Hyaluronic Acid as a Skincare Ingredient

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is a chemical with a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules. It is a carbohydrate polymer that is a “lubricant” for cells. It moves nutrients and molecules in between cells and plays an important role in the regeneration of cells and healing of wounds. In addition to its use in cosmetics, Hyaluronic acid is also a prime research subject in the field of joint pain and lubrication. 

Why is Hyaluronic Acid used in Skincare?

50% of the hyaluronic acid in the human body is found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is concentrated in the second deepest layer of your skin (the dermis), and this layer acts as a source of moisture for the outermost layer of your skin (the epidermis). That is why when hyaluronic acid is used in skincare products, especially with masks and serums, it can increase the skin’s natural ability to moisturize itself.