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In the world of skin care, Hyaluronic Acid is considered a gold-star ingredient for its ability to hydrate and nourish all skin types—especially dry skin. Lauded by skin care professionals across the globe, it's included in many skin care products for a reason: it's effective, nonirritating, and fits seamlessly into any routine. But what exactly does it do?

Read on to explore Hyaluronic Acid skin benefits and how to incorporate this ingredient into your routine for best results.


Hyaluronic Acid Explained

Hyaluronic Acid is a type of sugar naturally found in the human body. It resides in the skin, connective tissues, and eyes, where it plays a critical role in maintaining hydration. It's famed for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which allows it to plump and hydrate skin from within. In turn, this diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dry patches.

Hyaluronic Acid skin moisturizer and other skin care products are often made through biofermentation, a scientific process that involves fermenting sugars through specific strains of bacteria. This synthesized version of Hyaluronic Acid closely mimics the natural substance found in your skin, making it highly compatible and effective in topical formulations. Additionally, unlike certain oils, Hyaluronic Acid is lightweight, fast-absorbing, and nongreasy.

Typically measured in percentages, Hyaluronic Acid concentrations can vary by formula, ranging from as low as 0.1 percent to as high as 2 percent or more. The higher the concentration, the more effectively the formula can deliver hydration to the skin.


Top Hyaluronic Acid Skin Benefits

Here are some ways Hyaluronic Acid can replenish and restore your complexion.


Maintains Healthy Hydration

Hyaluronic Acid acts as a humectant, drawing moisture from the environment or your skin's deeper layers and delivering it to your skin's surface. This helps restore and maintain optimal hydration levels, supporting skin barrier function and leaving the skin soft, supple, and dewy.


Plumps and Firms

By replenishing the skin's moisture reserves, Hyaluronic Acid helps plump the skin and support elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With regular use, it can impart a more youthful and rejuvenated complexion.


Soothes and Repairs

Hyaluronic Acid is soothing and generally well tolerated on sensitive and easily irritated skin. Its anti-inflammatory and skin regenerative properties also support conditions such as rosacea and eczema, calming inflammation, redness, and discomfort.


Enhances Absorption of Other Ingredients

By strengthening your skin barrier function, Hyaluronic Acid can enhance the absorption of your other skin care ingredients. It allows key ingredients to penetrate more deeply into the skin for maximum efficacy.


How to Use Hyaluronic Acid in Your Routine

Hyaluronic Acid is safe and well suited for all skin types, including dry, oily, combination, and sensitive skin. It can be especially beneficial for those with dry skin, however, because of its superior hydrating abilities.

Hyaluronic Acid skin moisturizer is a popular go-to, but you can also find this ingredient in cleansers, serums, facial mists, toners, and sunscreen. So, how you fit it into your routine ultimately depends on your personal preferences. Here are a few ways to boost your skin care regimen with Hyaluronic Acid:

  • PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum: Contains a proprietary blend that penetrates deeper into the skin and encourages your skin to create its own Hyaluronic Acid for long-term effects.
  • PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Mask: Hydrates, rejuvenates, and deeply nourishes skin to work wonders while you snooze.
  • PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster: Instantly conditions delicate lip skin, reduces fine lines with collagen-stimulating peptides, and improves lip volume, hydration, and softness over time.
  • PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Eye Patches: Features 1,254 self-dissolving microneedles infused with Hyaluronic Acid that create invisible micropores for enhanced delivery of hydrating and anti-aging ingredients under the eye.


Your Best Skin Yet

Your journey to your best skin is highly personal. Ideally, the products you use should align with your skin type, concerns, and long-term goals. Hyaluronic Acid is generally well tolerated, unlikely to cause irritation or allergic reactions, and significantly contributes to improved skin hydration and texture. So, adding this ingredient to your routine can be a positive step toward achieving results.


Kaleigh Fasanella
Kaleigh Fasanella is a New Jersey-based beauty and wellness reporter with over a decade of experience writing for both digital outlets and brands. She previously worked at magazines like Allure and Teen Vogue before going freelance to write for a variety of publications. While she loves all aspects of beauty, she's especially passionate about skin care and helping others learn about and care for their skin.