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Anti Aging Treatments & Products

Hyaluronic Acid Benefits for Skin

And How to Use It

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Hyaluronic acid is one of the keys to hydrated, good-looking skin.

Hyaluronic Acid for Skin: the humectant

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws in moisture from the outside. This little molecule is able to hold 1000x its own body weight in water.

Ever woken up after a night of alcoholic drinks and gazed in wonder at how you aged a decade overnight (we have!)? This is an example of the aging effect of dehydration. Hyaluronic acid helps.

Using it regularly in your skin care helps prevent aging concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, dull and patchy skin.

How Does It Work?

Hyaluronic acid helps replenish moisture to revitalize the outer layer of skin. When this layer is properly hydrated the appearance of fine lines improves.

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How to Use:

A hyaluronic acid serum can deliver the most bang for your buck, and are often combined with other potent goodies like vitamin C.

The easiest way to use hyaluronic acid for skin is a serum:

  • Water-based hyaluronic acid serums are best for oily/combination skin. Oil based serums are best for normal/dry skin.
  • Use a hyaluronic acid moisturizer. Look for a concentration of at least 0.1%
  • Or add pure hyaluronic acid to a moisturizing cream you already use!
  • *Note: while HA helps with moisture, it usually isn’t enough by itself. Dry and aging skins need some sort of oil and/or emollient—so if you use pure hyaluronic acid, use it with a moisturizer or cream

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Hyaluronic Acid FAQs:

Isn’t Hyaluronic Acid an Injectable?

It is. Commonly called a “filler”, hyaluronic acid is used by plastic surgeons to add volume to face and lips. Its ability to hold moisture makes it good for plumping and adding volume.

Does Hyaluronic Acid Remove Dark Spots?

By itself no. Its main purpose is hydration, which can help prevent dark spots that come from patches of dry skin.

However, to remove dark spots you will need an active chemical exfoliation like glycolic acid or vitamin A.

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