No doubt you’ve heard looking at skincare’s latest beauty obsession – hyaluronic acid.
Today we’re taking at this skincare wonder ingredient and the best K-Beauty hyaluronic acid products on the market.
If you answered an “acid”, you’d be wrong. Unlike the name might suggest, hyaluronic acid is actually a humectant (a molecule that attracts water).
It’s a different category than actual acids like BHAs, AHAs and the like.
Hyaluronic acid is actually naturally found in the skin as well as the connective tissues in the body, where it acts as a cushioning and lubricant for joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes.
Part of the reason young skin is so smooth and elastic is that it naturally contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid, which helps it stay healthy. Hyaluronic acid is even used in lip fillers for cosmetic surgery as it is great for plumping.
One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water.
This water-binding and attracting property allows it to fill up the spaces between the collagen and elastin in the skin, which helps skin stay supple and prevents wrinkles forming in dry skin.
This quality also makes hyaluronic acid great for moisturising skin.
Dehydration is one of the main reasons behind skin ageing. For this reason, hyaluronic acid – which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have ingredient when it comes to repairing skin’s moisture barrier.
Hyaluronic acid also promotes collagen formation.
Collagen fibres are broken down naturally as they are exposed to free radicals and UV radiation. This causes premature wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Reducing free radicals is the key to promoting normal levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin.
For skincare, we love:
This newly released APLB Essence is infused with Glutathione (100ppm), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid (100ppm) and more to provide elasticity and nutrition for youthful looking skin.
This revitalizing post-cleanse toner contains Hyaluronic Acid (45%) and Seabuckthorn Extract (5%), offering deep hydration while nourishing and soothing sensitive skin. It’s the perfect choice to revitalize rough, dry skin.
This potent hydrator gives skin the optimum level of moisture, offering deep nutrition with Sodium Hyaluronate (4,000ppm). It feeds and enriches the skin for a healthy glow.
This highly functional moisturising cream is perfect for all skin types, combining 30% of hyaluronic acid with ceramides, plant oils and more. The moisture molecules attracted by hyaluronic acid is easily delivered to the skin, keeping it soft and hydrated for longer.
This intensely hydrating cream boosts the skin’s moisture content and seals hydration inside, protecting it from further loss of hydration. With sea buckthorn oil providing nourishing vitamins and amino acids, it’s an excellent antioxidant to help repair cells and slow signs of aging.
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream – STYLE STORY’s all-time best-selling Korean BB Cream combines makeup and skincare in one, containing SPF42+ sun protection, anti-wrinkle and skin brightening properties. It also contains star beauty ingredient hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramide, which helps protect your skin’s barrier.
Are you currently using HA in your skincare routine? What are the best K-Beauty hyaluronic acid products you’ve found? Drop them in the comments!
"The key molecule involved in skin moisture is hyaluronic acid (HA) that has unique capacity in retaining water."- Dermatoendocrinol
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