Though the name is a little intimidating, hyaluronic acid is a fantastic, effective skincare ingredient with many benefits. If you suffer from dry skin (hello, winter), products containing hyaluronic acid are great to incorporate into your skincare regimen: this ingredient has the greatest ability to hold moisture of any natural or human made polymer. Impressive!
Hyaluronic acid is also a good component to look for in anti-aging products, as it boosts the skin’s moisture content, which diminishes as we age. Hyaluronic acid strengthens the skin’s outer layers, helping achieve smoother, plumper skin with fewer fine lines. These factors, and it’s lightweight texture, makes hyaluronic ideal for all skin types, even oily skin: it helps repair the skin’s barrier, which becomes damaged by the sun, pollution and other factors over time. Hyaluronic acid also helps reduce inflammation and provides protection against free radicals.
You can find hyaluronic acid in many moisturizers and serums. As with any skincare ingredient, it should appear within a few ingredients of the top of the ingredient list to ensure potency.