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What Is Hyaluronic Acid? And Why You Need It In Your Daily Skincare Routine

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As much as we may try to fight it, aging is inevitable. And while we most certainly get wiser as we get older (duh), our bodies start to decrease the production of certain “age-defying” compounds and vitamins that keep our skin looking totally youthful (i.e. hyaluronic acid).

But what exactly is hyaluronic acid and how does it give our complexions that goddess glow? Read on to find out.

What is hyaluronic acid?

According to the National Institute of Health, hyaluronic acid is a key molecule of skin aging. It has a unique capacity in retaining water, which keeps skin looking hydrated and plump. According to Dr. Lily Talakoub, a dermatologist at the McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center, “the molecule holds a thousand times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin, but also prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air.”

Did you know that our bodies naturally make hyaluronic acid?

It’s actually a clear, somewhat gooey substance that our bodies actually naturally produce themselves. Its main function is to help your body maintain moisture levels.

Why should we use it?

Blame that ticking time clock, but (much like elastin and collagen) our bodies begin to decrease the amount of production of hyaluronic acid as we get older. But fret not, there are plenty of products available today that can bring the mighty molecule back to your face. It makes your skin super-soft and radiant, diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and can even act as a shield against pollution and other free radicals. It’s pretty much a miracle worker when it comes to getting you back to complexion perfection status.

If your skin is feeling dehydrated or dull, or those pesky lines are starting to stop by to say hello, it could mean that it’s time for you get add hyaluronic acid into your daily skincare routine ASAP. It delivers gentle hydration to wherever your skin needs it most, and let’s just say it, it’s pretty much the holy grail when it comes to combating the signs of time on one of the most precious parts of your body (hello, your face).

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