The springtime hero ingredient

Spring has arrived and its time to leave behind the cold winter months. The harsh drying temperatures, heating and cold winds can leave our skin feeling dehydrated, parched and looking oh so dull! To get our skin spring-ready and back in its groove there is one hero ingredient we should be looking at incorporating into our skin care routine:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful ingredient. This gel-like water-holding molecule is moisture-binding and helps keep skin plump and hydrated. Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturiser. And our bodies also naturally produce Hyaluronic Acid.

Scientific studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid helps improve skin hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with wound healing.

So why do we need more if our bodies already produce it?

Well, the average human body contains about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid. However, one third of that gets degraded and synthesised on a daily basis. We also produce less and less as we age. So we need more, which is why many anti-ageing products contain Hyaluronic Acid. Just choose a serum or moisturiser that contains Hyaluronic Acid (also commonly listed as Sodium Hyaluronate) for softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Our favourite must-have Hyaluronic Acids products to incorporate this spring:

Dermalogica

Alpha H

Asap

Aspect

Cosmedix

Prodermal

Thalgo