The Surprising Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Nowadays everything is a trend, from the fashion industry to skincare products.

A while ago, I was reading an article about this “new thing” everyone was using: Hyaluronic Acid. It got my attention and I decided to interview my dear friend Jenny Leazer-Ragnolia, who is a licensed esthetician and creator of i {heart} skin in Denver!

I hope you enjoy and learn as much as I did about Hyaluronic Acid.

M: What is Hyaluronic Acid?

J: The word acid is a little misleading because hyaluronic does not exfoliate like other acids. Your body actually already produces it internally and it helps with things like lubricating the joints. However, when applied topically, it has some major benefits for the skin. Particularly for hydrating and protecting.

M: What makes Hyaluronic Acid good for the skin?

J: Hyaluronic acid is very natural for the skin because it's something your body produces already and recognizes. It helps bind moisture to the skin helping keep it hydrated and reinforcing your skin's natural protective barrier.

M: Is it for all skin types?

J: Yes! Because the skin recognizes and processes it easily, it is generally non-irritating and can even help repair compromised skin. Dry skin types will benefit greatly from hyaluronic acid (in addition to a moisturizer) because of its humectant (water-binding) properties. People with acneic skin can also use it because it is easily absorbed and moisturizes without clogging the pores. It helps repair sensitive skin and can even help with age management as it makes the skin more supple, plumping out fine lines and wrinkles.

M: In what products can we find it?

J: Hyaluronic can be found in pure serum forum, but it is also found as an ingredient in toners, moisturizers, masks, eye creams and other serums. When looking for this ingredient, it will sometimes be listed as "sodium hyaluronate", which is derived from hyaluronic acid and works the same way in your skin.

M: At what age do you recommend the use of products with Hyaluronic Acid?

J: Hyaluronic acid is safe for any age, but I think ideally, starting to use it in your 20s in conjunction with a regular routine. The earlier you start, the more you will prevent a lot of common skin issues and it will promote overall better skin health as you age.

M: What brands do you recommend?

J: Some products with hyaluronic acid that I love are: the Hydrating Serum from PCA Skin Care and the Ageless Hydrating Serum from Skin Script. Pure Hyaluronic Filler from Image. Hydrating toners I love are Cucumber Hydration Toner also from Skin Script and Indie Lee's CO-Q10 Toner. I also love the Drops of Youth Bouncy mask at The Body Shop and their Vitamin E eye cream. It is in many good products these days and easy to find at all price points!

So now you know! Next time you are skincare shopping, don’t forget the great benefits of Hyaluronic Acid and go for products containing this ingredient. Like Jenny said, there are a lot of good brands carrying good products these days.