Commonly found in moisturisers, serums and sheet masks, hyaluronic acid is known to be a miracle worker for dry and tired skin, hailed for its ability to hydrate and plump. Although labelled as an ‘acid’, those with sensitive skin don’t have to worry about this hero product as––unlike exfoliating acids such as alpha or beta hydroxy acid (AHA/BHA)––it doesn’t dry out or strip the skin.
To learn more about hyaluronic acid, we turned to the experts to find out exactly what is does to skin, how best to incorporate it into your skincare regime and the products to try.
What is Hyaluronic acid?
First things first, what even is hyaluronic acid?
Ignore the slightly scary sounding name––“hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin. It helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, dewier and more hydrated”, states board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse.