About the iconic Hyaluronic Acid

When you got to the store and ask for something that's deeply hydrating, you will most likely be recommended a product containing Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Here are a few things to know:

  • HA is once of the main components of the extracellular matrix (this is what provides structural support to surrounding cells..bare with me!) along with his friends collagen & enzymes!

  • The average human of 154 lbs has ~15g of HA in the body. In other words, the skin HA counts for most of 50% of total body HA (whaaaaat?)

Just to stay away from false information, let's stick with scientific facts rather than numbers.

  • Hyaluronic Acid has this amazing ability to bind to water molecules, which in turn helps to preserve the collagen in the skin

  • Our skin hydration actually critically depends on HA-bound water.

  • It is known also as a free-radical scavanger!

  • HA plays a key role in tissue regeneration & promotes wound healing

  • When combined with water, it swells making it great for treating wrinkles

So now, who can use this? Due to it's hydrating properties, it's a great addition to anyone with dry skin and anyone wanting to target fine lines and wrinkles.

Our body does produce this naturally, so in general, skin reactions such as breakouts or irritations don't tend to happen, but it's not impossible.

Although the name has "Acid" in it, it's usually safe for even sensitive skin. (When in doubt, consult your doctor!)

I personally like adding it to my PM routine like in a sleeping mask, or if I notice my skin needs a hydrating boost during the day (during cold seasons or when the air is dry)

Two of my favorite products featuring HA as key ingredients are Glow Recipes Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer and Glow Sleeping Mask.

What are your favourite HA products?

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