Hyaluronic acid has lots of fantastic benefits and can be used really effectively to cushion joints, nerves and hydrate skin, hair and even your eyes. Our bodies already contain HA and studies have found that it’s crucial in improving skin hydration, stimulating the production of collagen, as an effective anti-oxidant and for maintaining skin’s elasticity – all of which begin to rapidly degenerate as we get older. No wonder then that this magic power ingredient is found in so many of today’s skincare products as well as in capsule and injectable form too.
I’ll be concentrating on it's skin boosting properties and have been testing a few products containing this so called “fountain of youth”. If your skin is feeling as parched as the Sahara desert then it could be the next skin care ingredient that you need to be investing in.
I am also personally interested (and think my old arthritic Mummy Bear might be too) in the benefits of HA for the joints. I didn’t realise it could be injected into the knees. Beryl already has one bionic knee but maybe a shot of HA in her other arthritic knee might save her some of those agonizing cold drizzly winter morning aches and pains she regularly wakes up with?
I’m aware of the benefits of HA in injectable dermal filler form for the face. I've not succumbed just yet! Watch this space though. I do have a few deep lines developing on my chin which I’m sure will benefit from a bit of “plumping out”! I don’t want to look like one of those over stuffed cushion faces though. I don’t like the Essex dolly look!
So essentially you should just think of HA as a big old sponge – holding onto vast amounts of water which is why it can be so effective (temporarily at least) in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving the skin’s hydration and texture. Of course, so too can drinking 2-3 litres of water a day. I know I bang on about H2O in all my beauty blogs but really, there is NO SUBSTITUTE. Water really is nature's very own elixir of life.
So what about hyaluronic acid in your skin care, assuming that you’re not ready nor do you have the cash to go down the dermal filler road just yet?
HA comes in different forms and is referred to by a number of names so you want to be checking for any of the following: hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid and sodium acetyl hyaluronate. See, there really is science in your skincare. #geekchic
This favourite product of mine pops up time and time again in various of my skincare blogs and tried and tested reviews. In fact, Estee Lauder was the first brand to ever use hyaluronic acid in a beauty product. HA is one of the hero ingredients in this spectacularly effective over-night serum. I can’t live without it. I know loads of you are already converts too. It’s the stuff of legend and has almost cult like following and status. #takemetoyourleader
Pretty decently priced at £26.00 in Boots, this is formulated with an additional bioactive ingredient called Saponin which supports production of HA deeper into your skin. Obviously, only injectables can really deliver HA where its needed to be super targeted and effective but this cream immediately and visibly restores skin volume and plumpness.
One of the things that I’ve noticed as I get older and especially as I do so much exercise and am keen to manage the “fat” content in my body generally, is a loss of volume where I need it the most. My cheeks (not those ones, they're still perfectly peachy thanks!) are starting to hollow, my jowls are noticeably drooping too. Basically I’m turning into Deputy Dog! I’ll lather myself in pots of anything to keep my chubby cherubic cheeks!
Light weight and super fast absorbing this little tube of fabulousness really packs a hydrating punch. Great in the winter when you’re also battling the harsh elemental effects of the wind and cold, coupled with the ravages of central heating, all of which combined can leave your skin a bit parched and dehydrated. This has the added ingredient of Red Marine Algae too so it will stimulate and encourage circulation as well as moisturisation, delivering a more radiant glow.
Again, a range that I’ve tried and tested a few times now. If it’s in @spacenk it normally has my skincare seal of approval. Now obviously this doesn’t contain real dragons blood right! Even I’m not that daft (well that's debatable - for someone who works in marketing I sure do get sucked in!). What the Dragon’s Blood refers to is the extract from the Croton Lechleri tree which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. This is an intensely hydrating face mask and super skin plumper packed with lots of other far-fetched sounding extracts from various trees around the globe! I love that. Nature in all its finery. Its definitely worth a try in your bid to not look like an old dragon, if you might feel like one some days!
So there you have it, another power ingredient to be looking out for in your skincare products. I don’t even care if these do only have temporary effects. The main thing is that they work in the first place right and until you are ready to delve into the world of cosmetic enhancements and procedures, these products will help keep your complexion looking plump and firm.