There’s one ingredient that is considered by both skin care fanatics and dermatologists alike that is simply, honestly, truly amazingfor skin – hyaluronic acid. Yep – the very same molecule that’s used in some cosmetic injectable fillers works incredibly well in serums, moisturizers, and masks to hydrate and nourish skin, thanks to its incredible humectant abilities!

So, what is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is actually a completely naturally occurringmolecule in our own bodies – that’s right, we literally have hyaluronic acid inside us right now! It’s responsible for keeping our skin healthy and moisturized from within, much like collagen. However, also much like collagen, our levels naturally deplete as we age – making it an obvious, and effective choice as a skincare ingredient to revitalize and rejuvenate skin.

What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?

1) Hydrates skin by holding 1000x it’s weight in water

Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant ingredient in skin care – this means that it draws moisture into the skin with it when it’s applied and absorbed to skin. It’s ability to deeply moisturize skin helps boost the natural moisture content of skin, preventing dryness and keeping skin healthy and glowing.

2) Supports the skin’s natural healing processes

Hyaluronic acid is vital for happy, radiant skin – it naturally speeds up the healing process of skin, smoothing over breakouts and keeping skin healthy and blemish free. Above all, skin needs ideal moisture levels to function properly – it cannot heal or protect itself if it’s too dry, or even worse, if your moisture barrier has been compromised. Hyaluronic acid can heal compromised, dry skin – and bring it back to a natural, healthy glow.

3) Plumps and firms skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Hyaluronic acid’s most impressive feat it’s its ability to draw moisture deeply into skin – as we age, we lose a lot of the natural moisture and fullness in our skin. Hyaluronic acid allows us to delay this process as long as possible by imparting as much moisture and hydration as possible to the skin, naturally plumping it and smoothing over any signs of aging.

4) Provides a natural, protective antioxidant effect

Not only is this super-ingredienteffective for hydrating and nourishing skin, but hyaluronic acid also helps to protect skin from environmental damage caused by pollution and ultraviolet light exposure. When skin is exposed to either of these, skin-damaging free radicals can wreak havoc – but only if not prevented from doing so by a potent antioxidant.

5) Soothes and calms hypersensitive skin

In addition to smoothing and moisturizing skin, hyaluronic acid is incredibly soothing to irritated skin that’s prone to redness or dryness. When hyaluronic acid is applied on the skin, it brings much-needed hydration, and it is protecting the skin from any further irritation and healing it from deep within.

6) Supports radiance from within

Hyaluronic acid’s incredible skin-replenishing ability to hydrate at the deepest level of the dermis is keyfor helping to achieve that natural, youthful glow that comes with healthy skin. No, I don’t mean the sheen that a rich moisturizer leaves behind – I mean that really subtle, lit-from-within radiance that only ultra-hydrated, happy skin can achieve.

7) Reduces the appearance of large pores and smooths uneven skin texture

The number one culprit for rough skin texture and large, visible pores is lack of hydration. When skin is healthy and fully hydrated, it’s plump and absolutely jam-packed with moisture, smoothing rough skin and blurring pores literally from the inside out! That’s why when skin is even just a little bit dehydrated, it’s less full, making textured imperfections even more visible.

One of the most common products that you’ll find hyaluronic acid is HA-COMPLEX intense hydration for all ages.The low molecular weight (<100 kDa), facilitates skin penetration of the product, the restoration of the tone and degree of hydration of the skin. Highly recommended for sessions to revitalize mature skin, combination or oily, damaged and dehydrated skin. The HA binds to collagen molecules to help preserve the integrity of the extracellular matrix.