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Hyaluronic Acid: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Skincare Ingredient

All of our favorite hyaluronic acid-infused beauty products to keep your skin soft, smooth, and radiant.

Updated April 08, 2021 by Amanda Dixon

Hyaluronic Acid: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Skincare Ingredient

Chances are, if you don’t know about (or use) skincare products with hyaluronic acid—you’ve heard countless commercials and seen dozens of ads calling out this popular ingredient. So, what’s all the buzz really about? Hyaluronic acid is a clear substance that reduces the loss of moisture. And don’t let the word “acid” scare you—our skin produces hyaluronic acid naturally to keep skin balanced, hydrated, plump, and vibrant. Unfortunately, natural production of hyaluronic acid starts to slow as we age—setting the stage for dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Luckily, hyaluronic acid can be found in beauty products of all types—from ultra-luxe creams, to lush lip balms, and even illuminating highlighters. These are a few of our favorite hyaluronic acid-infused beauty products to keep skin soft, smooth, and radiant.

Super Powered Skincare

A single gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water. Even more impressive, it has an amazing ability to regulate moisture within cells, so it never feels heavy. Pretty awesome, right? This makes hyaluronic acid great for all skin types—even oily, blemish prone skin.

For instant relief from dry, irritated skin, try a rich cream like Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream. The lightweight formula contains 30% hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture for up to 72 hours. Treat sensitive skin around the eyes with a brightening, revitalizing cream such as Filorga TIME-FILLER EYES Absolute Eye Correction Cream. The velvety texture absorbs deeply into skin for a soft, supple finish.

Another b-glowing must-have is Dr Sebagh Serum Repair. This nourishing daily serum contains (you guessed it!) hyaluronic acid as well as powerful peptides to firm and refresh skin. And when skin calls for intensive repair, reach for Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel. This at-home treatment works to promote skin renewal while restoring essential moisture to plump and hydrate skin. Use just a couple times a week for balanced, glowing skin.


Miraculous Makeup

Skincare isn’t the only place you’ll find hyaluronic acid—a variety of makeup and cosmetics products now use this skin-saving ingredient to improve performance and enhance skin's natural glow. New research even suggests that hyaluronic acid has antioxidant properties to protect skin against free radicals like pollution and environmental stressors.

For flawless skin that feels as good as it looks, we love IT Cosmetics CC+® Cream Illumination with SPF 50+. This next-level CC cream blends seamlessly into skin for soft, buildable coverage that camouflages imperfections. Collagen, peptides, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid plump and hydrate skin for long-lasting wear and comfort. And for a touch of radiance, reach for Wander Beauty Catch the Light Highlighter and Glowtion. The versatile, hyaluronic acid-infused formula can be worn alone or with makeup for an ultra-flattering pearlescent glow.

Finish this skin-loving routine with BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder. The weightless formula creates the perfect makeup finish by instantly blurring imperfections, minimizing pores, and providing shine control. And for soft, soothed lips anytime, anywhere make sure to try KOSAS Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm. This perfectly packable balm provides lips with essential hydration and an irresistible splash of color whenever you need it.


Happy, Hydrated Hair

It’s true! Hyaluronic acid is used in hair care products to create softer, shinier hair and a healthy, balanced scalp. Hyaluronic acid provides nourishment while working to fortify each strand of hair for improved elasticity and softness. And because healthy hair starts at the root, this multitasking ingredient helps to soothe the scalp for comforted, calmed skin that’s free from itching and irritation.

R+Co SUN CATCHER Power C Boosting Leave-in Conditioner helps soften, seal, detangle and fight frizz. Hyaluronic acid and vegetable collagen fortify and strengthen hair, while antioxidant-rich vitamin C protects hair UV damage. Or reach for R+Co Centerpiece All-In-One Elixir Spray—formulated with hyaluronic acid, lemon peel extract, and sea buckthorn seed oil for unbeatable shine.

For amazing volume, we love Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Conditioner. This creamy formula works to hydrate hair while building thickness and promoting optimal hair growth. Nourishing hyaluronic acid, amla oi, and vitamin B5 help to moisturize without weighing hair down. Hair feels replenished, soft, and full.


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