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In the last few blogs we have discussed the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, maintaining hydrated skin, and how to break down SUPER hard-to-decipher skincare ingredients. 

In this Tahitian Pearl Blog edition, we’re going to talk about Hyaluronic Acid and how this youth-booster helps to plump up skin, reduce the sign of aging, and fight against further skin damage. (uh, yes, please!) 

If you’re new to skincare and embarking on a vital part of this self care journey, you may not have heard of this powerful moisturizer quite yet. And if you are pretty well versed in facial products, you may know that this hard-to-pronounce acid is good for you, but not why. 

So, hyaluronic acid, what the hyal-uronic is it? 

Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, translation: a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that provides structural support, making it paramount to the health of our skin and joints. The role of hyaluronic acid is to retain moisture, in fact one molecule of HA can hold up so 1,000 times its weight in water! As it locks in H2o, hyaluronic acid makes sure that our skin stays happy, luscious, and hydrated.

Unfortunately, just like it’s BFF’s in skin smoothening, collagen and elastin, hyaluronic acid molecules decrease as we age. As your skin looses this desirable compound, you might notice it appears less supple and firm, more pliable, and that wrinkles are more noticeable. Definitely nothing we want to sign up for!

The good new is that there are a lot of ways to add hyaluronic acid back into your body. In fact, plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists favor hyaluronic acid as a dermal filler for crows feet, acne scars, deep smile and frown lines, facial scars, and burn treatments. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to go “under the needle” to reap the stunning effects of this organic powerhouse.

Your Pearl Fam’s got your covered. One of the best ways to use HA is in skincare products like lotions and serums. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid keeps skin moisturized day and night by sealing in water and preventing it from evaporating back into the air. The best vehicle for HA is as a serum, and the best method of administration is to apply when skin is slightly damp. After washing your face for the morning or evening, you can gently towel dry and pat on Tahitian Pearl Hydra Great Gel Serum. When your skin is slightly wet, the HA in the serum will absorb the residual water left on your skin, keeping your skin looking plumper and fuller. Be aware however, that applying HA to completely dry skin may have a less beneficial result, as this acid will try to extract moisture from the deeper levels of your dermis. 

Another great thing about this staple skincare ingredient is that it works well with most other natural skincare ingredients, some of which may already be in your existing routine. If you love using peels, vitamins, retinols, or other acids— don’t worry, HA can safely and easily be incorporated! The only thing you should be wary of combining it with is low-level pH acids, like glycolic acid. When mixed with acids that have low pH levels, hyaluronic acid breaks down and can become less effective. No thank you, we love our HA! 

If you’re hoping to improve your skin texture, moisture levels, and firmness, adding this moisturizing heavyweight to your lineup is a no brainer. Although you may be wary of using something called an “acid,” which brings to mind burning and tingling, rest assured that HA is soothing and supports healing. Hyaluronic acid products that use organic and fair-trade ingredients reduce inflammation and redness, and are gentle enough for people with eczema and rosacea. Even better, HA is an antioxidant that creates a barrier against UVB sunrays and damage. So, as you’re healing your skin, you are also defending it against further damage like sunspots, uneven skin tone, dry skin, and wrinkles.

I don’t know about you, but after listing all of these benefits I want to slather some on RIGHT NOW!! 

xoxooxox,

Your Pearl Fam

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