Somewhat suddenly, that almost every moisturizing product on the shelf lists hyaluronic acid as a star ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is polysaccharide (essentially a very large sugar!). It is naturally occurring in connective tissue throughout our bodies, with 50 percent of it being found in our skin.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA), also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is a carbohydrate, more specifically a mucopolysaccharide occurring naturally throughout the human body. It can be several thousands of sugars (carbohydrates) long. When not bound to other molecules, it binds to water giving it a stiff viscous quality similar to “Jello”. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin.
Hydrated skin is plumper, firmer and has a luminous glow, while dehydrated skin can look dull, lacklustre and more slack. The unique ability to hold so much water makes hyaluronic acid invaluable to your skin. "In a sense, hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge holding vast amounts of water in the skin, effectively plumping out the skin and by doing so it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving the skin's hydration and texture of the skin.
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