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hyaluronic acid

Component of skin tissue. Synthetic variations are used in skincare products to function as a superior skin-replenishing ingredient. Hyaluronic acid has restorative abilities and can boost skin’s moisture content, soothe, and defend against moisture loss. It is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an optimal hydrator for all skin types.

In addition to its function as a superior skin-restoring ingredient, hyaluronic acid also provides an antioxidant defense against environmental assault. For more info about hyaluronic acid, please see our article, How Hyaluronic Acid Benefits Skin.

Reference for this information:

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2011, issue 9, pages 990-1000

Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2009, pages 38–43

See natural moisturizing factor (NMF)

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