Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally produced by the body. Found in high concentrations within the skin, hyaluronic acid is essential for maintaining your skin's moisture balance and is responsible for your skin’s plumpness and volume—and helps give your skin a smooth texture. Also found in the fluid that surrounds the eyes and joints, hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge that can attract and retain water, making it an excellent non-comedogenic hydrating ingredient. The skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid declines with age, which is why it’s important to supplement the skin with skincare products that contain this ingredient.

Important Things to Know about Hyaluronic Acid

  • Skin naturally contains hyaluronic acid. The younger the skin, the more hyaluronic acid exists to keep skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid levels reduce over time which, in turn, lowers the skin’s ability to replenish moisture.

  • Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain your skin’s moisture levels. When applied, hyaluronic acid forms a layer of hydration on top of the skin, providing softness and smoothness. In addition to hydrating your skin’s surface, hyaluronic acid also helps firm, soothe and plump the skin.

  • Hyaluronic acid has the ability to draw moisture from the environment to the skin—delivering long-lasting moisture without clogging pores. By increasing your skin's surface hydration, hyaluronic acid helps soften and smooth skin texture while also to improving the appearance of your skin's plumpness and firmness.

  • Hyaluronic acid is an ideal ingredient for all skin types because it helps provides non-comedogenic hydration without contributing to a heavy or greasy feel. Hyaluronic acid levels naturally decline with age, which is why it’s important to choose skincare products that can supplement your skin with this ingredient.

  • Hyaluronic acid can be found in cleansers, micellar water, lotions, creams and serums. To take advantage of their moisturizing and soothing benefits, use these products as directed. The gentle nature of hyaluronic acid makes it an appropriate ingredient to include in formulas that are suitable for sensitive skin or delicate areas such as around the eyes.

  • Hyaluronic acid is a highly effective moisturizing ingredient for all skin from head to toe, and it can help restore long-lasting hydration to dry skin, including the hands and feet.

  • Hyaluronic acid is used as a moisturizing ingredient in a wide array of products, and it's often found in products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid and retinol to help attract and retain moisture to the skin.

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