The beauty of hyaluronic acid, from the inside out

Thought this anti-ageing skincare darling was just for heavenly hydration from the outside? Now hyaluronic can help you glow from the inside, too.

Unless you have been living under a large rock, you will not have missed the hype around superstar skincare ingredient hyaluronic acid.

Coveted for its ability to plump fine lines and provide a dose of glowy gorgeousness, the ultimate skin hydrator has been turning up in serums, sheet masks and creams.

And now you can reap its benefits from the inside, too.

Firstly, what exactly is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found naturally in the body. It holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, a bit like a sponge.

A “moisture binder”, HA attaches itself to the water in your cells, making them plump.

In skincare it’s known as a humectant, an ingredient that helps draw moisture to skin’s surface.

As you age, your natural production of this hydrating hero decreases (along with collagen and elastin) and so your skin starts to lose volume, hydration and firmness.

That is when incorporating hyaluronic acid into your beauty routine can become the answer to your skincare prayers.

In one international study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, female participants applied topical hyaluronic acid as a lotion, serum and cream. The results showed an increase of skin hydration of up to 96 per cent after eight weeks of use across the different types.

Taking hyaluronic acid from the inside out

If applying hyaluronic acid topically to skin can bring such hydration benefits, imagine the extra boost it can bring when ingested in supplement form.

In fact, science is finding that ingested hyaluronic acid can have real benefits when it comes to skin hydration and elasticity.

Research carried out in Japan in 2017 examining the anti-aging effects of hyaluronic acid supplements in 60 adults, found that participants who took the supplements experienced a decrease in wrinkles and improvement in skin condition compared to those in the placebo group.

While topical HA products target skin from the outside, taking hyaluronic acid from the inside allows it to move where you need it most, helping improve dry skin in the face and body with a “significant increase of skin moisture”.

Supplements often come with added ingredients such as collagen, making them a powerful power-healing force for good from the inside, while you moisturise from the outside.

Other ways to amp up the glow factor

And don’t forget those other must-dos for radiant skin.

A healthy diet, exercise, sleep and less stress are a great place to start, as well as lots of H2O.

Remember to gently cleanse your skin every day and to lock in moisture, use Swisse’s 2% Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin B Glow Booster Serum.

This science-backed formula will provide your skin with deep, instant hydration for plump, dewy skin that glows all day.

* This post is brought to you by Swisse’s 2% Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin B Glow Booster Serum.