Hyaluronic Acid: What It Is And How It Benefits You
Hyaluronic acid can be counted among the plethora of hot skincare and beauty trends out there right now. While you might have heard of it, you may not know exactly what hyaluronic acid is and how it can benefit your skin.
That’s understandable because when people use the word “acid” in reference to essential skin care, it can seem counterintuitive and a bit scary. So, let’s break it down!
Read on for our take on hyaluronic acid, a powerful anti-aging factor in today’s skincare industry.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
The word “acid” might make you think of something cooked up in a lab or a chemical ingredient that’s best to stay away from. That’s not the case with hyaluronic acid! In fact, it is found in your body.
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule (a sugar) that is naturally occurring in the skin and connective tissue and serves to hydrate your skin.
Hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which makes it an impressive and powerful way to rehydrate the skin. It also helps to lubricate the connective tissue, joints, and eyes and assists in wound healing.
In the medical world, hyaluronic acid is used in eye drops, some eye surgeries, and even sometimes to ease joint stiffness. But here at Babo Botanicals, we’re most interested in how it benefits your skin, so let’s focus on that.
We mentioned that hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in your skin, but what about skincare products that contain this ingredient? Where does that hyaluronic acid come from?
Some hyaluronic acid is derived from animals. However, in Babo Botanicals products, we certainly do not use this derivation of the acid.
Babo Botanicals proudly sources our hyaluronic acid from fermented and Non-GMO corn and yeast. This is a very big difference from many other skincare products!
All of that being said, let’s take a closer look at how hyaluronic acid benefits your skin.
How Hyaluronic Acid Benefits Your Skin
Hydrates Your Skin
We mentioned above that hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. That means it is excellent at providing your skin with much-needed hydration!
And well-hydrated skin means healthier skin. But it can also mean more youthful-looking skin, which brings us to the next point.
Smoothes Your Skin
As we age, our skin doesn’t retain moisture as easily. As hyaluronic acid pumps moisture into your skin, it can help your skin stay soft, supple, and firm.
Hyaluronic acid revitalizes and rehydrates your skin, smoothing and softening the outer layers — instantly minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles — and is a powerful anti-aging factor in modern skincare.
No wonder so many people are talking about this ingredient!
Helps Heal And Soothe Your Skin
In addition to being hydrating and smoothing, hyaluronic acid also helps to support healing by acting as an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing your skin.
Hyaluronic acid is calming, soothing, and contains many antioxidants that can rejuvenate skin. It is becoming more widely used in serums and moisturizers across the skincare spectrum.
It can aid in skin protection and help fight damaging UVA rays, too. But don’t take that to mean that hyaluronic is all you need to protect your skin from the rays of the sun! Far from it.
Don’t forget that lathering up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential.
We’ve gone over the basics of hyaluronic acid and why it’s become such a popular skincare ingredient. If you have other questions or want to ask about adding this anti-aging compound to your skincare regimen, please contact your doctor or dermatologist.
Hyaluronic acid is hailed for its hydrating and anti-aging properties. And since we know that everyone would like to deal with fewer wrinkles, we’re going to hone in on that.
To wrap up, we’ll mention one of our favorite products that contains hyaluronic acid and also tell you about a few other ways to hydrate your skin and ward off skin aging.
Hyaluronic Acid And Anti-Aging Tips
Use Aloe Vera With Hyaluronic Acid
If you’re on the hunt for products that contain hyaluronic acid, add this one to your repertoire: Babo Botanicals After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel. It’s the ideal skincare solution for hot, dry summertime weather!
Made with the most concentrated amount of organic aloe vera leaves, this cooling gel forms a protective barrier that helps retain moisture and promote healing. And, since it has hyaluronic acid inside, it’s even more hydrating for your thirsty skin!
This hydrating gel is non-sticky, soothing, cooling, and quick to absorb into your skin. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the plant-based formula also contains green tea, witch hazel, rosehip oil, and eucalyptus oil.
After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel is ideal for after-sun skin care and will refresh and revitalize skin that’s been exposed to the sun.
Another reason we love this aloe vera gel is that it’s gentle enough for the whole family! We made it with all the good stuff and left out harsh chemicals and irritants. It’s also free of common allergens like gluten, soy, dairy, and peanut.
It contains Babo’s Nutri-Soothe™ Complex and is lightweight and paraben- and sulfate-free. So, you can feel good about applying this gentle product to your little ones’ skin as well.
Apply A Hydrating Sunscreen
Sun and hot, dry weather are drying to your skin. And, as we saw earlier, dry skin is more prone to wrinkles and fine lines. That’s one reason it’s so important to rehydrate your skin after sun exposure with the aloe vera gel we mentioned above.
However, it’s not just the drying effect of the sun that’s bad for your skin. The UVA and UVB rays that the sun emits can damage collagen and elastin in your skin, which both contribute to keeping your skin full, tight, and wrinkle-free.
And you don’t have to get a lobster-style sunburn for your skin to suffer the effects of sun exposure. The sun can damage your skin even if you don’t burn.
We recommend a mineral (not chemical) sunscreen, like Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - Fragrance Free.
This sunscreen fights off the rays of the sun with skin-safe zinc oxide rather than questionable chemical blockers like oxybenzone and octinoxate.
It’s extra-safe for you and your family because it’s also fragrance-free and gentle for even the most delicate and sensitive skin.
And, of course, we made this sunscreen with skin-soothing certified organic oils so that it moisturizes your skin while you’re hard at play and having fun in the sun.
What about a daily facial sunscreen? We’ve got you covered there, too.
Wear Facial Sunscreen Daily
Since the sun can damage your skin even on cloudy days, daily facial sunscreen is a must. But go for one that is also full of hydrating and anti-aging ingredients.
Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 - Fragrance Free is ultra sheer and lightweight to keep your skin protected every day.
Made with organic aloe vera, avocado oil, and jojoba oil, this sunscreen soothes and moisturizes your skin. But not only that! It also contains rose hip and green tea, powerful antioxidants, to help prevent premature aging. Perfect!
While hyaluronic acid is excellent at hydrating your skin, it’s not the only way to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. A regular moisturizing routine can go a long way!
When you hop out of the shower (or get your babies out of the bathtub), apply lotion after toweling off but before your skin has the chance to dry out.
If you’re looking for a natural, gentle lotion, Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Lotion is a great, one-stop solution for the whole family!
It’s made with non-GMO colloidal oatmeal, which is known to comfort itchy, dry, and chafed skin associated with eczema. It contains shea butter, organic chamomile, and Babo Botanicals Nutri-Soothe™ Complex rich in vitamins and antioxidants to moisturize and enrich your skin.
Opt For Hyaluronic Acid And Hydrated Skin
Not to burst their bubble, but hyaluronic acid was not the beauty industry’s idea. It was mother nature’s invention to keep our skin hydrated!
And now, it’s used as a hydrating and anti-aging ingredient in skincare products. Mostly because as hyaluronic acid pumps moisture into your skin, it helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
To help your skin stay hydrated and smooth, turn to products made with hyaluronic acid, like Babo Botanicals After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to try one of the most popular anti-aging skincare products for yourself — hyaluronic acid!