I’ve talked about hyaluronic acid before, but let’s really dive into what it does for your skin and why it’s so helpful.

Why you need hyaluroic acid in your skin care routine

Far from being an acid that strips your skin, hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the spaces between the cells in the skin, as well as the joints and the eyes, where it provides lubrication, moisture, plumpness, and suppleness.

You’re born with tons and tons of it (that’s what makes baby skin so ridiculously soft and plump), but as you age, you just don’t make as much, especially after that ripe old age of 40.

Where hyaluronic acid really shines is in injectible fillers, but you don’t need a dermatologist to get excellent benefits for your skin. It’s superpower isn’t that it really absorbs into your skin (unless you inject it) but that it sits on your skin for long periods of time and draws water in, keeping your skin looking plump.

A few secrets: A good creamy long-lasting moisturizer on top of the hyaluronic acid will pull in deeply into the skin. Don’t apply your moisturizer immediately after applying the hyaluronic acid; instead, let the serum dry completely for better results. You can use it twice a day, and it will not clog pores. You very well might see results of the hyaluronic acid on the very first day, but don’t be surprised if it takes a few days. You must use the product every day – the benefits don’t continue past a day.

There is also a bit of evidence that suggests hyaluronic acid an anti-inflammatory, which can help acne sufferers.

The hyaluronic acid serum that I’ve been using and loving lately is OZ Natural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This is a vegan serum that has no alcohol, parabens or sulfates, and it doesn’t irritate my skin in any way. And you don’t have to pay fancy skin care prices. ThisĀ hyaluronic acid serum costs only $16.45.

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