Actress Katie Holmes is 41 years old and still has a near-flawless complexion. The former Dawson’s Creek star has had something of a renaissance recently: last year she became a social media sensation after wearing a matching cashmere bra and cardigan to hail a cab in New York, and now everyone wants her fashion and beauty tips.
In a new cover story, Holmes gave us a peek into her skincare regime. “I’m basically always putting lotion on. I do all that Barbara Sturm stuff: hyaluronic acid, face brightening, face cream, skin cream. It’s so vain. But that [aging] happens. It kind of hits you,” she said.
Hyaluronic acid is a seriously buzzy ingredient in skincare right now. Also known as hyaluronan, the clear substance does naturally occur in the body.
Dr. Preema Vig, medical director of Dr. Preema London Clinic, says: “Hyaluronic acid is a long-chain molecule which is integral to the dermal support structure, in addition to other tissues such as cartilage.”
Due to the way hyaluronic acid is formulated, it is “ideal for cushioning the support structure of the skin, making it plump, smooth, and supple”, explains Vig. “It is predominantly found in the dermis (outer layer) of the skin and helps maintain hydration, skin resilience, and maintenance of structure — even when the skin is stressed.”
Hyaluronic acid bonds with water molecules, trapping moisture in the outer layers of the skin. The golden rule of great skin is hydration, as the extra moisture gives you a bouncy complexion and smooths out the appearance of lines – meaning hyaluronan can be a perfect accompaniment to all the water you should be drinking.
There’s a big market for hyaluronic acid moisturizers, serums, oils, and supplements, but why should we buy them if your body already contains it?
“Hyaluronic acid starts to decline as the skin ages, and once a critical amount of damage occurs, aging becomes increasingly visible with advancing years,” explains Vig. As you get older, your skin can begin to look less plump and glowy, due to a range of factors, from pollution to sun damage. This makes hydration more key than ever, particularly as your skin doesn’t contain quite as much hyaluronan as it used to.
If you suffer from red patches, studies have found that hyaluronic acid can help reduce inflammation, plus it’s been shown to be of benefit in helping heal wounds – it has antibacterial properties.
Hyaluronic acid can help bring a bit of life back to your complexion – and if Holmes is anything to go by, it can work a treat.
Dr. Barbara Sturm ‘Hyaluronic Serum’