must also verify if alcohol is mentioned in the ingredients list, as it can counteract and reduce the component’s moisturizing properties. Isopropyl alcohol is one such ingredient that can increase the skin’s dryness and allow bacteria to enter the cracked pores. Products with added fragrance can cause irritation for those with sensitive skin, instead, people should opt for fragrance-free Hyaluronic Acid infused products.
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