Boost skin moisture during dry winter months
I frequently hear the question, “How can I keep my skin moisturized as fall transitions into winter?” This time of year, it’s no surprise when skin looks dull, dry, or dehydrated. In fact, you’re probably noticing more visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. A great way to boost the amount of moisture your skin gets is by using natural products rich in hyaluronic acid.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring molecule that acts as a humectant by binding with water. It is found in the eyes, joints, connective tissues, and skin, performing many crucial functions in the body. In the joints, HA is present in cartilage and synovial fluid, acting as both a lubricant and shock absorber. In the skin, HA is present in large quantities in the extracellular matrix—the space between cells filled with collagen, elastin, water, and other components. This forms the scaffolding of the skin, providing healthy structure, texture, and tone.
Numerous medical applications have been discovered for hyaluronic acid. Doctors use HA injections to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and HA solutions during ophthalmic surgery. HA injections are an approved wrinkle treatment within the field of cosmetic dermatology, just as collagen injections fill wrinkles and plump up skin. Doctors also use topical HA as a vehicle in the treatment of actinic keratoses, which are small, precancerous rough spots on the skin caused by overexposure to the sun. Incredible, isn’t it? One molecule has so many beneficial uses and so many functions in the body.
Replenish Maximum Moisture
As we age, production of hyaluronic acid in our bodies unfortunately slows down. So, not only are we dealing with a drying climate this time of year, but our skin is also getting drier over time. Taking HA supplements—while also applying it topically—can help promote both a healthy body and healthy skin.
When applied topically, HA hydrates skin in a way that no other ingredient can. Nicknamed “Nature’s Sponge” or “Moisture Magnet,” it helps create a moisture reservoir that replenishes and restores skin hydration over time. This helps keep skin fresh-looking, visibly plumping the skin’s surface to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use, skin texture will become incredibly soft, smooth, supple, and healthy.
HA can be found in an array of skincare formulas such as cleansers, mists, masks, moisturizers, and eye creams. Daily application can restore maximum moisture, while helping reduce the visible signs of aging for a healthier, younger-looking complexion.
If you prefer using vegan skincare products, be aware of the various hyaluronic acid types used in skincare formulas. Much of the commercially available HA comes from rooster combs or other animal byproducts. Vegan forms of HA can come from a bacterial fermentation process, giving you an animal-friendly alternative.
HA delivers ultimate moisturizing power and contributes to good skin health. It helps soften, condition, and rehydrate, plumping skin to visibly smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. Make hyaluronic acid the first thing you reach for this season to turn dry, thirsty, aging skin into fresh, healthy, youthful skin that glows today and all year round.
In celebration of derma e’s 30th anniversary, derma e cofounder and chief formulator Dr. Linda Miles will be writing this column for one year. The column will address natural skincare solutions, natural skincare ingredients, and skincare issues. Visit Dr. Miles online at dermae.com.