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Hyaluronic Acid Decoded: Everything you need to know.

This is one of those rare times that you will hear sugar is good for you, but I am not talking about a delicious sweet treat. I am talking about Hyaluronic Acid or, as you will often see, abbreviated HA.

Are you feeling a little perplexed with what HA has to do with sugar? HA is a sugar that naturally occurs in the skin and helps the skin retain moisture. We start to lose you our HA as early as 18 years (YIKES). As hyaluronic acid depletes, the skin loses its ability to hold on to hydration and becomes more dry and brittle. That is why you want HA in your skincare! HA is a humectant, meaning it can hold one thousand times its weight in water. Do you know what that means? Plump plump! 

HA works to attract and bind to water molecules and increase the skin’s water content, which is how your skin almost instantly looks plump after just one application. Since HA can be naturally found in your skin, your skin sucks it up immediately and gets to work.

But did you know that there is a right and wrong way to use hyaluronic acid? As we said before, HA is a humectant, so if you put HA on dry skin, it will start pulling moisture from the deeper levels of your skin, which can leave you more dehydrated.  

To get dew-worthy skin, make sure your skin is still damp when you put your HA on. Dampen your skin with a bit of water or up the anti-oxidant level with your favorite toner (avoid if your toner has alcohol in it) or a hydrating essence for double dew duty. It’s the same thing if you are using a hyaluronic acid body cream, like the new Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Body Lotion (shameless plus); put it on when your skin is still a little damp. 

If you love the dewy, glowy & ultra-hydrated look, try this ⬇️ ⬇️

Cleanser: Stone Crop Cleansing Oil

Toner/Essense: Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Toner or Birch Water Purifying Essense

Serum: Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum

Facial Oil:  Facial Recovery Oil

Moisturizer: Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator

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