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HA’s Beauty Promise

What's the secret to having great-looking skin as you age? Many experts and beauty manufacturers agree-it's hyaluronic acid

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is nature’s greatest moisturizer, drawing up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture and binding it to the lower layers of the skin. This miracle compound enhances skin’s elasticity while minimizing lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in most every cell in the body, including the interior of the eye, joint fluid, lymph, mucous membranes, and blood. However, the largest concentration-almost 50 percent of the body’s HA-is in skin tissue. In 1997, doctors began using HA in a variety of forms to treat the accumulative wear and tear of aging on eyes, joints, and skin.

With age, the ability of your skin to produce HA decreases and your skin becomes drier, thinner, and wrinkled. Since HA chemically attracts water, topical treatments can draw water to the skin’s surface, rehydrating skin and helping to soften and smooth it.

Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid and it mimics hyaluronic acid produced naturally by the body. Sodium hyaluronate is smaller than hyaluronic acid, so it is able to move more freely into the deeper layers of the skin. Topically, it is a key ingredient in skin serums, toners, moisturizers, eye creams, and hair conditioners. You can give your regular moisturizer a boost by adding a dose of sodium hyaluronate on top to draw more moisture into your skin.

Smooth fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes with Derma EHydrating Eye Crème with Hyaluronic Acid and Pycnogenol. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and helps firm delicate skin; powerful antioxidant Pycnogenol and green tea replenish and protect; and witch hazel and aloe vera soften and soothe. The lightweight, vegan eye treatment absorbs easily to conquer dryness and crow’s feet.

Moisturize smarter with DeVitaHyaluronic SeruGel. This fast-absorbing, oil-free gel delivers maximum amounts of hyaluronic acid (65% solution) to the skin in a base of aloe vera and extracts of seaweed and grape seed. DeVita uses all-vegan ingredients, including
hyaluronic acid sourced from fermented potatoes.

Get glowing skin with Pomega5’sOr de Nuit Illuminating Lifting Serum. Hyaluronic acid hydrates; aloe vera softens and soothes; extensin derived from carrots firms and lifts; nutrient-rich blue green algae nourishes and tones; and microscopic gold flakes boost collagen production and brighten skin. Use this high-performance serum after your moisturizer when you want to look your best, or tap over makeup as a touch up.

Hydrate and regenerate your skin with SukiRadical Results Youth Serum. The lightweight, oil-free treatment hydrates with hyaluronic acid, regenerates skin cells with CoQ10, and protects with antioxidant-rich resveratrol and vitamins A, and C. Ideal for dry, mature skin.

Say goodbye to thirsty skin with HyalogicEpisilk Facial Mist. This light mist with hyaluronic acid and fermented radish root hydrates and soothes dry skin without clogging pores or leaving an oily residue. Use morning, night, and in-between to refresh your skin.

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Sherrie Strausfogel is the author of Hawaii’s Spa Experience: Rejuvenating Secrets of the Islands. Writing about beauty, spas, health, cuisine, and travel, Strausfogel’s work has appeared in more than 100 magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, and websites. She is based in Honolulu.