Hyaluronic Acid: The Holy Grail Hydrator That You Can’t Do Winter Without
Instead of waking up on these cold mornings to more fine lines than you went to bed with and dull skin demanding a moisturizer, you could be waking up to dewier, plumper, more springy skin even in the winter months. It’s as simple as making sure you have this one holy grail ingredient in your skincare routine. Let’s talk about why you need hyaluronic acid asap.
It’s not your imagination. This time of year in particular, there are mornings when you look in the mirror and see wrinkles that you didn’t see yesterday and your skin may look more drawn and lackluster. But don’t panic. The good news is that these new signs of aging aren’t necessarily permanent changes to your skin yet, but rather, just noticeable signs of dehydration that are very correctable.
Winter Dehydrators You Can’t Avoid
- It’s easy to blame the cold, chapping air and wind of the winter months for seasonal dehydration, but it’s really our indoor air that’s doing most of the damage. We’re guessing that, like us, you’ve probably begun clicking that heater on each day and overnight now that the temperature has dropped into peppermint latte territory. Heating your home, car, and workspace is a necessity in most places, but it’s a major cause of dehydration for our bodies and skin. Most heaters pump dry heat into rooms to knock the chill out of the air and keep us toasty. But as this dry heat pulls moisture from the environment, you’re skin is no safer than your unsuspecting houseplants. The result is dry, dull skin that begins to look thinner and less elastic. You may be feeling this in the form of chapped lips as well.
- If you travel for the holidays, you might encounter another moisture zapper that can leave your skin looking more aged than it really is: airplane air. The recycled air in airplanes coupled with the altitude can pull water from your body at a dramatically quicker rate (much quicker than those little plastic cups of water can make up for!). This is why we may get off a plane looking fatigued even after a short daytime flight. Trust us when we say that flight attendants are some of the most committed to their skincare routines just to keep up with the beauty challenge posed by their profession.
- Another challenge to keeping your body hydrated during winter is your food. This time of year it’s totally natural to crave denser foods. We need these extra calories to keep our bodies warm and energized. Let’s face it, a cucumber salad or cold smoothie just isn’t as appealing when there’s snow on the ground. Foods that are richer in fat, protein, and carbohydrates are important for keeping us going through the winter, but they require more of our bodies’ water to digest so we’re going to need to supplement with extra hydration.
- Remember that the last organ in our bodies to receive water is our skin because our vital internal organs take priority for our survival. So if we’re not hydrated enough, this shows up on our skin first in the form of tight, flaky skin, rough texture, less volume, or a papery appearance that leaves lines more apparent. Don’t worry, there’s a fabulous fix for this.
Hyaluronic Acid And Why Water Often Isn’t Enough
Of course, rule number one for combatting dehydration is to drink plenty of water. You hear this advice all the time because it’s one of the easiest anti-aging steps you can take and we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you now and then. But doesn’t it often feel like you can’t possibly drink enough water to keep skin hydrated and looking its best? This is because you may be missing something to hold on to all that water, especially in extreme weather. Enter hyaluronic acid.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Contrary to the sound of its name, hyaluronic acid is not the type of acid that may first come to mind in skincare. It is not an exfoliating acid like the alpha hydroxy acids. It’s a completely different type of ingredient that ANY skin type can benefits from, even the most sensitive types. Hyaluronic acid is a type of polysaccharide called a glycosaminoglycan that occurs naturally in the connective tissues and skin of humans and animals.
How Does It Reduce Signs of Aging?
Among other functions, hyaluronic acid comprises a significant portion of the extracellular matrix (the outer portion) of our cells, including our skin cells, and helps to keep cells rounded and structured by retaining water. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold many times its weight in water in order to prevent cells from collapsing. When it comes to anti-aging for skin, this swelling from moisture retention is exactly what we want to create that plump, volumized, smooth complexion.
Think of your skin when it feels dehydrated. What we notice first is that it doesn’t glow and it has a somewhat flattened, more slack appearance rather than the bounce-back and buoyancy that connote youthful vigor. If our skin lacks sufficient hyaluronic acid, we can take in all the water we want, but our skin won’t hold onto it well enough for it to appear beneficial. On the flipside, hyaluronic acid needs water to do its job well. So if you’re not taking in enough water, your results may fall short of optimal. You need both sufficient hydration and hyaluronic acid to achieve your most radiant and full-volume complexion.
Plumped up cells fill out lines and wrinkles on the skin to minimize their appearance and create beautiful volume, which is precisely why hyaluronic acid is a popular injectable with dermatologists. But topically applied hyaluronic acid in the right formula can be so effective that injectables may not feel like a necessity if you prefer to avoid them.
Topical Hyaluronic Acid
If your skin is feeling unquenchably parched or looking drawn, you need topical hyaluronic acid asap. Because it immediately boosts your skin’s ability to retain moisture, results can be seen quickly and you’ll be waking up to better skin each morning.
Like other structural tissues in your skin cells including collagen and elastin, hyaluronic acid can be degraded by UV exposure and oxidative damage so guarding against skin damage is essential. We developed the Hyaluronic Acid Ultimate Hydration Serum to include a high concentration of hyaluronic acid carried in a water base infused with protective antioxidants like green tea leaf extract to create the perfect delivery of topical hyaluronic acid to your skin. This formula restores volume to smooth out lines and keep skin looking and feeling more lifted and supple even in the drying winter months.
Food Sources of Hyaluronic Acid
Just as we need to hydrate topically and from the inside out by drinking water, you can also work from the inside out by consuming hyaluronic acid-rich foods in addition to applying it topically. Foods rich in hyaluronic acid include animal foods, especially their skin, bones, and tendons. Soups made from these are a great choice for winter. You can also eat foods that boost your body’s ability to produce its own hyaluronic acid including starchy root vegetables and fresh, raw fruits and veggies that pack a lot of vitamin C. Optimize your diet by getting plenty of both types of hyaluronic acid enhancers.
Check out our incredibly powerful Hyaluronic Acid Ultimate Hydration Serum here for the quickest boost in moisture, volume, and smoothness. As always, we’re here to chat with you about your skin! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about this product or your skincare routine.