The Evolution of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is having its moment - and it’s not in a hurry to be going anywhere soon. A fast-growing beauty staple in most of our skincare routines, it's known to combat the signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles and dry skin as well as firm up and brighten your complexion. It’s loved by celebs, favored by those of all ages, and was 2013's most popular wrinkle filler. Luckily, you don’t need to go down the injection route if you want to reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid as there are a host of beauty products on the market focusing on it. But where did the obsession with this ingredient begin? Here we take a look at the evolution of hyaluronic acid and what it can do for your skin.

A bottle of Cosmedica Skincare's Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Where did hyaluronic acid originate?

Hyaluronic Acid was first discovered almost a century ago, back in 1934, by Columbia University researchers Karl Meyer and John Palmer. They extracted the vitreous humor from the eyeballs of a cow and characterized it as a highly hygroscopic, high-molecular-weight polysaccharide acid. In the 1970s, scientists realized they could extract hyaluronic acid from the combs of roosters and its use became more popular. The companies that tended to extract and utilize it mostly had connections to the poultry or egg industries due to their easy access to roosters. Things have changed drastically since this time and nowadays, particularly with such a focus on vegan skincare, most hyaluronic acid products are made from more natural substances. It now tends to be derived from a plant fermentation process that is more ethical and also cheaper for companies to execute.

What are some benefits of hyaluronic acid?

Closeup of a man's face with soft, hydrated skin from hyaluronic acid serum.

The benefits of Hyaluronic acid are paramount and when looking to give your skin a much-needed boost, it’s a no-brainer. Some of the benefits of Hyaluronic acid include:

  • It can diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • It can make the skin look plumper and more radiant
  • It makes the skin more hydrated
  • It improves the elasticity of the skin
  • It makes your other makeup and skincare products sit better on the skin
  • It gives your skin a healthy glow

How should you use hyaluronic acid?

An open jar of Cosmedica Skincare's Hyaluronic Dew moisturizer.

There are many ways you can use hyaluronic acid depending on your skincare routine and skin type. Apply a hyaluronic dew multi-mask as a deeply moisturizing sleep pack or to instantly soothe any dry spots on your skin. You could use a cleanser, or a serum as part of your skincare routine. Our Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is designed to enhance the skin's natural moisture balance and can be used in the morning and evening.If you are looking to add hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine, we have a host of products perfect for you to try. From a hyaluronic acid serum to a Hyaluronic Dew multi-mask or a moisturizer, there is something for everyone. You can find out more about it and peruse our range of hyaluronic acid products here.

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