Hyaluronic acid is a substance native to our bodies and is a key component of connective tissue. Largely found in our eyeballs and between our joints, hyaluronic acid is nicknamed “nature’s moisturizer” for its ability to moisturize the skin and lubricate joints. Because of hyaluronic acid’s positive effect on the body, it has become somewhat of a treasure in the medical field, especially in skincare.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it promotes retention of moisture. To be exact, hyaluronic acid will draw moisture from your environment, and can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, making it one of the most powerful humectants in existence. It is located mainly in the deepest layer of the dermis (the area underneath the top layer of skin) and will increase the water content of the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. This will properly increase your skin’s moisture content and prevent moisture loss as well.
Hyaluronic acid can also be utilized to heal skin wounds, and is commonly used in fillers to plump the skin and eliminate wrinkles. You may catch hyaluronic acid or hyaluronan on the ingredient list of your everyday moisturizing or anti-aging cream. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid has very effective hydrating capabilities, and has even been shown to plump the skin and smoothen wrinkles.
Whether injected into the body, or taken orally, the benefits of hyaluronic acid are quite astounding. It is because of hyaluronic acid’s potent effects that many brands have used it in products such as supplements, topical creams, and makeups.