Hyaluronic acid is now one of the most popular active ingredients in the cosmetics industry, especially in the area of skin care. The manufacturers of creams, lotions and other care products promise positive effects through hyaluronic acid. The reason: Withhyaluronan you can prevent and combat various aspects of skin aging. So what exactly is this hyaluronic acid, how does this substance work and, more importantly, what do creams with hyaluronic acid actually do
In this article we explain what hyaluronic acid is, where it is found and what functions it performs in the body. To do this, we will go into the various properties and capabilities of hyaluronic acid that are important for skin care. We then go into the different types of hyaluronic creams and the advantages and disadvantages of hyaluronic creams compared to other care products. At the end we share important tips so that you can use your hyaluron cream optimally and make it work even better.
What is hyaluronic acid cream?
Obviously: A hyaluronic acid cream is essentially based onHyaluronic acid as an active ingredient. As a rule, creams with hyaluronic acid are particularly moisturizing face creams against wrinkles, but other care products can also contain hyaluronic acid. Apart from the main active ingredient, most hyaluron creams contain various oils that also have a positive effect on the moisture content of the skin. Really good creams combine the moisture boost from hyaluronic acid with hydrating onesureato combat dry skin and prevent wrinkles even better.
Depending on what type of cream it is, the exact concentration of hyaluronic acid in it can vary.
What is hyaluronic acid?
The term„hyaluronan“ is used as a common abbreviation for hyaluronic acid. It is derived from the Greek word ὕαλος, which means glass in German. The name goes back to the German physician Karl Meyer, who discovered hyaluron in the eye during an examination of the vitreous body in the 1930s.te.
From a chemical point of view, hyaluron is a glycosaminoglycan, more precisely a chain of 250 to 50,000 disaccharides (carbohydrate compounds), which in turn consist of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine and D-gluconic acid.
Hyaluron occurs naturally in the body of humans and animals, where it is primarily responsible for binding water and the functionality of cells.
Hyaluronic acid can now be produced synthetically, which means that the active ingredient is also represented in vegan cosmetics. In the past, rooster combs were mostly used as a basis to obtain hyaluron. Only for medical purposes is it mostly still the case that animal components are used as the basis for hyaluronic acid.
What are hyaluronic acid creams used for?
Mainly because of its water-binding properties, hyaluronic acid is a very popular ingredient in serums, creams and lotions for moisturizing and anti-aging treatments.
In the vitreous humor of the human eye, a proportion of 2 percent hyaluronic acid binds 98 percent water. The connective tissue is also stabilized with the help of hyaluronic acid. In joints, hyaluronic acid fulfills the role of a lubricant and thus protects the bones and cartilage from wear and tear. Hyaluronic acid also helps to maintain and expand the spaces between cells, which is important for healthy cell migration.
In the form of tablets and capsules, hyaluronic acid strengthens the body from the inside, while different types of hyaluronic acid creams protect the skin from various signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid fulfills the following important functions on the skin:
- Hyaluron binds water in the skin and thus, like collagen, ensures good elasticity. The fabric thus counteracts the formation of wrinkles and reduces sagging skin.
- Thanks to the effective supply of moisture, hyaluronic acid supports healthy and shiny skin.
- Since hyaluronic acid protects the skin from dryness, it also prevents flaking and cracks in the skin.
- Since hyaluron stabilizes the skin, the substance even strengthens it to a limited extent against external influences such as environmental pollution or UV radiation.
What are the different types of hyaluronic creams??
Hyaluron is an effective ingredient in anti-aging creams, although hyaluron is not only used in classic face creams. You can buy the following types of creams with hyaluronic acid in any common drugstore:
- Various day and night creams contain hyaluronic acid in addition to other ingredients to provide the facial skin with moisture and counteract the aging process. The hyaluronic acid in such creams is usually not very concentrated. The hyaluronic creams are usually suitable for relatively gentle daily use.
- Body lotion with hyaluronic acid has also become very popular, since not only the facial skin can be affected by dryness and signs of aging, but of course the skin on the body as well.
- Eye cream with hyaluronic acid also specifically cares for the eye area and can help against crow's feet and dark circles, for example.
Sun cream with hyaluronic acid protects the skin in several ways in summer from drying out and the formation of wrinkles by not only donating or binding moisture, but also theUV radiation blocked.
- Lubricating cream can also be made with hyaluronic acid, because the natural substance ensures a pleasant gel-like consistency.
- Some cooling gels for burns or insect bites also contain hyaluronic acid as a stabilizer and to accelerate healing.
- Wound ointment also often contains hyaluronic acid, because the substance can contribute to rapid wound healing.
- Serums are thinner, more concentrated and contain less fat than normal creams for everyday use. A high-quality hyaluronic acid serum is best used after washing or microneedling and before applying the day cream.
To test the positive effects of hyaluronic acid, we recommend a face cream like thisHydra Defense Cream: It combines the power of hyaluron and urea to provide yours with the best possible moisture and protect them from wrinkles.
If you want to use hyaluronic acid in particular for your anti-aging care, it is worth taking a look atYouth Infusion Cream. The anti-aging cream is based on hyaluronic acid and intensifies the anti-aging effect by smoothing out wrinklesSpilanthol and herbalRetinol.
What are the pros and cons of hyaluronic creams
Hyaluron is an effective active ingredient that is used for cosmetic interventions as well as for the manufacture of everyday care products. Hyaluronic acid is generally known as an efficient remedy for wrinkles and other signs of aging on the skin. Nevertheless, critics complain that hyaluronic acid as a component of a cream often does not penetrate as deeply into the skin as it does with an injection.
Since the substance is naturally broken down by the body, the treatment is well tolerated, but has to be repeated regularly. The following table shows the main advantages and disadvantages of hyaluronic acid cream:
Benefits of hyaluronic creams
Disadvantages of hyaluronic creams
Effective moisturizing care
Very well tolerated
Stabilizes the consistency of creams
Can be made vegan
Difficult to penetrate into the lower layers of the skin
Effect not permanent
Use of hyaluronic acid: How to best apply hyaluronic acid cream
There may be doubts about the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid itself. The only challenge is that hyaluronic creams have to be absorbed deep enough into the skin. Because: If the hyaluronic acid only remains on the upper layer of the skin, it can only develop its effect to a very limited extent.
The following tips will show you how to prepare your skin so that the hyaluronic acid has the best possible access to the lower layers of the skin. After all, it should be able to optimally develop its moisturizing and rejuvenating effect:
- A close shave or other effective depilation, for example with wax strips, before applying the cream: This allows hyaluronic acid to penetrate the skin better because there are no hairs or flakes of skin in the way.
Wash your face gently with warm water to remove dirt and flakes. A is recommended for thismild facial cleanser – after all, you don't want to dry out your skin unnecessarily.
- You can also place a wet washcloth on your face for 15 minutes so that your skin pores can open and the hyaluronic cream or serum can penetrate better.
Also agentle exfoliation with oneKonjac sponge helps you remove dirt and flakes of skin to make the skin more receptive to hyaluronic creams.
- As an alternative to water and cleaning agents, you can use so-called dry brushing to remove dirt and dead skin cells from your skin.n.
- Microneedling treatments in a good cosmetic studio are somewhat more complex, but also effective: Tiny needles pierce the skin so that a serum or cream with hyaluron can penetrate the lower skin layers better.
With the help of cheap dermarollers, you can now do the microneedling yourself before you apply a hyaluronic acid cream. We advise caution here: Without any experience, you can injure and irritate your skin if you use it incorrectly. It is best to talk to your dermatologist beforehand whether the method is for you andYour skin type suitable is.
Conclusion on hyaluronic creams
Different creams use hyaluronic acid due to various helpful functions. We are particularly interested in the moisture-binding effect of hyaluronic acid in order to keep skin young: Hyaluronic acid provides your skin with plenty of moisture and has a positive effect on wrinkling. For this reason we also use hyaluronic acid in our creams, including the Hydra Defense Cream for moisturizing and theYouth Infusion Cream for anti-aging.
Since it is an active ingredient that occurs naturally in our body, hyaluron is particularly well tolerated and only very rarely leads to undesirable side effects.
It pays to prepare the skin before applying a hyaluronic acid cream. This enables the active ingredient to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin better. Microneedling is particularly effective for the preparatory treatment of the skin. However, we recommend onemildFacial cleansingbecause it does not stress the skin and is more caring for it.