Hyaluronic Acid 101

These days, it seems like someone is always finding the latest new ingredients, sourced from unbelievable and remote places and promising results that are almost as unbelievable. While many of these new discoveries do indeed provide benefits, it’s sometimes good to rely on tried and tested ingredients that provide measurable results.

Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that has been studied and tested for decades, with scientists, dermatologists, and every day women agreeing on its efficacy. Despite its slightly scary sounding name, hyaluronic acid is one of the gentlest things you can apply to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance known as a ‘glycosaminoglycan’, a very important substance found in the body that lubricates your joints. It is also found in your skin and connective tissues where it helps everything stay in shape by keeping cells full of moisture.

One of hyaluronic acid’s biggest benefits is its incredible ability to hold large amounts of moisture.  One gram of hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold up to six liters of water, making it crucial for keeping skin looking healthy, firm, pliable and young. Unfortunately, like many things, as we age our body stops producing as much hyaluronic acid as it used to, which can lead to dry, sagging skin. This is where topical applications of hyaluronic acid can help.

Due to their size, hyaluronic acid’s molecules are usually too large to penetrate the surface of the skin. However, thanks to advances in science, we now have products that contain hyaluronic acid with a lower molecular weight which allows them to penetrate the skin and instantly plump up it up while softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If the idea of softer, smoother, firmer, more hydrated and resilient skin sounds appealing, we’ve rounded up our favorite hyaluronic acid products for you to try.

Rodial Cougar Skin Zero Gravity Booster – Taking advantage of hyaluronic acid’s plumping and lifting properties, this anti-aging serum combines hyaluronic acid with collagen tripeptide and vitamin C to lift and firm mature skin.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator – Five powerful hydrators, including Hyaluronic Acid, are blended together in this serum to instantly hydrate your skin and provide eight hours of continuous moisture. This serum is so powerful that it will instantly smooth out the appearance of lines.

Kerstin Florian Correcting Hyaluronic Serum – This serum will provide an instant and optimal dose of hydration to your skin, while soothing and fortifying it with chamomile and algae extracts. It also neutralizes aging free radicals.

Premium SkinDesign 4D Eye Contouring – The skin around your eyes is a little more delicate than the rest of your face, which makes it more susceptible to premature aging. This cream will plump up the area, neutralize dark circles, and smooth out fine lines while hydrating and firming your skin.

Filorga Hydra Filler – With a combination of two pure hyaluronic acids that deeply hydrate, replenish, and plump up the skin, this treatment instantly plumps and smooths wrinkles and lines. The addition of micro-fragmented hyaluronic acid also stimulates the production of collagen for plumper skin in the long run.

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