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What the HA??


If you're into skincare and anti-aging at all {umm, who isn't?} then chances are you've heard of hyaluronic acid. But what, exactly, is it, and why should you care? Well, you're in luck, because we're going to tell you... Right now. Read on!



So what is Hyaluronic Acid?


Hyaluronic Acid, or HA for short, is a substance that occurs naturally in just about every cell of the human body. If you're a visual-type person, you can picture HA as a clear, gooey substance, and the largest amounts of this gooey substance are found in your skin, connective tissue, and eyes.



So why HA?


When you think of hyaluronic acid, think hydration for your skin. Although HA doesn't actually contain water, it has the ability to retain up to 1000 times {count the zeroes} its weight in water. That's a lot of hydration! So using HA products are a huge help to your skin, especially in the area of - you guessed it - anti-aging.


So now it should be making a little more sense why we need to care about HA.



Similar to collagen, which you might be a little more familiar with, hyaluronic acid levels also decrease with age, as our bodies become less efficient at producing and maintaining the substance. So it's up to us to replenish!


You can take hyaluronic acid as an oral supplement, but we prefer incorporating topical HA into our daily skincare regimen, and here's why.



Why we love SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator




1. It instantly smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. WOO HOO!


2. It immediately hydrates the skin, obvi. But it also improves the appearance of skin texture and roughness.


3. It contains 5 different forms of HA {hence the name HA5} that work together to provide instant smoothing results and continuous hydration throughout the day.


4. It's powered by VITISENSCE Technology - an exclusive formulation that supports your skin's ability to stay hydrated and healthy looking.


Pretty good reasons, right?! We think so!




Anything else we need to know about hyaluronic acid?


HA has been found to help with wound healing, by regulating inflammation levels and signaling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area, so try applying it to your skin next time you get a cut and see what you think.


HA can be injected directly into the joints for pain relief, although oral supplements have also been shown to be effective for this purpose.


Eye drops containing HA can help to reduce dry eye symptoms and are frequently used during eye surgery to reduce inflammation and speed wound healing.



So there you have it! Hyaluronic Acid can be the secret weapon in your skincare routine, a simple step to add that makes a BIG difference. Give it a try and let us know what you think!




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