You know that dewy, angelic glow some people have? Chances are their skin-care routine includes some form of hyaluronic acid, an extremely versatile and hydrating ingredient loved by experts and skin care enthusiasts alike.
Hyaluronic acid acts as a powerful humectant, attracting and sealing moisture into your skin. It's actually naturally present in our bodies, with the largest concentration of HA housed in—you guessed it—our skin. While there's not a lot to go on when it comes to research on how hyaluronic acid works as a topical cosmetic, dermatologists often recommend it to patients since it can hydrate and plump skin while also softening the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging—all without added oiliness. “When it's applied topically and gets absorbed into the skin, [hyaluronic acid] allows additional hydration by attracting water,” Jenny Hu, M.D., associate professor of dermatology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, tells SELF. According to one estimate, a gram of HA can hold up to six liters of water. Plus, since the ingredient occurs naturally in our bodies, it’s often well tolerated by people of all skin types.
With its super hydrating benefits, it's no surprise that this wonder ingredient has become such a staple in skin care. In fact, you probably are already using a moisturizer that contains some concentration of hyaluronic acid. But if you’re looking for a dedicated HA product for dry skin or other reasons, we asked experts for their short list of products they always recommend to patients, or love to use themselves. Here, nine hyaluronic acid products dermatologists highly recommend for anyone needing a moisture boost.
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