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What is hyaluronic acid? Everything you need to know about this essential skincare ingredient

Hyaluronic acid products can help skin retain moisture and improve skin texture.

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If you’ve ever researched skincare, you’ve likely come across hyaluronic acid, or an ingredient labeled HA. But through a sea of skin solutions, it’s hard to decipher what each ingredient does and what its benefit is. That’s why Kenvue is breaking down hyaluronic acid in simple terms, so you can get the best out of your beauty routine.

First things first, what is hyaluronic acid?

While the ingredient list in fancy creams or anti-aging products can be confusing or intimidating, hyaluronic acid is different – it’s something we naturally contain in our skin.1 HA is a sugar molecule also found in our joints and connective tissues, with the main function of retaining moisture and keeping our skin, joints and tissues well-lubricated and hydrated. It’s a humectant that binds water and contributes to the structural integrity of the skin.

While there are many reasons people struggle with dry skin, like a dry climate or a change of season, expertly formulated HA-containing products can help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier to retain and increase moisture, and improve overall skin texture.

What are the benefits of using hyaluronic acid?

As we age, it’s natural to see a change in your skin’s texture, including dry lines developing. But have you ever wondered why that is? A key contributor is that our skin becomes drier and loses its ability to retain moisture. Enter: skin’s superhero! Hyaluronic acid can bind water, helping to plump skin with moisture and improve skin’s texture.

I’m ready to start using hyaluronic acid! Where do I start?

At Kenvue, we understand the importance of hydration for healthy skin. That’s why we have incorporated hyaluronic acid into several of our most popular products, from moisturizers to serums.

For a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, try the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel with Hyaluronic Acid. This product provides up to 48 hours of continuous hydration and its unique gel formula is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving it soft, supple, and refreshed.

Looking for a dual-action product? Try a moisturizer that also contains exfoliating properties: The Neostrata® Hyaluronic Luminous Lift is a daily volumizing gel cream moisturizer featuring a Hyaluronic Acid Complex that delivers three different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid to skin and NeoGlucosamine, a non-acid amino sugar technology that gently exfoliates skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliate dark spots for a more even skin tone.2

For an easy dose of hydration, try a Pick-Me-Up Plumping Mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine from Exuviance®. This form-fitting, no-budge biocellulose mask adheres to skin, and is great for anyone looking for a quick boost of moisture.

Simply incorporate one of these products in your morning and/or evening routines after cleansing and say hello to hydrated, healthy-looking skin.

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