Hyaluronic acid is a very popular ingredient that is used in both skincare and makeup. The body produces it naturally as well. What it does is assist the skin in hydration, skin repair, and protection against harsh UV radiation and free radicals.
The main job that hyaluronic acid does in skin care is to hydrate the skin to keep it moist and looking healthy. It can reduce wrinkles since those are caused by primarily by dehydrated skin. It does this because it has excellent water retaining abilities.
There are two kinds of hyaluronic acid. There is low molecular weight hyaluronic acid (also known as LMW-HA) and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HMW-HA). These have two very different results when applied together in skin care products. There is a belief that only low weight hyaluronic acid is necessary or that it is the better of the two.
However, new research shows that its low weight hyaluronic acid alone is not enough for proper skincare. Since LMW-HA can stimulate inflammation and scarring of the skin. Something that anyone who wishes to care for their skin should avoid so far.
When combined with the high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, however, the benefits become very clear. Since while the regenerative qualities of hyaluronic acid are found within the high molecular weight acid, the responses produced by the low molecular weight acids improve the ability of the skin to defend itself by activating chemicals in the body to work better for the epithelium.
This, when combined with the high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which is impermeable, also offers to protect the skin even further against UV radiation and free radicals. The high molecular weight hyaluronic acid does not penetrate too deep into the skin, but the effects of the low molecular weight hyaluronic acid go far deeper in order to be better absorbed by the skin so far.
So while the high molecular weight hyaluronic acid does very well to keep the skin hydrated, it counteracts the tendency of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid to cause scarring due to dryness, but at the same time, the low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is absorbed very easily and possess much better anti-irritant and regenerative proprieties, they can work in tandem to produce the result you want for proper skincare.
So when shopping for supplements and creams, be sure to check that the product you purchase has both types listed in the ingredients. If you cannot find a product that contains both, you should purchase two different products that contain both the ingredients separately and apply them together in the same session for the best results.
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