Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance plentiful in young skin. It’s found between collagen and elastin fibers, cushions and lubricates providing volume and snap – like plump baby skin. Unfortunately, the concentration of hyaluronic acid diminishes as we age. When applied topically hyaluronic acid effectively hydrates and plumps skin. It is often times referred to as “smart hydration” as it holds 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, increasing moisture content and preventing moisture loss.

Sodium hyaluronate spheres, another name for encapsulated hyaluronic acid, is the most effective form of this ingredient. In a nutshell, it is dehydrated and enclosed into microspheres allowing for deeper penetration into the skin.

It’s interesting to note, the main ingredient in injectable dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm is hyaluronic acid.

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