No skincare regimen is complete without Hyaluronic Acid. Produced naturally by the body, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a water-loving molecule that helps to preserve or retain moisture. In fact, one Hyaluronic Acid molecule can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water. But as we age, natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid decrease within the body, leaving skin dehydrated. As a skincare professional, you can combat the decreasing levels of Hyaluronic Acid in your clients’ skin. Boosting levels of Hyaluronic Acid in your clients’ skin will leave them looking younger, healthier, and happier. Here are 7 reasons your clients will fall in love with Hyaluronic Acid:
#1 – Keeps Skin Hydrated
As mentioned, Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. More importantly, HA penetrates the skin, binding water to skin cells. By binding the moisture to the skin, the skin can then absorb the water. This is the difference between hydration and moisturizing. Moisturizing uses oils to lock in hydration, but as the lipid barrier breaks down, the skin loses moisture. Hydrating the skin with HA is like giving your skin a big drink of water.
#2 – Increases Skin’s Resilience
The top layer of skin (epidermis) contains a lipid barrier. The fatty acids that make up this barrier trap water in and keep irritants and pollutants out. As skin ages, the lipid barrier weakens. Hyaluronic Acid fortifies the skin’s natural lipid barrier. This fortification helps defends against environmental factors and pollutants that age the skin. A stronger lipid barrier improves the skin’s resilience, keeping skin smoother and bouncier.
#3 – Acts as a Humectant
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant. Think of a humectant as a water magnet. HA continues to draw in and hold onto moisture after it’s collected. The humectant effect of HA works in two ways: moisture within the body is drawn to the epidermis (top layer of skin), and moisture from the air is pulled in to the skin. With both the water below and above the surface of the skin collected, ultimate hydration is reached.
#4 – Makes Skin Tighter and Smoother
Elastin gives skin its bounce-back. Elastin decreases with age, giving skin a saggy appearance. Hyaluronic Acid can’t replace skin’s elastin, but it can help with the appearance of tightness in the skin. HA fills the skin with moisture, especially if it is injected. As water is attracted to the HA molecules, facial contours become firmer and fine lines and wrinkles are filled in. Hyaluronic Acid, therefore, tightens the overall complexion by creating a plumping effect.
#5 – Stimulates Cell Regeneration
HA boosts hydration of the skin. When the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration, increased skin cell production takes place. HA doesn’t speed up the cell renewal process. What Hyaluronic Acid does is improve the condition of the skin, optimizing cell regeneration. Optimal cell regeneration leads to healthier skin and a more vibrant complexion.
#6 – Improves Pigmentation Issues
UVB rays from the sun are extremely damaging to the skin. HA protects the skin from UVB rays, which can cause sunspots. Always, however, wear an SPF of at least 30 for extra skin protection. Furthermore, since HA helps with cell regeneration, increased cell turnover prevents age spots and pigmentation issues. Vitamin C paired with Hyaluronic Acid can also help to treat dark spots on the skin, leading to a more even complexion.
#7 – Improves Skin Clarity
When skin is in need of hydration, it can overcompensate by producing more oil. Over-production of oil can clog pores and cause breakouts. Hyaluronic Acid promotes a proper moisture balance within the skin, preventing over-production of oil that can cause acne. If skin has already been scarred from acne, Hyaluronic Acid in combination with a dermaroller can make skin look smoother. Just because skin is oily doesn’t mean it doesn’t need hydration. All skin types need hydration.
With all the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, there is no reason your clients won’t come back again and again for treatments. It’s up to you to educate them, however, on the benefits of HA. NanoGlow Academy has given you a great start with the information provided here, but, as always, we are here to offer information and assistance. Together, we can make your business grow by advancing your education and knowledge.