Hyaluronic acid is one of my favorite ingredients in skin care.  Not only does it have the ability to significantly hydrate the skin, but it is also a polysaccharide (protein and sugar complex) that already exists in our bodies.  Not too many skin care ingredients can say that!  Located in the dermis of our skin are collagen, proteins, and GAGs (glycosaminoglycans).  You can think of these components as a fluid matrix that holds everything together in the skin.  Hyaluronic acid is a GAG that supports the health and growth of the dermis.  In the skin care world, hyaluronic acid is known  as a humectant, which is a unique chemical that binds water to the skin.  A humectant has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water (pretty darn amazing)!  Look for skin care products that have hyaluronic acid in them to effectively hydrate and plump your skin.  Stay thirsty, my friends 🙂

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