It’s quite simple - hyaluronic acid boosts our skin’s hydrations levels. The result is a fresh-looking, healthy and plumped up complexion.
This sugar molecule binds to collagen in our dermis, the lower level of our skin, acting like scaffolding for a firmer complexion on the surface.
Perhaps what HA is best known for is its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which makes hyaluronic acid good for your face - your skin will look smoother and have more volume.
But like both collagen and elastin, our natural level of hyaluronic acid depletes with age and we become more prone to dry skin, lines and wrinkles.
Unlike collagen, which is a big molecule that can’t easily penetrate the skin, hyaluronic acid can be broken down into smaller molecules that can get in the skin and help to attract and hold water on the surface of the skin.
This form of HA is called hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid. As well, many skincare formulas often contain sodium hyaluronate, the salt form of hyaluronic acid. This form of HA softens and smoothes wrinkles in the lower layers of the skin as it can penetrate even deeper.