Hyaluronic Acid: What It Is, What It Does and How to Use It

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

It starts in your 20s. You look in the mirror and notice that line near your eye is not going away by the afternoon anymore. Then another one pops up on your forehead and another around your mouth. It is just part of getting older, right? Well, that does not mean you shouldn’t do anything about it. The earlier you begin using anti-aging creams and serums, the longer it will take for wrinkles to permanently take residence on your face.

There is a multitude of contributing factors that cause fine lines and wrinkles: facial movement; the slowing down of cell regeneration; sunlight and blue light; reduction in collagen and elastin; and a loss in hydration. Luckily, you can help to combat signs of aging without any scary needles—by using topical treatments. One of the best ingredients to look for in anti-aging serums and moisturizers is hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a gooey substance that is naturally created in your body. Its function is to lubricate and cushion tissue by helping it retain water. A single gram can supposedly hold up to six liters of water! When used as a topical such as a serum or moisturizer, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which gives skin a smoother look and also reduces redness.

Often hyaluronic acid is created from rooster combs or cow eyes, but there are vegan options too. At OneYou, our plant-based skincare brand uses Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, a water-binding sugar that has the ability to mimic naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid. It is sourced from Cassia, or Senna—a plant native to India.

When combined with glycerin, these two ingredients work together to hydrate your skin. While glycerin attracts water, Cassia Angustifolia binds with water to plump skin and create a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss. Hyaluronic acid does not discriminate. It can benefit all skin types because it helps to reduce irritating side effects from harsher ingredients like retinol that can dry out skin.

It is best to apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin if using a serum. Otherwise, it could actually have the opposite effect and dehydrate your skin since its function is to absorb moisture. Serums will drive this hero ingredient deep into your skin, whereas moisturizers will help to protect the skin’s barrier to keep water in.

In a 2016 German study*, 20 participants were divided into four groups of similar ages, and had the depth of their wrinkles, skin firmness and elasticity measured. Over a 3-month period, each group was given different hyaluronic acid-containing anti-wrinkle creams of various price ranges to use daily.

The results showed significant improvements after 3 months. Wrinkles were reduced by 10-20%, skin firmness increased in all groups by approximately 13-30%, and significant effects on skin elasticity improved in small groups.

Let those wrinkles know who’s the boss! Combat wrinkles with hyaluronic acid for more hydrated, smoother, and youthful skin. We currently offer two product lines at OneYou with vegan-friendly hyaluronic acid in both the serum and moisturizer. Both product lines are for all skin types and are gentle enough for daily use. The OneYou Defy Age system is recommended for those who have more defined wrinkles and dull skin that needs more intensive support. If you have blemish-prone skin with dark spots or scars you would like to brighten, then the OneYou Bright & Clear system could be a better match for you.

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*Poetschke, J., Schwaiger, H., Steckmeier, S. et al. Anti-wrinkle creams containing hyaluronic acid: how well do they work?. MMW - medical advances 158, 1–6 (2016).

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(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. Ritual Balance and its affiliates does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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