Hyaluronic acid is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare. It's credited for being the fountain of youth, turning back the hands of time, reducing wrinkles, plumping skin, and softening skin texture. But does it really work? It sure does! That's why we include it in some of our favorite skincare products.
What is it?
Hyaluronic acid is a clear gel-like fluid that naturally forms in our body. It's found in our skin, lips, eyes, and between our joints. It helps our bodies retain moisture and look youthful. It keeps our checks plump and full, our lips soft and kissable, and our skin taut and elastic.
You can also find forms of hyaluronic acid in fruits and vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and bananas.
How does it work?
When applied topically, hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the skin, giving skin a dewy touch. With age, our bodies lose the ability to retain moisture, which causes our skin to droop and sag, and wrinkles to form. Adding skincare products with hyaluronic acid to your grooming routine returns moisture to the skin and improves retention.
The result is less fine lines and wrinkles, and plumper, smoother skin. When injected into the skin by a plastic surgeon, cheeks, lips, and other areas of the face that may be showing signs of aging are made fuller, more voluminous, and moisture attracting.
Restylane and Juvéderm are some of the injectable hyaluronic acid brands on the market.
How Long Does it Last?
When it comes to injectables, effects are seen immediately and last for 6 to 12 months according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. When it comes to topical treatments in the form of serums, masks, and moisturizers, the immediate effects are more smoother, dewy skin. Studies show that in as little as 14 days one may see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles when applied on a daily basis.