What is Hyaluronic Acid, and what does it do for your skin?
Hyaluronic Acid is a latest innovation in skincare. Everyone’s talking about how good it is. But if you’re going to use something on or for your skin, it’s good to know what it is and why you’re using it. Knowledge is power after all.
So what, exactly, does Hyaluronic Acid do for your skin? And taking it back a step, what is this skincare unicorn anyway? We think you’ll be surprised (and delighted) by what you’re about to read.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Did you know that Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in your body? That’s right, this gem is floating around in your body and you didn’t even realise it. Hooray for the human body!
Although… not to put a damper on things, but as you age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid you produce starts to decrease. Sigh. Do better, human body.
To get a bit more scientific about it, Hyaluronic Acid is a glycosaminoglycan (and you thought hyaluronic was hard to say!). Glycosaminoglycans are a type of complex sugar called a polysaccharide. Trust us, it’s worth knowing this to understand why Hyaluronic Acid is so good and what it does for your skin.
That’s because glycosaminoglycans naturally attract water – and Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. That means it can help to keep water within your skin and stop it from evaporating.
In your body, you’ll find Hyaluronic Acid naturally in your skin, joints and eyes. It helps your joints to stay lubricated and everything else to stay hydrated.
What is the difference between Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate?
Hyaluronic Acid that occurs naturally in your body is one thing. But what about the Hyaluronic Acid that you commonly find in skincare? There are actually two versions of Hyaluronic Acid.
The first is pure Hyaluronic Acid, which has molecules large enough that they can’t penetrate your skin effectively. It works by attracting water to your skin’s surface to keep that outer layer hydrated.
The other type is Sodium Hyaluronate, which is what happens when you combine Hyaluronic Acid with Sodium. Sodium Hyaluronate molecules are smaller, so they can penetrate your skin’s surface more effectively. They’re also more water-soluble than Hyaluronic Acid molecules.
But Sodium Hyaluronate works the same way to attract water and support hydration of your skin.
Nature’s Way Beauty Hyaluronic Acid is formulated with premium bio-fermented Sodium Hyaluronate, the key active sodium derivative of Hyaluronic Acid. This helps support skin hydration and moisturisation from within.
Most of the time, people use the terms Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate interchangeably. But the difference is great fodder for dinner party conversations if you’re stuck on a topic and want to impress people.
What does Hyaluronic Acid do for your skin?
So does Hyaluronic Acid actually work? Or is it all hype?
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant: a fancy way to say that it’s a water magnet. We’ve already explained that Hyaluronic Acid is really good at attracting and holding water. What does that mean? In short, it means happy days for your skin.
We all know that moisture and hydration are good for your skin. The ultimate skincare goal is to have skin that looks plump and dewy. Dry skin can look dull which is far from ideal. Hydrated skin, on the other hand, looks healthier and it feels amazing.
Some of the many benefits of Hyaluronic Acid may include:
● supports skin hydration
● support skin elasticity
● works where creams & serums don’t
● working as an antioxidant to reduce free radicals from the skin
If you’re concerned about whether Hyaluronic Acid clogs pores, don’t be. It’s non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores. You just need to be careful that any topical Hyaluronic Acid products you use don’t contain any other pore-clogging ingredients.
So… Hyaluronic Acid does all this good stuff on its own. But not all skincare products play nicely together. So how does it work with other ingredients? Can you use Hyaluronic Acid with topical serums containing Vitamin A Retinol, for example?
The answer is ‘yes’. Hyaluronic Acid is a friend to almost everything. It brings that hydration support and lets your other skincare heroes do their thing.
There’s a lot to enjoy about Hyaluronic Acid and its skin-loving benefits.
Can Hyaluronic Acid be taken orally?*
There’s an important distinction to make between the ways you can use Hyaluronic Acid.
The way that most people know about using it is in a Hyaluronic Acid serum. You apply this topically to your skin, ideally when the skin is wet. And depending on the size of the Hyaluronic Acid molecules in the serum, it can work in two different ways.
If the molecules are larger – the hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid we talked about earlier – they can’t penetrate your skin. That means they’ll only hydrate its surface. Smaller molecules – sodium hyaluronate – on the other hand, can more effectively penetrate your skin’s epidermis (the top layer) to provide a slightly deeper surface-level hydration.
An alternative to these types of serums is an oral Hyaluronic Acid supplement, like Nature’s Way Beauty Hyaluronic Acid capsules. Rather than applying Hyaluronic Acid onto your skin, you simply take two capsules, once a day, to support hydrated skin from within.
Do oral hyaluronic supplements work?
We can’t speak for all Hyaluronic Acid supplements, but our Nature’s Way Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Capsules are pretty good at what they do.
As you digest the capsule, your body absorbs the Hyaluronic Acid so the molecules can start supporting hydration of your skin from the inside out.
That’s a lot more convenient than applying it topically. If you’re using a serum, you need to be mindful of the order in which you apply your skincare. For example, if you apply serum over the top of your moisturiser, facial oil or SPF, it won’t be as effective.
But an oral hyaluronic supplement means there’s one less step in your skincare routine. You don’t need to worry about what to apply when. Instead, just swallow the capsules once a day and let it do its thing. Simple & convenient.
*Adults only. Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. The recommended duration of use of the medicine must be limited to 3 months.
Oral Hyaluronic Acid skin benefits
Many of the benefits of oral Hyaluronic Acid supplements are exactly the same as serums. The main difference is that the oral supplement version works from the inside out, while serums only sit on the first few layers of your skin.
Some of the skin benefits of Nature’s Way Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Capsules include:
● working as an antioxidant to help reduce the free radicals formed in your body
● helping to reduce free radical damage to your body’s cells
● maintaining collagen formation and health
● supporting general health and wellbeing, hair health, nail health and connective tissue health
● relieving skin dryness
● maintaining skin structure, firmness, health, elasticity and hydration.
That’s a whole lot of goodness in one little capsule.
Glow from the inside out
If you want supple, youthful, healthy-looking skin, it’s all about beauty from within. An Australian first, Nature’s Way Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Capsules can reach areas of your body that other Hyaluronic Acid topical creams and serums simply can’t.
Available from your local pharmacy or health food store, Nature’s Way Beauty Hyaluronic Acid capsules support your beauty and wellbeing goals, to help relieve skin dryness and support hydration.
*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Vitamins do not replace a balanced diet. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.