The Skin Care Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid may be one of the most misunderstood ingredients in skin care. When people see the word acid, they often associate it with a component of chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acid. Do not let the word acid scare you. It's not what you think it is.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance with remarkable skin care benefits. In science-speak, it is a mucopolysaccharide, a carbohydrate, and a moisture-retaining molecule. This unique substance can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, allowing it to act as a moisture magnet.
10 skin care benefits of hyaluronic acid
- Skin replenishing, helping restore moisture to dry skin
- Provides weightless moisture, making it ideal for oily skin
- Calming, making it perfect for sensitive skin
- Provides antioxidant benefits, helping shield against environmental contaminants
- Revitalizes skin's outer layer, giving aging skin a plumper and more youthful appearance
- Helps draw and retain moisture, for a dewy glow
- Helps improve texture, making skin smoother and more supple
- May help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes where skin lacks natural moisture
- Superior moisture-binding properties
- Maximizes collagen levels, helping skin look more youthful and vibrant
Who can use hyaluronic acid?
Everyone can use hyaluronic acid, even those with inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea. In fact, it is often used topically in health care settings to treat wounds and skin ulcers. Whether you have the most oily type of skin or most dry, hyaluronic acid will offer a multitude of skin benefits to help your skin look and feel healthy and hydrated.
Find Hyaluronic Acid in Seed Extra Moisturizing Face Cream.
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.