Hyaluronic acid is one of those beauty stalwarts that has received a lot of press in the last decade as the key ingredient in many injectable fillers. Think Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, and Belotero®. But that’s not the only claim to fame for HA (as it’s familiarly called). Naturally occurring in humans and other living creatures, HA is a viscous, gooey substance that cushions joints, plays a key role in connective tissue and even sustains the shape of our eyeballs. Its biological properties and natural affinity with our bodies is what makes HA such a great filler. It’s also a readily used ingredient in topical beauty products including moisturizers and makeup. HA has the ability to pull moisture from the air and is said to hold up to 1,000 times in weight in water, which makes it a fabulous barrier for your skin, preventing moisture from escaping and helping your skin to retain its natural plumpness and tone.
Personally, I find a daily dose of HA, keeps my skin looking fresher and youthful. So, if you are not yet familiar with this miraculous ingredient, here are a few of our favorite products that feature hyaluronic acid.
Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiaging Antiwrinkle & Firming Face Serum ($62) – Following a 56 day clinical trial, 100% of users reported that this face serum firmed and smoothed their skin, created a radiant glow, and decreased visible signs of wrinkles. This concentrated serum is said to also improve elasticity and firmness while rejuvenating dull, aging skin using quercetin and oak as a natural alternative to retinol. Derived from the oak tree, antioxidant quercetin quickly works with the skin to minimize the signs of aging. Other ingredients include mourera fluviatilis extract, which has moisture-binding properties to help skin maintain its water level, hyaluronic acid to form a protective barrier and therefore help the skin retain moisture, and hexapeptide, which helps to improve firmness.
Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000™ 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex ($65) – This super-concentrated hydrating serum works to keep skin moisturized all day and night. Its key ingredient—hyaluronic acid—helps skin achieve maximum hydration by attracting moisture from the air thereby restoring natural smoothness. Fragrance-free, the serum is suitable for all skin types and is infused with honey, silk proteins, sea algae, and a moisture-boosting mineral complex.
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream ($55) – This rich anti-aging cream targets the wrinkles of the eye area, visibly improving crow’s feet, lid creases, inner corner creases, and under eye vertical lines and wrinkles. While targeting existing lines, WrinkleResist24 also works to prevent the formation of new ones. The cream includes burnet extract to revitalize skin cells and counteract loss of firmness, in addition to hyaluronic acid and hydroxyproline, which moisturizes and promotes collagen production.
ZO Skin Health Ommerse® Daily Renewal Crème ($95) – This anti-ager combines hyaluronic acid with retinol to do a lot more than just hydrate, it repairs the skin as well. Hyaluronic acid creates a barrier to lock in moisture while retinol works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and increase epidermal thickness. Formulated for daily use in the morning, this cream also contains photosomes to reduce the appearance of discoloration and soothe inflammation.
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 ($70) – Available in four shades, this tinted moisturizer offers sheer coverage, SPF protection, and treatment benefits. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals while other ingredients stimulate hyaluronic acid production to prevent dehydration and moisture loss. Formulated without oils or parabens, this moisturizer is appropriate for all skin types.
Phyto Phytokératine Shampoo ($24) – Lightly scented, this sulfate-free shampoo helps repair weakened and damaged hair while gently cleansing. Botanical keratin works to reconstruct and consolidate hair fiber structure while rice bran ceramides promote intercellular repair and seal in moisture. In addition, hyaluronic acid helps restore the hair fibers’ optimal hydration levels, leaving hair stronger, shinier, silkier, and more manageable. In a consumer study, 75% of users reported reparative results.
Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Mask ($45) – Achieve instant hydration on sunburned, irritated, or reddened skin with this soothing mask. Skin will feel soft and smooth thanks to an “advanced moisture complex,” which uses hyaluronic acid to pull moisture deep into skin cells. Allantoin and panthenol help retain moisture, while cucumber and willowherb extracts reduce redness and sensitivity and restore skin tone.