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You know that feeling you get when your skin is taut, rough and thirsty?
Dryness makes skin look older and dull or drab. This can be caused by getting too much sun, climbing high altitudes, swimming in a chlorinated pool, or overdoing it with aggressive or acid-based skin care or peels. The answer, according to many dermatologists and skincare experts, is hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a polysaccharide (like an oversized sugar).
According to New York City facial plastic surgeon Sam Rizk, “HA is naturally occurring in connective tissue throughout the body and is found in the highest concentrations in the fluids of the eyes and joints. It is also found in skin. As we age, our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down. Skin that is hydrated will appear plumper, firmer and more radiant, whereas dehydrated skin can look dull, sallow, and slack which translates to older.”
It’s no wonder that HAs are popping up in everything from serums to creams, hair care, eye drops and gel masks. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to draw water into the skin to keep it soft and supple and it functions effectively as a barrier protector. But not all HAs used in skincare are the same.
“While the HA molecule is too big to penetrate the skin, micronized HA products have been shown to draw water into the skin and prevent moisture loss. These products form a skin barrier and provide a soft, moisturizing effect that makes skin feel smoother and appear more even-toned,” says Washington DC dermatologist and Founder of Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery Tina Alster.
Check out our list of 6 HA superstars.
This cool blue mask gets mixed by combining the Hyaluronic Cushion Gel with Activating Powder in a little bowl. Spread a thick even layer all over your face, neck or decollete with the spatula that comes with the kit – the thicker the better. Leave on for 5 to 15 minutes for maximum hydration and just peel off all your flakes. Basically do this when your hubs is not home and your kids are asleep because you will look like a Smurf while the bright blue mask in gelling.
This new high potency hyaluronic acid serum is combined with proxylane and purple rice extract to support the skin’s natural moisture levels. If you’re skin is feeling super dry, try adding a few drops right into your foundation too.
Formulated with super sized hyaluronic acid particles and patented InterFuse™ technology, this medical grade treatment claims to deliver the hyaluronic acid deep enough to smooth lines and wrinkles, like an injectable filler does.
This unique cream has a squalene-ceramide base and provides moisture retention through a patented breakthrough nanotechnology that delivers hyaluronic acid’s moisturizing effects deep beneath the epidermal barrier. Dr. Alster swears by this range!
This two-step lip boosting system can be used as a topical solution for everyday lip enhancement and/or as a companion to dermal filler injections for a double dose of HA. It also contains Benzyl Nicotinate to increase microcirculation for a subtle plumping effect.
A Hyaluronic Acid serum in a pump that works on three levels: on the surface, deeper in the skin and by increasing the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production. Also contains PCA SKIN’s proprietary blend that works to stimulate the production of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid, plus ceramides and niacinamide (Vitamin B3).
NOTE: Skinmedica and Skinceuticals products were provided for review, PCA Skin, Hyalogy and Skin Better were sampled at medical conferences, Dr. Denis Gross was evaluated in store. Opinions are my own.