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What Is Hyaluronic Acid and Why Do You Need It in Your Beauty Routine?

Your skin is going to love it!
What Is Hyaluronic Acid and Why Do You Need It in Your Beauty Routine?
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Your skin is going to love it!

As we get older, our skin loses moisture, which paves the way for dryness and sagging. To counteract this, many beauty experts recommend the use of hyaluronic acid or hyaluronic acid-infused products. If you've never heard of this skin care ingredient before, below are its uses and benefits.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is famous for its abilities to retain collagen and moisture—it can bind itself to "1,000 times its weight in water," making it one of the most water-loving molecules in nature. It's a naturally occurring substance in the body and acts as a lubricant for joints and muscles.

When we age, our bodies don't produce as much hyaluronic acid anymore. This is why it's found in serums and moisturizers to keep skin smooth, supple, and elastic.

Why should you use it?

 These are the reasons to include it in your regimen ASAP!

1. It works for all skin types.

While it's anti-aging and nourishing, hyaluronic acid works for all skin types: whether it's dry or oily and acne-prone. You can even use it if you have eczema! This is because it can give skin moisture, without giving it too much (because moisture OD can also be a problem "because it causes key substances holding the skin's surface intact to break down.")

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CosRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, P1,070, The Skincare Curator

2. It's extremely gentle.

Hyaluronic acid has a natural calming benefit that soothes skin irritations and pimples, making it easy to use for those with a reactive complexion.

IMAGE Mizon

Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 76 Premium Hydrating Serum, P1,060, Althea

3. It revitalizes your complexion.

Yup, just by using hyaluronic acid, your skin will become brighter and more luminous.

IMAGE The Ordinary

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, P800, Makeup Depot Ph

4. It has anti-oxidant properties.

Not only can it reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but it will also protect your skin from harsh environmental aggressors that can lead to skin aging!

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Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask Hyaluronic Acid, P115.64, Innisfreeworld.com

*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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