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What Is Polyglutamic Acid and Why Is It Better Than Hyaluronic Acid?

It can hold five times more water than hyaluronic acid!
What Is Polyglutamic Acid and Why Is It Better Than Hyaluronic Acid?
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It can hold five times more water than hyaluronic acid!

Everyone always talks about how great hyaluronic acid is for the skin, but no one ever mentions its skincare sister—polyglutamic acid. Like HA, polyglutamic acid packs a punch for those seeking hydrated and glowing skin. With a bunch of serums and essences adding this star ingredient into their formulas, we're certain polyglutamic acid will soon take center stage as a popular skincare ingredient.

Below, we explain how polyglutamic acid can work magic for your skin and why you should add it to your skincare routine:

What Is Polyglutamic Acid?

Polyglutamic acid is a molecule that naturally occurs within the skin and act as a humectant. It's bigger and rounder than your usual hyaluronic molecule, which means that it sits and hydrates the upper layer of the skin. It's amazing for those looking for that "glass skin" look, as it gives a dewy and plump appearance to the skin. As the acid works like a natural highlighter, it is amazing for prepping skin before a photoshoot, and making the skin look smoother.

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Polyglutamic Acid vs. Hyaluronic Acid

Both polyglutamic and hyaluronic acid are moisturizing superstars. They both hold water, which means that they are amazing for dry or dehydrated skin. However, polyglutamic stands out as it can hold five times more water than hyaluronic acid, making the ingredient so much more hydrating. This does not mean that you should abandon hyaluronic completely, though! When both are used together, they can be seen as the secret recipe for hydrated skin. 

Why Should You Use Polyglutamic Acid?

1. Hydration

Polyglutamic is a master at hydration! The acid is ideal for those with dull or dry skin as it can help give you that bouncy glow.

2. Wound Healing

Surprisingly, polyglutamic acid was used for the medical healing of wounds and burns before being a star skincare ingredient. The acid is gentle and great to apply on sensitive skin.

3. Anti-Aging

With frequent use, polyglutamic acid can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Since it hold in moisture for a long amount of time, it can help improve skin elasticity.

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Skincare Products with Polyglutamic Acid

1. It's Skin Power 10 Formula GF Effector

Applying a few drops of the GF Effector all over the face will hydrate your skin from within. Infused with polyglutamic acid, this concentrate is great for those with dry skin that needs a moisture boost. The formula also helps soothes irritation, whether caused by dryness or inflammation.

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Power 10 Formula GF Effector, P490, IT'S SKIN, ph.althea.kr

2. The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid

This polyglutamic acid serum can hold four times more moisture than one with hyaluronic acid, locking in moisture and helping the skin appear instantly smoother. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and its lightweight silky texture creates a perfect canvas for makeup.

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Polyglutamic Acid, P1075, THE INKEY LIST, Lazada

3. Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum

This serum visibly plumps the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. With the help of polyglutamic acid, the texture of the serum is lightweight and absorbs instantly to help create a smooth complexion before makeup. The product is perfect for the summer as it helps with firmness and elasticity, and promises an easy and airy application.

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Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, P5700, KATE SOMERVILLE, Sephora.ph

4. Then I Met You The Giving Essence

The Giving Essence contains 80% naturally fermented ingredients, as well as niacinamide and polyglutamic acid that helps unlock a healthy and hydrated complexion. The essence promises to give a dewy glow that will help your skin reach peak luminosity.

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The Giving Essence, $50 (approx. P2483), THEN I MET YOU, thenimetyou.com

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