When it comes to anti aging, hyaluronic acid has got the chops. This superstar ingredient has many skin supporting benefits when applied topically. It provides antioxidant protection, anti-inflammatory properties, and can plump up your skin like no other. Since the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases as you age — losing around 50% of what you had in your 20s by the time you’ve hit 50 — it’s important to replenish what you’ve lost. Besides giving your skin’s moisture content the mega-boost it needs, it also strengthens the skin’s outer layers so it looks and feel softer, smoother and plumper. And we all know that soft, smooth, plumped up skin is younger looking skin!
Jump on the HA bandwagon by looking for hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate high on the list of ingredients. You’ll find it in everything from moisturizers to serums to makeup and more.
NudeStix Blur Pencil ($24) harnesses dehydrated hyaluronic acid spheres to instantly plump up crows’ feet, enlarged pores, lines and wrinkles. Simply swipe where you want and swells up with long-lasting moisture while Vitamin C & E soothe skin. Toss in your bag to keep skin smooth 24/7.
SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($178) immediately smoothes out the look of fine lines and wrinkles and supports the skin’s ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid. It contains a blend of five different forms of this superstar ingredient to hydrate, smooth and diminish the look lines. Making up this proprietary blend is sodium hyaluronate for immediate hydration, cross-linked hyaluronic acid for up to 8 hours of hydration, time-released hyaluronic acid for sustained release, nano hyaluronic acid to soothe, and uncross-linked hyaluronic acid to smooth and hydrate. It also utilizes cutting edge technology to promote the benefits of the potent antioxidants found in Vitis Flower Stem Cells and algae extracts enabling it to support the skin’s ability to provide its own HA.
Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 75 percent Hyaluronic Acid Complex ($65) is formulated with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and other powerful ingredients to moisturize, soften and soothe. Use it to replenish the moisture content of aging and environmentally damaged skin, restore a youthful radiance to your complexion and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
DermaDoctor Wrinkle Revenge Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($68) contains two kinds of hyaluronic acid: Micronized Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid utilizes advanced micronization for more efficient and deep absorption and it holds five-times more hydration than traditional hyaluronic acid molecules, while encapsulated HA provides full-strength benefits. It also contains Calcium Ketogluconate to jumpstart the body’s own natural production of hyaluronic acid and elastin fiber synthesis. Rounding out this serum are powerful antioxidants like White and Green Teas, Vitamin C and Pomegranate Extract.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skintint ($55) is a hydrating, firming, illuminating foundation that perfects the look of your complexion. Clinical levels of hyaluronic filling spheres expand to plump up fine lines and wrinkles while other active ingredients help to tighten and lift sagging skin. Available in 12 shades.
Nudestix and SkinMedica products were provided for review to author. Other products were tested in-store. Opinions are my own.