Hydration is your skin's best friend!
Our skin has several BFF’s to make it function optimally. One of which is water= hydration. I would venture to say that most of us have heard of, or at least have seen the initials of this stellar skincare ingredient, H.A. / Hyaluronic acid. So let’s delve a little deeper on what it is and why it plays such an important role in skin health.
What is H.A. /Hyaluronic Acid?
Though the name can be misleading, Hyaluronic Acid is not an “acid” in the true sense of the word nor is it an exfoliant. Hyaluronic Acid is actually a gel-like molecule that binds water to itself to retain moisture. Many may not realize Hyaluronic acid is actually produced in the body naturally. It is used in our connective tissue, like our joints, muscles, and skin. This molecule can absorb 1000 x’s its own weight in water, which is quite remarkable and hugely beneficial for maintaining healthy skin function.
Why is H.A. important to maintain healthy skin?
Well hydrated skin helps keep our skin cells plumped out, the enzymes in our skin active (which help with the skin's natural exfoliation process), the cells renewed and the face looking fresh and supple.
It’s important to note that as we age our natural ability to produce this molecule slows down and the body has a harder time holding onto moisture. This can lead to the breakdown of healthy skin resulting in undesirable skin conditions like fine lines, dehydrated skin, lackluster skin, sensitive skin, etc. This is precisely why it is so important to incorporate more hydrating products both internally and topically. All skin types and conditions, especially compromised skin (acne, rosacea, sensitive, congested, aging etc) benefit greatly from products containing Hyaluronic acid. It allows for better repair and skin function.
Ways to boost Hydration in the skin:
Drink clean Water…. Lots of it
Use topical products containing ingredients like Hyaluronic acid
Exfoliate weekly (rid the skin of old skin cells that can’t retain moisture)
Eat healthy fats to help lock in moisture (avocado, flax seed, fish, omega fish oils)
These are just a few good examples of ways to stay on top of the hydration game so we can help keep our skin looking fresh, full (like a grape), and “bouncy”.
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