Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid: The Ultimate Hydrating Moisturizer Ingredient

Do you know what keeps your skin supple and resilient? Or what makes it feel so good and hydrated? If 'Hyaluronic acid' popped up in your mind, let us tell you this: YOU ARE RIGHT!

Think of Hyaluronic acid (HA) as a magnet that draws and retains water molecules to keep your skin well-hydrated and glowing. And you will be surprised to know that your body contains hyaluronic acid in great concentration. "Where?" you may ask. You can find it in your eyes, skin, and joints. 

Here's the twist! Natural processes like aging and external factors like smoking, pollution, and harsh UV rays can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid in your body. And the result? Early wrinkles, dry skin, and joint conditions, for starters. 

But every dark cloud has a silver lining. And here it's the fact that you can include hyaluronic acid topically via a hyaluronic acid serum and moisturizer or orally as supplements. And today, we are going to tell you all about the magic of hyaluronic acid for skin because who doesn't love healthy, glowing skin?

What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in your body. It's like a gooey, slippery substance whose primary role is to trap water in your tissue cells. It is also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate. So the next time you read these terms, know that they're talking about your skin's moisture savior! 

Hyaluronic Acid

When it comes to your skin, hyaluronic acid makes up for a major component. Besides drawing and retaining moisture, it helps with tissue repair. Hyaluronic acid, which is found in high concentrations in the epidermis, works as an antioxidant to inhibit the chemical reaction that gives rise to free radicals. Now, why is it important to stop these free radicals? Free radicals lead to oxidative stress, which, in turn, leads to aging and other issues.

Hyaluronic acid plays an important role when it comes to elasticity. With time, our body's levels of hyaluronic acid decrease. This leads to a loss in the skin's firmness and plumpness. By including a hyaluronic acid serum or a hyaluronic acid moisturizer, you are replenishing your skin with moisture, which is important for maintaining your skin's suppleness.

Furthermore, hyaluronic acid aids in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its structure and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid (HA) helps this process, which supports the skin's flexibility by increasing collagen levels.

The Science Behind HA's Hydration Power

Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant. This means that it is naturally capable of binding water more than one thousand times its weight. Now, where and how does this power act? 

Hyaluronic acid can be found in different molecule sizes, and this factor plays an important role. Large molecules of hyaluronic acid are excellent at drawing and binding large amounts of water. However, these molecules cannot penetrate the skin. So when you apply these large molecules of hyaluronic acid through a product, they sit on top of the skin, giving you surface-level hydration. 

Smaller HA molecules can easily penetrate the skin's topmost layer, the epidermis. So, if you are looking for a boost of hydration, choose a product that has HA molecules in several sizes.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid For Different Skin Types

Hydration for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Keeping your skin properly hydrated is very important if you have dry or sensitive skin. HA saves the day by giving your skin deep, long-lasting moisture that doesn't feel heavy or greasy. 

Its ability to draw and hold water in the skin's layers helps restore moisture, soothes sensitive skin, and stops it from drying out. This, in turn, helps reduce the flakiness and pain that come with dry skin, making the face smoother and more comfortable.

Balancing Oil Production for Combination Skin

People with combination skin have trouble because they have both dry and oily areas. Luckily, HA balances both skin needs. It keeps the skin hydrated without adding too much oil, which helps dry spots while keeping oilier areas moistened without making them feel too greasy. This makes the skin look more balanced and even-toned.

Lightweight Moisture for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Despite what most people think, even oily or acne-prone skin needs to be properly hydrated. The best answer is hyaluronic acid, which delivers moisture in a light, non-comedogenic way. What do we mean? It keeps your skin hydrated without clogging pores or making acne worse. 

Furthermore, hyaluronic acid helps control sebum production by maintaining the right amount of moisture. Result? Your skin does not make too much oil to compensate for being dry. Consequently, it reduces breakouts while keeping the skin feeling clean and moist.

Is All Hyaluronic Acid the Same?

The short answer is NO. Your skincare products are formulated using three types of hyaluronic acid molecules:

  • Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • Sodium acetylated hyaluronate
  • Sodium hyaluronate

Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid has the lowest molecular weight of these three types. This allows it to penetrate quickly into the skin. The next type, Sodium acetylated hyaluronate, is more modified, which ensures that it cannot be easily broken down by enzymes in the skin. It is also called the Super Hyaluronic Acid. 

Rejuvenating Night Gel

The last type is a salt derivative form, which makes this HA molecule more stable. It also can penetrate deeper into the skin. An excellent example is our Rejuvenating Night Gel with Sodium hyaluronate, Bulgarian Damask Rose Stem Cells, Evening Primrose Seed Extract, and more.

Product Ranges With Hyaluronic Acid

The next big question is, "How can you include hyaluronic acid in your routine?" Here's the answer! 

Hyaluronic Acid Serums

Hyaluronic Acid serums, like ILEM JAPAN's Hydrating Serum, are highly concentrated formulas that are made to give your skin a powerful dose of moisture. Higher amounts of HA are common in these serums, which lets them go deeper into the skin layers. 

Hydrating Serum

The best things about these serums are that they are easy on the skin, quickly absorb, and don't feel heavy or greasy. They are great for all skin types, but especially for those who want deep moisture without feeling heavy. Furthermore, these serums are great for making skin look fuller, lowering the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and bringing dull or dry skin back to life.

Creams and Lotions (Nourishing Eye Cream, Hand Creams)

Individuals who want a richer emollient for hydration will find it in creams and lotions with Hyaluronic acid. A lot of the time, these formulas mix HA with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, natural oils, or ceramides. This not only keeps the skin hydrated, but it also seals in moisture so it doesn't lose it during the day. 

Nourishing Eye Cream


ILEM JAPAN has a range of creams that include eye cream and hand cream. Our nourishing eye cream helps treat dark circles and hand creams help moisturize the hands and keep them fresh all day long. 

Hand Cream

The longer these creams and lotions stay on your skin, the softer, more supple, and deeply moisturized it feels. They are a great option for those with dry skin or those who need extra protection in tough weather like freezing winters!

Hyaluronic Acid-infused Sheet Masks

Sheet masks with hyaluronic acid, like our Hydrating Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask, are a luxurious and concentrated way to boost your skin's moisture instantly. Some of them even contain other hydrating ingredients that intensify the moisture. 

Biocellular Sheet Mask

For instance, our Hydrating Sheet Masks combine hyaluronic acid and Japanese Rice Bran Extract with bio-cellulose nata de coco to seal every drop of water and nature's goodness. 

Such sheet masks give your face a quick and intense boost of moisture, making them excellent for pampering yourself. Moreover, sheet masks help the skin look younger again, making it look smooth, plump, and glowing in no time.

Hyaluronic Acid-Boosted Moisturizers

Moisturizers that contain HA give you the benefits of keeping your skin hydrated with other skincare benefits. There are often different amounts of HA in these moisturizers, along with other active ingredients like vitamins, antioxidants, or peptides. 

They work well to keep skin hydrated all day and to treat specific skin problems. For instance, elasticity, plumpness, and skin barrier. 

Expert Tips for Optimal Hydration

Now that we've covered all there is about Hyaluronic acid, let's go over some expert tips to make the best of our hyaluronic acid-infused products! 

Quick Tips

  • Apply your hyaluronic acid-infused products on damp skin right after your shower or cleanse. This helps in better absorption and increases the effectiveness of HA to draw and retain moisture.
  • Make sure that you don't overdo it. A little goes a long way, and thus, a pea-sized amount for your face and neck should do well.
  • Follow up your HA-infused product with a moisturizer to seal in all the goodness.

Complementary Ingredients 

Hyaluronic acid is a versatile and compatible ingredient. This means that you can easily pair it with other ingredients like:

  • Vitamin C: While HA hydrates, Vitamin C can even tone the skin and help fade the dark spots for a glowing complexion.
  • Retinol or Peptides: Along with HA, these ingredients target signs of aging and improve skin texture and firmness.
  • Natural Extracts or Botanicals: Look for ingredients like Bulgarian Damask Rose Stem Cells or Tangerine Peel Extracts along with hyaluronic acid. For example, our Rejuvenating Night Gel combines Bulgarian Damask Rose Stem Cells with HA to promote cell renewal, skin texture, and hydration. Similarly, the Hydrating Serum combines Tangerine Peel Extracts and HA for clear, hydrated skin.

Lifestyle Factors

  • Making sure you drink enough water daily helps HA keep your face hydrated. Skin that is plump and soft is helped by drinking enough water.
  • Use an indoor humidifier to keep the air moist. This can help keep your skin from losing moisture in the winter months.
  • Include fruits and veggies, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidant-rich foods to help your skin stay healthy and hydrated.

Wrapping Up

Hyaluronic acid will keep your skin hydrated and plumpy, giving you that desired healthy glow, whether you use it in serums, creams, or masks. All you need to do is choose a product that fits well in your skincare routine and matches your skin type and needs. 

Finally, focus on a holistic approach towards skincare. Prioritize the right application of the products and pair them with ingredients that increase their efficacy. Remember, consistency is the key to achieving healthy, glowing skin. So give hyaluronic acid a try and be patient while it works its magic! 

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