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It’s True, Hyaluronic Acid Really is THAT Good for Your Skin

Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that appears in countless skincare ads and gets thrown about with abandon in the skincare industry, and for good reason. When someone wants to hype a skincare product, the term hyaluronic acid is sure to get people’s attention. But is it really that important, and if it is, how does it work? Well, the answer is yes, yes, and yes, so read on to find out exactly what it is, what it does, and why it’s a must-have in your skincare routine.

What it is: Hyaluronic acid is one of the major components of our natural extracellular matrix, which is the framework our skin sits on. It has the ability to attract and retain more than 1,000 times its own weight in water and can draw moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and also draw it from the lower skin layers to the epidermis. This is what gives the skin a supple and plumping effect.

As you might expect, the levels of hyaluronic acid decrease as we age, making it more difficult for the skin to retain water. This causes skin dehydration and contributes to fine lines and wrinkles. Enter hyaluronic skincare products to the rescue! When applied topically to the skin, hyaluronic acid helps reduce trans epidermal moisture loss (evaporation of water through the epidermis, or outer layer, of your skin. Also known as TEWL - pronounced “TOOL”. When TEWL is high, your skin becomes dry, itchy, and often irritated.) and fortify the epidermal barrier function, leaving your skin hydrated and protected throughout the day.

How to use: The hero ingredient of any skincare routine, hyaluronic acid, is safe to use every day. In fact, we recommend using it twice a day, morning, and evening. Apply immediately after cleansing the skin and before applying any serums and/or moisturizers.

Use a high concentration of hyaluronic acid in smaller doses. (1-2% approximately for OTC products). Hyaluronic acid in its raw material state is very thick. The skin can absorb and use this ingredient more effectively when delivered as a smaller molecule. The ideal formulation should be able to penetrate the skin barrier to reach the dermis. Read the product labels carefully to make sure you’re getting the best concentration possible.

Combining with other skincare products: The coolest thing about hyaluronic acid is that it has the power to enhance the efficacy of other products you layer with it. So, it’s safe to use with other skincare products like moisturizers, serums, or Vitamin C products. It will improve your skincare results in every case - making it a must-have in your skincare routine.

Contact the Spa Desk to purchase our Euro Botanicals Hyaluronic Acid (1 oz. $15), a super concentrated, lower molecular weight serum for daily use.


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