The word acid might understandably freak people out. Harsh chemicals, a potential face-melting experience… No thanks! Skincare new terminology might sound scary but definitely isn’t. And hyaluronic acid is one of those terms.

So what is it?

Hyaluronic acid is found in the body and is also known as the ‘lubricant molecule’. This is because it is capable of absorbing up to a thousand times its own weight in water. This means that it retains water in the top layers of the skin, which keeps you looking plump and smooth and feeling hydrated. As we age, however, our body produces much less of it, which means that we need to find ways to supplement it so that our skin stays moisturised. This is why it has become such a popular ingredient in skincare products.

Because of its size, the hyaluronic acid molecule can’t be absorbed into the skin. But that’s okay – this means that it sits on your skin for longer and preventing it from drying out. Other than its amazing hydration properties, this acid also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to heal and soothe the skin and is known to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. In other words, we have discovered the fountain of youth!

Want to incorporate it into your skincare regimen? Here are six products to get you started on your journey to healthy, hydrated skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Say hello to fresh skin! True to it’s name, the new range from Neutrogena adds moisture to the skin and locks it in all day.

Esse Serum

This serums caters to all skin concerns and is made locally so it’s perfect for the South African climate. Support local!

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Esse Serum / R325

Eucerin Anti-Age Hyaluron Filler Day Cream Dry Skin

Specially formulated for dry skin, this day cream helps to plump the skin and smooths out even the deepest wrinkles.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

This serum is trusted by beauty aficionados the world over and is designed to improve the level of hyaluronic acid in the skin.

Nivea Anti-Age Cellular Night Cream

This night cream is extremely nourishing and gets to work hydrated dull, tired skin while you are getting your beauty sleep.

DermaFix Hyaluronic Plus Serum

As the name suggests, this serum provides the skin with a moisture boost and also fills in small lines and wrinkles.

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