Hyaluronic acid is skincare’s latest cure all ingredient.
From wrinkle remedies to dry skin treatments, this dermatological wonder-worker checks every box. But just what exactly does hyaluronic acid do? Do the skin-strengthening benefits of this miracle treatment extend to your scalp and strands? When this chemical component started popping up in our favorite haircare products, we knew we needed answers ASAP. So we consulted Robin Parker, Technical Director for British Beauty Experts Acheson & Acheson, to get a little behind-the-curtain insight on skincare’s best kept secret.
Below, Parker breaks down everything you need to know about adding this ingredient into your routine!
MA: What exactly is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?
RP: Hyaluronic acid has become an ubiquitous ingredient in skincare over the last 10 years or so and is now recognized more widely as an important ingredient for hair care as well. In biochemistry language, it’s known as a glycosaminoglycan. These are important components of many biological systems and exist in many parts of the human body. Hyaluronic acid specifically is a critical component of the skin structure and it plays an important role in many skin functions. Most importantly, it helps to regulate and hold water in the skin. The skin on the scalp needs moisturizing just as any other part of the body so it makes sense to formulate hair care with this in mind. The hair itself also requires a degree of moisture to retain its healthy appearance so including a water binding molecule into your hair care regime is a sensible option.
MA: How does hyaluronic acid affect hair and scalp health?
RP: As hair starts its life in the hair follicles which are part of the scalp skin structure, it makes sense that a healthy scalp should help lead to healthy hair growth. Balanced moisturization is well understood as a critical factor in skin health so expertly formulated products which contain moisturizers like hyaluronic acid are an important part of any scalp and hair care regime.
MA: Are there any negative side effects associated with hyaluronic acid?
RP: No. Other than cost, but this is less of an issue these days. Hyaluronic acid used to be very expensive and was once animal derived. Advances in biotechnology has meant that hyaluronic acid is now produced mostly from wheat as a starting point. As a result, the cost has gone down slightly, and availability has increased over the last few years.
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MA: Who should use hyaluronic acid in their hair care routine?
RP: I would say everyone can benefit from a little hyaluronic acid in their lives! But those who suffer from a ‘dry’ flaky scalp would be the biggest beneficiaries.
MA: How can you incorporate hyaluronic acid into your hair care regimen? What should consumers look for in a hyaluronic acid product?
RP: Look for scalp serums particularly where the HA is used at higher concentrations and the direct delivery to the scalp means it has a better chance of working. Grow Gorgeous Original Serum and Grow Gorgeous Intense Hair Density Serum both contain hyaluronic acid. Alternatively, or to supplement the serums, use a hair and scalp mask. Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Hair and Scalp Mask delivers the benefits of hyaluronic acid along with many other powerful active ingredients.