HOW TO: Hyaluronic Acid

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As always, I’m on the hunt for products that are scientifically proven to make skin look clear, healthy and hydrated. Yes – getting facials regularly, drinking plenty of water, and wearing sunscreen on a daily basis are great rules to live by. But what else out there can help give my complexion a little extra boost?  

To maintain a youthful glow, one of the most important steps of your beauty routine should be applying some sort of moisturizer. Hydrated skin not only looks healthy, but is stronger and more prepared to fight off the daily contact between our face and pollutants. I love the moisturizer I’m currently using! It’s unscented, makes skin feel less dry without an oily after effect, has SPF 30, and hasn’t caused any breakouts. However, I can’t help but think that there’s something out there that could go a little deeper and force its way through the top layer of my skin. Something like…hyaluronic acid.

Sounds scary! So, let’s break it down. What is it and how can it be of service to our skin care routines?

According to an article written by Style Craze (siting info from Dermato Endocrinol),   “Hyaluronic acid is a substance that your body produces naturally. It is also known as hyaluronan and is mostly found in your joints and the fluids in your eyes. It acts as a lubricating agent in your body. Moreover, this acid can retain water in the skin (1). This acid is now a key part of many anti-aging and skin care products. It is used for moisturizing the skin, and you will find hyaluronic acid in serums, creams, and lotions.”

Yes, HA is hydrophylic – meaning it retains water. In fact, the HA acid found in some products can retain up to 1000x  its weight in water! This is the only naturally occurring substance in our bodies that can retain this amount of H2O. This product is meant to intensely hydrate our skin at a deep cellular level. Think of if as a buffer that fills in the space around cells.

More FACTS about Hyaluronic Acid according to Dr. Axe:

1. Hydrates Dry, Aged Skin

2. Helps Reduce Wrinkles

3. Sores, Sunburn and Wound Repair

4. Lubricates Achy Joints

5. Helps Reduce Dry Eyes and Eye Discomfort

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