You've probably heard of hyaluronic acid---it seems to be in all the hot skin care. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid? Well, hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a carbohydrate that helps to maintain and support collagen and elastin. It is a key ingredient in both fighting the signs of aging and preventing them in the first place. What is so remarkable about this little molecule is that one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water! It's a powerful hydrator, and hydration is the key to proper skin health. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that is already present in your body, and applying it topically has been proven to reduce wrinkles and hydrate skin.
But hyaluronic acid isn't just good for anti-aging, it is also good for acne sufferers. When the skin is dehydrated and its barrier is stripped, the p. acne bacteria that usually live on the skin's surface move into the pores looking for the oil that they use as food. That is when we get inflamed acne, so keeping the skin properly hydrated will reduce the breakouts.
In addition to the hydrating properties, new research suggests that high levels of hyaluronic acid are also linked to a higher level of protection from free radical damage, another cause of aging.
You may also see it as "sodium hyaluronate" on an ingredients label. This is a salt derived from hyaluronic acid which has the added advantage of absorbing into the skin easier.
So where can you find hyaluronic acid? It is featured in both the Cucumber Toner and the Ageless Hydrating Serum. Everyone can benefit from having both of these amazing products in their skin care routine.