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Hyaluronic acid: How does it work in helping slow skin aging?

A woman receives a hyaluronic acid in an effort to slow down signs of skin aging.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared on the beauty blog “Thank Your Skin.” Click here to read the original entry, including a handy infographic that explains more about how hyaluronic acid can help your skin.

Whenever there’s a new product on the market regarding skin care, “does it work” is probably the first question that pops into your mind. And unfortunately, there’s really no way for you to have an answer to that unless you give the product a try.

This is where things get frustrating.

You see, not all products that promise to give you younger-looking skin can actually work. Some of them can’t really do anything for the skin while others can cause more harm than good.

But before you realize those things, you have to invest not just time and effort, but money, too.

Listen: When it comes to aging skin, you need to be careful about what products you use. As much as possible, stick with products and ingredients that can keep your skin hydrated.

Take, for example, hyaluronic acid. This ingredient is actually a naturally occurring substance in the body. In fact, you were born with a lot of hyaluronic acid.

This explains why your skin was supple, elastic and plump when you were younger.

However, as you age and as you get exposed to a lot of factors, the amount of HA you have in your body lowers. This results in your skin becoming thinner, wrinkly and saggy.

By adding products with HA to your routine, you’ll be able to somehow slow down those signs of skin aging.

Hyaluronic acid has a great ability to replenish the skin’s lost moisture. And it does so without giving the skin too much water or causing the skin’s surface to break down.

Now, here’s something really interesting — HA can work really well for all skin types.

It’s not that heavy or suffocating to the pores, which is why it’s a highly recommended ingredient even for acne-prone skin. It also has a calming property so people with rosacea and eczema can use it, too.

To add hyaluronic acid to your routine is pretty simple. There are actually tons of products formulated with this ingredient.

You can get it in creams, serums, and lotions. Just pick one according to your skin’s needs.

For example, if you have acne-prone skin, you should skip thick and heavy creams. This makes serums with HA your best option.

Serums have smaller molecules that allow them to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin easily.

And if you partner HA serum with the best vitamin C serums, you can actually supercharge your skincare routine. Just make sure to apply the vitamin C serum first and layer the HA serum on top.

You can also try using lotions with HA, particularly if you’re dealing with acne on your back or chest. Why?

Well, cleansing with the best body wash for acne has the potential to dry your skin out. And once your skin gets dry and dehydrated, it’s actually forced to produce more oil to compensate.

The result? Dull skin, more clogged pores and acne.

Hannah Do is founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Email her at hannah@thankyourskin.com to learn more.