What Exactly Is Hyaluronic Acid & Why Does Your Skin Need It?

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It’s one of the most popular skincare ingredients around, but what exactly is hyaluronic acid? And how does it help your skin look and feel plump with moisture?

Let’s dive into the benefits of this skincare star and discover everything you need to know about it.



What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Putting an acid near our face? No thank you. But in reality, hyaluronic acid is actually just a molecule that helps your skin retain water. It’s produced naturally by your skin cells and acts like a sponge that soaks up and locks in moisture. In fact, one molecule can retain 1000X its weight in water.

So how do we make the most of this clever molecule? By adding hyaluronic acid into beauty products, we can enhance the hydration process and give our skin a moisture boost.


It Boosts Your Skin’s Moisture

Hyaluronic acid is renowned for its unique ability to retain water moisture and hydrate the skin. By adding it into your skincare routine, you’re helping that hydration process, giving your skin even more valuable, rejuvenating moisture. And it works on all skin types – even oily – as hyaluronic acid brings balance to skin’s water-oil levels.


It Helps Form A Protective Barrier

As we age, our skin’s natural protective barrier weakens and leaves our skin vulnerable to pollution and other environmental factors. But hyaluronic acid is known for helping to boost the skin’s hydration content which, in turn, helps to keep skin looking plump with moisture.


It Plumps Your Skin With Moisture

Hydration is key when it comes to helping skin look plumper. Not only does it absorb moisture that’s physically put onto your skin, but it also absorbs moisture from the air too. As your skin retains extra moisture, it’s left looking firmer. Any signs of fatigue don’t stand a chance against a fresh, hydrated complexion.


It Softens and Smooths

And, of course, hyaluronic acid leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. Working in the same way as it does to help tighten your skin’s texture, it ensures your skin is full of fresh moisture, which results in a silky finish (your foundation is going to glide onto your skin wonderfully!).



Can You Use Hyaluronic Acid Every Day?

Absolutely. Try using a serum or moisturiser enriched with hyaluronic acid, like our Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream. That way, you won’t have to add any new steps into your routine. And you’ll be helping to maintain your skin’s natural moisture barrier and helping to protect it against daily environmental aggressors, all while hydrating skin.


What Skin Type Can Use Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is generally very gentle and can be used on all skin types, including sensitive and blemish-prone skin. Our Vitamin E moisturisers are enriched with hyaluronic acid and designed to suit every skin type and concern, so there’s bound to be a formula that suits you.

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