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Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a common skin care ingredient. It’s in cosmetic products you might find over the counter — and hyaluronic acid is the primary ingredient in some facial injectable fillers, like Restylane.1 So why all the hype?

While scientists are still learning all the reasons hyaluronic acid is so essential for healthy-looking skin, they know it seems to help fight signs of aging.2 Some things to know:

1. You Already Have Hyaluronic Acid in Your Skin
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that’s made up of sugars. It already exists in your skin, as well as connective tissues throughout your body. It’s a slippery substance that helps keeps skin plump and moisturized and joints moving smoothly.3,4

2. Hyaluronic Acid = Mega Moisture
One reason why hyaluronic acid is such an amazing ally for your skin: It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.5 That means when it sits on top of your skin, it fills up with moisture and keeps skin feeling hydrated. But there’s a downside: Hyaluronic acid molecules are large and, therefore, can’t penetrate deeply into the skin.6 The benefits are superficial and temporary — but you can prolong them.

3. Hyaluronic Acid Can Restore & Enhance Your Facial Features
One bummer about hyaluronic acid? With age, our natural stores of this face-plumping substance begin to diminish.4 Fortunately, a qualified doctor can inject fillers like Restylane, which is a gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, 1 to help improve the appearance of the face in numerous ways. Restylane can be used to help fill in the folds around your mouth (known as laugh lines, or more officially as nasolabial folds) or can be injected in the forehead to soften horizontal lines.1,7,8 But hyaluronic acid injections don’t just smooth wrinkles. Restylane can also be injected to create the appearance of more defined cheeks, a contoured jawline or fuller lips.1,9-11

4. Hyaluronic Acid Injections Can Be Tailored to You
Unlike using creams or lotions, injecting hyaluronic acid allows a doctor to tailor treatment to each person’s unique needs. For instance, if you have lines on your forehead and around your eyes, the right HA filler, like Restylane, can be used in just these areas to help add volume and smooth wrinkles.8

5. Hyaluronic Acid Supplements
Looking for another way to reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid? It’s available as a dietary supplement in capsule form, which some patients use for joint pain.12 While there’s evidence to suggest that taking hyaluronic acid supplements promote collagen production,12 it’s hard to say how much of the hyaluronic acid is broken down in your digestive tract before it delivers on these claims. As with all supplements, proceed with caution.

The right type of face moisturizer

Skin types vary, and so must your moisturizer. Despite our differences, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of face moisturizer.

Dry skin types can certainly attest to this. Without a daily dose of hydration your skin would be flaky, itchy and tight. Luckily, this list of the best moisturizers includes products that deliver intense hydration that lasts all day without causing breakouts or greasiness.

Oily skin types might use moisturizer less often, but you actually need it just as much. Because people with oily or acne-prone skin often apply drying products, your skin may start to produce more oil to balance it out (yikes). But using a light moisturizer (especially one with oil-control properties) can help keep skin in balance and cause it to produce less oil over time. Thankfully, this list also includes light moisturizers that are perfect for oily skin — ones that don’t cause breakouts or extra shine, but do offer some hydration.

If you have sensitive skin, you know that a good moisturizer can calm redness or flare-ups from skin issues like eczema. Most sensitive skin will benefit from a basic moisturizer without a lot of added chemicals or preservatives, and there are plenty of products on this list that fit the bill.
Why it’s great: “Department store moisturizer; drugstore price” is how one reader describes this hydrating, budget-friendly night cream. Other highlights include the “non-sticky” texture and the ingredients list, which includes hyaluronic acid for extra moisture. “If you have normal, oily, combo, sensitive or irritated skin, it truly works fabulously,” one user writes.

The complexion you’ve always coveted will be well within reach

Everyone wants it, but not many people are lucky enough to have — or know how to get — clear skin. We’re talking the type of next-level, no makeup or filter required, flawless complexion that dreams are made of. And while it may seem unattainable, especially if you’re dealing with breakouts and blemishes, clear skin is possible. Check out this expert advice for zapping zits — plus the spots and scars that can follow — and the complexion you’ve always coveted will be well within reach.
File this piece of advice under, “how to get clear skin.” When it comes to figuring out why your skin is acting up in the first place, think beyond the surface.

“It’s important to look at acne and breakouts in a more global sense,” explains Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. “It’s not just about throwing some cream on a pimple. Examine your lifestyle to figure out what’s causing these pimples in the first place.” Factors like diet and how much you’re sleeping can all play a role, but the numero uno culprit behind most complexion concerns is stress. Stress hormones, namely cortisol, trigger excessive inflammation, which can both exacerbate existing breakouts and trigger new ones, says Gohara. Obviously, nixing stress entirely isn’t humanely possible, but, whenever you can, try to chill the eff out. Trust us, your skin — and your mind — will thank you.
This reusable microfiber pad is an Internet sensation, but I was admittedly a bit skeptical… was it really going to remove all my makeup, with just water alone? Yep, it’s true. Made with ultra-fine fibers (100 times finer than human hair) that trap and lift makeup, all you have to do is dampen the pad slightly and wipe. In seconds, even my most waterproof liner was completely gone, with no intense rubbing or scrubbing required. It’s also incredibly eco-friendly, since each pad can be washed and reused up to 200 times. Consider me impressed.