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Your skin needs hyaluronic acid

This ingredient is key for more moisture and less wrinkles.

Touted by experts as one of the best hydrating and wrinkle-plumping ingredients on the market today, hyaluronic acid is getting a lot of attention. You can find it in skin care products and injectable fillers, and although it occurs naturally in your skin, levels of this vital skin component decline with age. Capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, supplementing your skin with hyaluronic acid can boost moisture levels and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid plays a key role in the skin’s extracellular matrix and has been shown to maintain hydration, improve elasticity and protect against free radical damage. In the skin, hyaluronic acid is responsible for capturing water, in turn maintaining the smoothness and plumpness of the skin. When hyaluronic acid is depleted, skin can become dehydrated and lose elasticity, which accentuates lines and furrows.

When you use skin care products containing hyaluronic acid, it works by absorbing available moisture from the environment and water already present in the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain this moisture, and has a temporary plumping effect on fine lines and wrinkles as the molecules swell. But hyaluronic acid is a costly ingredient, which is why it’s important to choose a product with an effective concentration. As a general rule of thumb, the higher up on the ingredient list the hyaluronic acid (or sodium hyaluronate) is, the more potent the product, which means better results for your skin.

Injectable hyaluronic acid has effects similar to topical hyaluronic acid, but injectables are longer lasting and more dramatic since a much greater amount of hyaluronic acid is placed deeper in the skin. For optimal results, hyaluronic acid can be used both topically and injected. Those concerned about preventing dehydration and visible signs of aging can reap the benefits of a less aggressive approach that involves topical hyaluronic acid alone, but filling existing crevices is best achieved with the injectable form.

If you are in the market for a potent topical treatment that contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, try SkinMedica’s Hydrating Complex. With a blend of two hyaluronic acid molecular weights, it replenishes the skin’s moisture reservoir, stimulates the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, protects against elastin degradation and helps maintain the skin’s firmness and elasticity. In clinical studies, SkinMedica Hydrating Complex was found to reduce the appearance of skin dryness and roughness while improving skin softness—and provide significant skin improvement beyond using a moisturizer alone.