Today, we are more conscious of what goes into our skin than ever. We eat well; we opt for the best and most natural ingredients that are gentle on our skin and body. One such ingredient that is talk of the town today for its unique and extraordinary ability to retain moisture is hyaluronic acid (HA).
What is hyaluronic acid?
This is a naturally occurring jelly-like compound-a carbohydrate (glycosaminoglycan) found in the eyes, joints, and connective tissues throughout the body.
Why do we need hyaluronic acid?
Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, one of the polysaccharides that help the skin lock in moisture. It is HA that gives our skin the right texture and is responsible for the skin’s hydrated glow. But as we age, that is step into our 30s, the secretion of hyaluronic acid reduces. It is then that we need to take extra care of our skin’s moisturizing needs as it can quickly dry up without enough hyaluronic acid being produced. So our skin may need supplementation to avoid the two ubiquitous skin problems- frequent drying and premature aging. Here is a list of reasons why our skin may need this important compound on a daily basis.
Like our body, our skin too needs hydration, throughout the day and that is the reason more men and women are seeking day moisturizers that give them that with an ingredient like hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a useful humectant that can bind up to 1000 times its weight with water molecules and helps retain moisture in the skin. It helps reduce what beauty experts call transepidermal water loss or the amount of water lost from the skin.
2. Anti-aging and anti-wrinkle
The skin begins to look saggy and wrinkly when it continues to remain dry for long periods of time. So we increasingly find that most reputed brands of serums and moisturizer brands use HA for its ability to keep the skin moisturized for longer. This helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles and dryness.
Shankara’s Anti-Age Serum is a 100% active serum that uses HA in the form of sodium hyaluronate, one of the safest and most effective molecular combinations that use HA. The serum also combines, apart from HA, an impressive list of natural herbs, essences and active compounds like Gotu kola, vitamin C ester, microalgae extract; carbohydrate complex; hydrolyzed milk protein and niacinamide; aspen bark extract hydrolyzed align, and Chlorella Vulgaris extract vitamin E tocopherol, essential oils of rose absolute, mandarin, and extracts from amla, ashwagandha, neem, wheat protein, aloe vera, life everlasting, that deeply moisturize and rejuvenate your skin making it visibly brighter and healthier. The combination of herbs is also an aromatic delight for the skin; significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; support natural skin renewal; deeply hydrate and oxygenate the skin.
3. Wound healing
HA also comes with impressive wound healing properties. As per a study by French scientists, “Hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) is a key component of the extracellular matrix and is known to be involved in several mechanisms of the wound healing process. It has been shown to improve and accelerate the healing process of chronic wounds.”
4. Smaller the molecules, deeper they penetrate
It is not just enough that your skincare products have HA, but it also matters if the molecular diameter of hyaluronic acid is small enough. According to a 2014 dermatological study, the use of nano hyaluronic acid molecules helped transform the wrinkle depths, could retain more moisture, improved elasticity under the eye and penetrated the skin cells much better.