We all know having a skin-care routine that includes products with nourishing ingredients is the best way to keep your skin looking young and healthy. So why don’t we put that same thoughtfulness and care into the way we treat our hair?
It’s time to SKIN CARE your hair.
Meet hyaluronic acid (HA). You’re going to want to add products with it to your routine.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced in your body, helping to contain moisture, hydrate our cells and aid in skin elasticity. Known as a moisture magnet, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water!
How does it work?
It’s considered a staple in skin-care products because of its ability to keep the skin plump and hydrated. Hello, anti-aging property! Because hyaluronic acid—which you may see listed in your hair products’ ingredients as sodium hyaluronate—is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture, it has the same moisturizing effect on our strands as it does on our skin.
If it's naturally produced in my body why do I need more?
As we age, the amount of HA our bodies produce decreases. Experts say by our 40s we produce half the amount necessary to keep the skin and hair as hydrated as it did when we were younger. It only makes sense that we should be replenishing this substance to ensure our skin continues to retain moisture. Because skin cells that are properly hydrated are plump and plump equals fewer lines.
What will it do for my hair?
HA is found on the dermal layer of your skin and scalp, but not your strands themselves. In fact, your hair strands are mainly made up of proteins, and only contain a small amount of moisture. But HA helps moisturize and de-frizz your hair because it’s actually a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture. So when a product with it is applied to your hair it allows your strands to better absorb and seal in the moisture provided by the products.
Does it work on all hair types?
Yes! All hair types can benefit from the added hydration. It’s especially great for dry, damaged hair that is exposed to color treatments and heat. Damaged hair cannot hold onto moisture, so HA is able to penetrate those strands and restore hydration. The more you use it, the healthier and more hydrated your hair will be.