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Does Your Skin Need Hyaluronic Acid?

Vanessa Hathaway
Founder, Your Custom Beauty

A moisturizer and youth boost in one, hyaluronic acid is a miracle ingredient for all skin types, even sensitive and acne- or rosacea-prone skin.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a moisture magnet that can draw up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture into the layers of the skin. It’s a clear, gooey substance that, when added to skincare products, instantly fills in lines and wrinkles, plumps skin so it looks smoother, and improves skin’s elasticity.

 

1. Conquer crow’s feet and dark circles 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Gel Eye Cream is  specifically designed to smooth skin around the delicate eye area. The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly like a gel, with the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream.

 

 

2. Look refreshed

With Cosmetica Pure Hyaluronic Serum.  This organic hyaluronic acid serum contains hydrating and plumping properties to combat dryness. 100% pure serum provides intense moisture to your skin, making it look naturally bright and glowing.  Lightweightand non-greasy, this skin-friendly serum   is great for all skin typeswh, as well as being hypoallergenic, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. 

 

 

3. Refresh your parched skin 

With Renew Overnight Facial Mask.  While you’re sleeping your skin is in repair mode and highly receptive to active ingredients. Our overnight mask is designed to help ingredients penetrate more deeply as you sleep, working as both a barrier and sealant.  Loaded with moisturizing ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid, you’ll wake up with ultra-hydrated, nourished skin in the morning!  This mask is lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.  It’s absorbed by your skin after only a few minutes, so your bedding will also remain fresh and clean 🙂

 

 

4. Boost your skin’s resilience and firmness 

With Naturium Retinol Complex Serum.  Retinol is the gold standard of skincare — when combined with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E,  this serum provides a power-packed punch. This highly active serum is formulated with a 2.5% synergistic blend of microencapsulated retinols and bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative, that helps improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, uneven tone and overall radiance.

 

 

5. Get dewy skin while you sleep 

By applying a generous layer of Derma E Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid before bed. This rich moisturizer combines sodium hyaluronate to rehydrate thirsty skin and antioxidant green tea and vitamins A, C, and E to help soften and smooth lines and wrinkles.

 

 

On product labels, look for sodium hyaluronate or hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, forms of HA that penetrate the skin more easily.

“HA is a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan that is produced and present throughout the body, including high concentrations in the skin and joints,” says Joel L. Cohen, MD, Director of AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery in Denver. “HA is a large molecule that does most of its work on the surface of the skin, drawing moisture up from the underlying dermis into the upper surface layers.”

To overcome the large size of the HA molecule, many serums and moisturizers contain sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid in salt form) or hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid (broken-down hyaluronic acid). Both contain smaller particles than hyaluronic acid, which penetrate into skin more easily. One form of hyaluronic acid isn’t better than the other—in fact, if a product contains more than one form, skin can reap the benefits on multiple levels.

Cohen adds, “Hydrolyzed HA and traditional HA prove to be an effective combination that penetrates into the skin to hydrate the lower portion of the epidermis.”

With age, your body produces less of its own hyaluronic acid, so your skin becomes drier, thinner, and wrinkled. Since HA attracts and retains moisture, it is a key ingredient in rehydrating and anti-aging skin serums, moisturizers, eye creams, and toners. Hyaluronic acid also provides soothing and healing for irritated or cracked skin. The lightweight texture makes it ideal for all skin types, even sensitive and acne- or rosacea-prone skin.

Hyaluronic acid has long-term benefits as well. Over a sustained period of use, it helps restore the skin’s barrier function, creating another layer of defense against environmental aggressors, such as the sun, pollution, and free radicals.

 

Written by Sherrie Strausfogel for Better Nutrition and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

Featured image provided by Better Nutrition

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