Skincare professionals talk a lot about the importance of hydration in the skin and we are usually referring to the Hyaluronic Acid that is naturally found in our skin. Just like collagen breaks down with time, so does our skins Hyaluronic Acid content. This can leave the skin feeling tight, lacking glow, and flakiness can develop. Thats why you can be oily and dehydrated at the same time.
When we apply Hyaluronic Acid to the skin it acts as a humectant, drawing in atmosphere hydration to the skin barrier. It also helps the skin retain the water you drink throughout the day and prevents skin barrier deficiencies that causes skin dehydration- also known as trans-epidermal water loss which can cause sensitivity and premature aging with time.
Each molecule of Hyaluronic Acid can hold over 100 times its own weight in water molecules so as it draws in more hydration from the air and the products you layer on top of it, those molecules grow and plump the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid is the same humectant that lubricates your joints and eyes so its an important part of our human biology. Most Hyaluronic Acid is now plant derived or developed in a lab however it used to be a common practice to extract it from rooster combs and still is for some medical professionals.
My go-to product for restoring my skins barrier is Glymeds YOUTH Firm Age Defying Peel. Use after cleansing. Apply to the face, neck and décolleté and leave on for 5-7 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Can be used 2-3 times a month to maintain healthy skin.