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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a powerful ingredient that can affect terrific changes in skin when included in your daily regimen. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, researchers found that hyaluronic acid decreases the appearance of wrinkles, enhances skin hydration and improves firmness & elasticity. Because it is a naturally occurring molecule, it doesn’t strip the skin of any necessary nutrients. And it works for all skin conditions. 

This naturally occurring sugar is found in our eyes, gums, lips, scalp, hair and joints, and our skin contains 50% of our body’s total hyaluronic acid level.  

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and doesn’t retain moisture the same way it did when we were babies. Hyaluronic acid levels begin to decrease around our 30s + 40s. Fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent as our skin begins to sag. When applied topically, HA can help to replenish that hydration and bring back the bounce in your skin. 

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant (an ingredient that binds moisture) that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, which makes it an extremely popular ingredient in serums and moisturizers.  It is composed of short-chain and long-chain molecules which have different effects on the skin.  Long-chain molecules provide immediate intensive hydration on the surface layers of the skin, while short-chain molecules penetrate deeper, replenishing moisture for the long term, helping to plump and hydrate over time. 

Below are our picks for Hyaluronic Acid products: 

Environ HA Intensive Hydrating Serum

111SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Ubuna Drench Intensive Hydration Serum

Oio Aquasphere Multi-Dimensional Hydrating Serum

Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix

111SKIN Meso Infusion Overnight Micro Sheet Mask

Nécessaire The Body Serum