Understanding Skin Care Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid in Moisturizing Creams

BeautyEver wonder what that long list of ingredients on the back of your favorite skin care products really do? Well, we’re going to break it down for you, starting with one of the most popular active ingredients — hyaluronic acid.

For most of us, acid makes us think of burning and exfoliation, but unlike its name hyaluronic acid is actually a lubricant. Found naturally in the body,   hyaluronic acid (also called hyaluronan or hyaluronate) acts as a cushion and lubricant to the body’s joints, eyes, valves and skin.

So, if it’s found naturally in the skin, why do we need more of it? Blame the sun. Studies show UVB rays halt the production of hyaluronic acid, resulting in wrinkled, sagging skin.

New prescription products, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are FDA-approved hyaluronic acid injections, which temporarily fill in wrinkles and plump lips by adding volume under the skin.

Many  anti aging creams contain topical hyaluronic acid (glycosaminoglycan), which binds moisture to the skin, adding fullness and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s usually paired with antioxidants to prevent the loss of the body’s own hyaluronic acid.

Excited to see what hyaluronic acid can do for you? Check out some of our favorite anti-aging moisturizers:  Skin Medica Dermal Repair, Cellex-C Skin Firming Cream Plus and  Complex (formerly Physicians Complex) Derma Moist.

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