“Hya-what, you ask? While the words “hyaluronic acid” may not roll off the tongue, it’s an ingredient you should get to know if you’re looking for that ever-elusive glowy skin. Hyaluronic acid (or HA, as the beauty pros like to call it) is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin, and it’s a not-so-secret skin care weapon that can keep skin looking plump and feeling quenched.
Not to be confused with exfoliating acids like salicylic or glycolic, hyaluronic acid works to cushion and lubricate our joints, nerves, skin, hair and eyes, says Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a Toronto dermatologist and medical director of Toronto Dermatology Centre. “About 50 percent of the body’s hyaluronic acid supply is found in our skin, where it helps to keep the skin soft and supple,” he says.
But (spoiler alert) that’s not always the case.” Click here to find out.