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Hyaluronic Acid: 5 Ways it Helps Improve Your Skin
Published May 2021
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At Truly O2, we believe the best skincare products are ones that boost your body’s natural rejuvenating abilities. And the best ingredients are the ones that already occur naturally in your body. Take oxygen, for example. Blood flow delivers oxygen from the air we breathe to cells all over your body, and cells use oxygen to metabolize and regenerate.
Over time, aging and other factors can reduce blood flow to your skin, resulting in slower cellular metabolism. The result of under-hydrated, under-oxygenated skin is a dull and unhealthy-looking complexion. That’s why oxygen is foundational to our products. The oxygen microbubbles in all our products give your skin a little burst of oxygen, turbo-charging your cells to absorb nutrients, produce collagen, and regenerate.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Like oxygen, Hyaluronic acid is another skin care all-star that occurs naturally in your body. It is crucial for skin health, healing, and it is proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. However, just as the oxygen available to your cells from circulation can be reduced over time, levels of hyaluronic acid are also depleted over time.
Fortunately, hyaluronic acid levels in your skin can be replenished, making it a must-have ingredient in any skincare routine. Here are 5 reasons why, and some tips on how, you should be using hyaluronic acid to achieve the best results.
5 reasons why we use hyaluronic acid
1. Hyaluronic acid promotes skin health and healing
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance produced by your body. It is a key ingredient for skin health. One of its main biological functions is to speed the healing of damaged tissue. Studies have shown that hyaluronic acid levels increase naturally when skin is damaged, and also that hyaluronic acid applied topically can help wounds heal faster.
2. Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant
A humectant is something that attracts and draws moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant par excellence, allowing your skin to retain moisture, and also drawing to and holding moisture on the skin’s surface. Topical hyaluronic acid draw water to the surface of the skin, which keeps your outer layer hydrated and dewey. In other words, it allows moisture in our bodies to reach the skin’s surface. And with the right skincare formulation, it keeps moisture on the skin.
Because hyaluronic acid draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin, or epidermis, to the surface, if used by itself (or if used too much) it can actually dehydrate skin. For this reason it’s important to avoid using excessive amounts, and to use it in combination with a moisturizer. It’s best to use it in just one well-formulated product, like in our once-daily, micro-oxygen hydrating night cream.
3. Hyaluronic acid helps smooth skin
Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-bonding properties cause moisture to be drawn to the surface of the skin and stay there. By drawing moisture to the surface of the skin and holding it there, hyaluronic acid ‘plumps’ the skin. It has been proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, making skin smoother and more supple. Moisture retention on the surface of the skin adds up to that enviable fresh and ‘dewey’ look we all long for.
4. Hyaluronic Acid Increases skin moisture
Skin that is properly moisturized is healthier, better looking, and better feeling. Dry skin accumulates dead skin cells, which causes dullness and can clog pores, causing blemishes and irritation. Healthier skin cells mean younger looking, firmer skin. But skin cells need moisture to function and regenerate. Topical hyaluronic acid in moisturizers have been shown to increase moisture content in skin. This results in better skin firmness and elasticity, smoothness and reduction in wrinkles, and the many other skin-health benefits that moisture brings.
5. Hyaluronic acid reduces redness, irritation, and skin conditions
Because it helps retain moisture in the skin (aka it prevents ‘transepidermal water loss’), hyaluronic acid can also help with some common skin irritations. It helps by creating an environment where tissue can heal. One study found significant improvement in symptoms of dermatitis and eczema over a four week period of incorporating hyaluronic acid into their skincare routine.
Safe and powerful, natural skincare
As with any skincare ingredient that comes into vogue, you will find quite a bit written about hyaluronic acid. But the research here is clear: It’s a safe and powerful ingredient when formulated into the right products and used correctly.
Like oxygen, hyaluronic acid is an essential team player that helps your skin be, look, and feel healthy and beautiful. The best part is that it even offers some therapeutic benefits as well, making it a skincare must-have for firm and fresh-looking skin!
Our hyaluronic acid formulation is just one of many reasons to commit to the Truly O2 skincare regimen. Get more reasons here.