...and why should you include this wrinkle warrior in your skincare routine
Here at NH HQ we have a serious love affair with hyaluronic acid... and with good reason! Recently it has been included in more and more beauty essentials from serums and moisturisers to primers and foundations and we just can’t get enough of it. Still on the fence about whether your skin needs a little HA? (Yes, the top beauty nerds have even given this hero ingredient its own nickname!) Well here’s everything you need to know.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring polysaccharide found in the human body, and acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin and eyes.
Around 50 percent of hyaluronic acid is found in the skin where it helps to keep our appearance smooth, soft and plump, aiding our quest to keep fine lines at bay.
When applied topically in a beauty elixir HA hydrates wrinkles and fine lines to make them less noticeable. It also serves as an efficient carrier of other anti-ageing ingredients to cells, making it even more effective in the fight against premature ageing.
Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water which is more than any other biological substance. Want to plumpen and hydrate your skin? Look no further than super sponge HA.
Both natural ingredients are equally as important but they do serve different purposes. Collagen improves the skins elasticity and also nourishes dry and brittle hair whereas hyaluronic acid plumps skin and also reduces inflammation in the joints.
Hyaluronic acid has been linked to effective arthritis treatment for a while now with many sufferers of osteoarthritis opting for HA injections into the knee to ease pain and stiffness.
You can also reap the skincare benefits of HA in supplement form. Team this with a hyaluronic-rich skincare regime for maximum effect.
Why not try these three hero products which have been handpicked from the Natural Health International Beauty Awards winners list...
Formulated with 80 percent sodium hyaluronate (the salt of hyaluronic acid), Pestle & Mortar’s cult Pure Hyaluronic Serum is one of the most hydrating products in the market. The water-based serum is proven to hydrate and soothe even the most sensitive skin, while also smoothing fine lines, boosting radiance and restoring youthful elasticity. £36, pestleandmortarcosmetics.com
Not to prime is a crime, and this version from Inika is definitely a steal when you consider its ample benefits. Creating an even base for flawless make-up application, alongside a generous helping of hyaluronic acid to help plump skin and give it an extra boost of hydration, your cosmetic routine will be completely transformed after just a few applications. £29.50, inikaorganic.com
A brilliant fusion of performance botanicals, Trilogy Age-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream is a highly effective natural treatment that smooths, firms and strengthens skin, helping to reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Deeply moisturising and hydrating the blend of Glycablend, botanical hydroxyproline and plant-derived hyaluronic acid lift, plump and tighten the skin, protecting against loss of elasticity. £31.50, trilogyproducts.com
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