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Like the stereotypical wallflower in a movie, hyaluronic acid has been quietly but effectively working its magic in the background, but as new anti-aging treatments come out featuring hyaluronic acid as the star ingredient, it's time for this super-hydrator to step into the spotlight.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance widely distributed throughout our bodies.  It acts as a lubricant between our joints, as an important component of cartilage and is found in the spaces between the skin's collagen and elastin, which form part of the skin's supporting network.  As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid found in the skin decreases dramatically (surprise, surprise), resulting in dehydrated skin, roughness, flaking, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.

The good news? Topical treatments are available which can help to replenish hyaluronic acid (and sodium hyaluronate, its smaller salt molecule) in the skin. Where it really shines is in moisturizers like [Link Removed] .  Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, helping to draw moisture into the skin to plump and hydrate.  I like to think of it as a supersponge of hydration for the skin.

Consider the benefits of well-hydrated skin:

•Fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable
•Tightness of dry skin is alleviated
•Skin barrier function is reinforced to keep out external irritants, bacteria and environmental assaults
•Other treatments and active ingredients penetrate the skin more easily and are absorbed more effectively
•A healthy environment is maintained for skin cell turnover
[Link Removed] water loss is minimized  

Lab synthesized to mimic the substance naturally found in our bodies, hyaluronic acid in skin care is one ingredient that works for all ages and skin types.  It may not dazzle us with bells and whistles, but hyaluronic acid is tried and true, does its job exceptionally well and doesn't disappoint.  Rather like a good husband, or so my mother tells me.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti-aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].
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