The key to hydrated, great-looking skin, hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our bodies from birth. As we get older though, its presence starts to gradually decrease. Here’s how to help stop time with the miracle molecule, whatever age you’re at.
Ever wondered why babies have such enviable plump-looking skin? Hyaluronic acid is certainly one of the reasons. Present in large quantities at the embryonic stage, it’s a key contributor to those squeezable cheeks. From the moment we’re born though, environmental aggressors mean that our hyaluronic acid levels start to gradually decrease.
Teens to twenties
As it’s neither fatty nor occlusive, hyaluronic acid is a great alternative for problematic younger skin that needs hydration without encouraging spots. From your twenties though, its presence in your body starts to decrease.
This is a pivotal decade for your skin. Oxidative stress, UV rays and pollution are all working against you and impacting the amount of hyaluronic acid in your body. This is especially noticeable in the epidermis layer, meaning that your skin loses its natural ability to maintain a good level of hydration and signs of tiredness are more visible. It’s therefore an important time to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your everyday routine. Use skincare that has a high concentration for an added boost of hydration - a hyaluronic-acid-rich serum is one of the easiest ways to get started, as it absorbs quickly and can be layered.
With the levels of hyaluronic acid in your body continuing to decrease both qualitatively and quantitatively, this is the age when wrinkles set in permanently. As the cells slow down their activity levels, they struggle to communicate with each other and can’t recover as well from the damage caused by external aggressors. To combat this, use skincare with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid that can penetrate the skin’s layer of living cells. Apply to freshly cleansed, wet skin and it will absorb even quicker. Double up your morning routine with a serum, such as L'Oreal’s Paris Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Replumping Serum, and a volumising face cream too and you’ll have plumper cheeks and a more youthful complexion in no time.
With the menopause causing your cells to undergo a complete upheaval, the impact on your skin is perhaps most noticeable at this time. Not only can lines deepen on your face, neck and décolletage, but your skin loses vital volume. Applying serums, day creams and night creams can help to compensate for any loss of hyaluronic acid though. For best results, massage the skin lightly with your thumb and index finger after cleansing in the morning or evening. Then apply a thick layer of a hyaluronic-acid-rich night cream as a mask, allowing it to sink in for a few minutes before massaging in the rest to your face, neck and décolletage.