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What about Hyaluronic Acid? – Claire Bourgeois

What about Hyaluronic Acid?

Many patients lift an eyebrow when I talk about hyaluronic acid. You’re putting acid on my skin?!

What is hyaluronic acid?

A water-loving molecule that naturally occurs (quite abundantly) in humans and animals, found in young skin, connective tissues and join fluid. It is known to cushion and lubricate. As we age, the forces of nature, diet, and smoking affect the levels of hyaluronic acid in the body overtime.

Which types of products have hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is added to many products but also used as one of the main ingredients in Hydrators (like our Products of the Month for March!). It is often combined with antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, and E, Camelia Sinesis (green tea), and resveratrol (the active ingredient in red wine). These hydrators are to be used before any other treatments or moisturizers– they most come in gel or serum form. Some have several forms of hyaluronic acid for optimum results. Cosmetic fillers are mainly hyaluronic acid as well.

Okay…confused! A hydrator?! What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

To keep it simple: a hydrator adds water, a moisturizer seals to keep water in.

What kind of results can I expect?

Hydration is essential for healthy, beautiful plump skin. Hyaluronic acid provides short (immediate, refreshed appearance) and long lasting hydration (keeps skin uniformly hydrated). As a result of plump and hydrated skin, the skin will also appear to have a smoother texture. Make-up application is eaiser and gives a flawless look we are all looking for. Fore best results, apply a hydrator to damp skin.

Products available at Dermatology Affiliates with Hyaluronic acid:

SkinMedica HA5, TNS Essential Serum, Dermal Repair Cream

Revision Hydrating Serum, DEJ Eye cream

DA Smart Triple Antioxidant Serum, Smart Moisturich Cream

EltaMD Daily SPF, Clear SPF

Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream

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