By: Emily M. Harwood
How often have you read about some new beauty product containing this or that “acid” and think “why would anyone want to put acid on their face?” Well, hyaluronic acid is not an acid in the way you may think. Unlike salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids, hyaluronic acid does not remove dead cells from the skin. On the contrary, it actually adds something fundamental to skin health: water. In fact, hyaluronic acid is famous for being able to absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present within the body and is an incomparable humectant, not only drawing vital water into skin but holding on to it and preventing moisture loss. Unfortunately, the body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid declines with age, which can result in increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Thankfully, you can help to replenish that goodness with hyaluronic acid serums, which can protect the moisture barrier on the skin, making it more difficult for environmental toxins and everyday dirt and grime to do harm.
The good news is that hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient in many moisturizers and serums and is suitable for either day or night use. You can also find lots of skin brightening vitamin C serums and hardworking retinol creams that contain hyaluronic acid, meaning you can combine ingredients to find the perfect solution for your particular skin issues. You may want to experiment with some of the following products to see if one is right for you.
Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator by Clinique is an advanced hydrator that helps skin create its own internal water source. This serum-in-a-jar actually has two types of hyaluronic acid—one that works on the uppermost layers of skin and another variant that penetrates deeper within.
Refresh and rehydrate with Neutrogena® Hydro Boost cleansers, moisturizers, sun protection and makeup. Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated with everyday use. The gel is oil-free, so you can wear it alone or under makeup as a primer.
StriVectin Advanced Acid Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum is a lightweight serum that delivers intense hydration and lasting moisture in a dual-chamber formula. It intensely hydrates while strengthening skin for deep, lasting moisture.
TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum promotes brighter, fresher looking skin; improved tone and clarity; smaller pores; and less breakouts, fine lines and dark spots. TruSkin combines vitamin C with botanical hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to target the most common signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid increases hydration, improves elasticity and reverses free radical damage. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin. You can even mix hyaluronic serum with your favorite foundation for a flawless, dewy look. These serums are so gentle, you can dare to use them on the tender area under the eye, where they do an amazing job of minimizing puffiness while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.