Ingredient Focus: What is Hyaluronic Acid and why do you need it?
Article was written by BFR's founder Leslie Munsell
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by our bodies that unfortunately, decreases as we age. The largest amounts of it are found in our skin, connective tissue and eyes.
Initially, when you think of the word “acid,” it doesn’t seem like something you want to put on your face or in your body. Truth is, some of the most effective ingredients in skin care are acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acid(Glycolic) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic) are incredibly effective exfoliants (that’s another blog!) Hyaluronic Acid, the queen of hydration, also lubricates and cushions the joints and is effective in wound care.
The benefit of Hyaluronic Acid to skin is that it captures moisture from the air and retains it in the skin. The increased hydration in the skin supports collagen, which is our connective tissue. By filling the space between the collagen and elastic fibers, there is increased elasticity and firmness resulting in a firmer, smoother appearance to skin.
‣ Hydrates the skin instantly and throughout the day.
‣ Supports the feeling of skin elasticity and plumpness.
‣ Helps to soften the appearance of fine lines.
‣ Delivers a featherweight hydrating base layer.
There are a number of products in skin care and make up that use Hyaluronic in their formulas. It’s an ingredient that really pays off and is easy to incorporate in your beauty routine. It’s another reason to love Beauty For Real's MVP Tinted Moisturizer- along with MVP’s other benefits, Broad Spectrum Mineral Sun Block and a Full Coverage Concealer right in the cap! We love a make up product that is multi-purpose and also has skin care benefits, right?
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