One of the most frequently asked question so far has to be ‘Is Hyaluronic Acid an acid?
Nope. It is not an acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is polysaccharide. It is a sugar molecule with the ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Essentially, you can imagine it to be like a sponge that absorbs and retains water. And its superpower hydrating and anti-aging abilities help to plump up fine lines and keep the skin looking luminous-glow (almost dewy) as the skin is superhydrated.
As Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in our connective tissue throughout our bodies, with 50% found in our skin, the skin generally take on well with it (with little complain on sensitivity). However, do take not always not to apply potent and reactive products directly on the face. Instead, put in our our fingers and then spread it evenly on the face. This will avoid blemishes or reaction.
Injectible Hyaluronic Acid is made of bacteria or cock comb (yes, you read correctly) stabilized in the laboratory to work more effectively. It goes deeper into the skin dermis layer compared to topical application. Its effect can last 6 months to 1 year.
In recent years, serums and creams containing Hyaluronic Acid (0.05% to 1%) is found in almost all skincare brands from Korean to European skincare. This bandwagon is so popular, it has morphed into all forms and fashions from spray mist to make up.
As consumers are seeking instant results, some big brands are combining Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C to help skin look even more radiant with anti-pigmentation effects (3 Must Haves To Treat Pigmentation).
Having prescribed Hyaluronic Acid products to my clients in the past few years, I found the best skincare routine is a combination of 2 skincare ingredients.
In the morning, a Hydrating skincare range packed with Hyaluronic Acid (serum & cream) At night, to use a Firming skincare range with essential oil (serum & cream). This will ensure we get the best of both worlds.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this article as part of Skin Care Singapore series.