The secret to supple skin? Hyaluronic acid (also known as sodium hyaluronate, or HA for short). "It's immensely important," explains naturopathic doctor and best-selling author of Younger Skin Starts in the Gut, Dr. Nigma Talib. "HA is naturally found in our bodies and helps with everything from joint function and nerve conduction to liquidity in eyes and hydrated skin." Like a sponge, this powerful humectant can hold 1,000 times its weight in water—hence its nickname, the "moisture molecule." HA is responsible for maintaining plumpness and elasticity, a healthy microbiome and skin's barrier function, which helps protect against environmental aggressors—namely sun, wind, and pollution.
Healthy, youthful skin abounds with hyaluronic acid. But as we age, our body's natural reserve depletes. In fact, by the time we reach our 40s, we're down 50 percent, according to Dr. Talib. This contributes to dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness and elasticity. The good news is that you can replenish HA through your skin care.
When applied topically, this superstar ingredient provides powerful anti-aging, hydrating, and soothing benefits. Whether you're struggling with fine lines, dryness, or sensitivity, incorporating hyaluronic acid into your daily routine is a must. From serums and creams to masks and supplements, there are plenty of ways to get your daily dose.