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What is Hyaluronic Acid and What are its Benefits for My Skin?

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What exactly IS hyaluronic acid? And why is it in so many skin care products? These are common questions and for good reason. I, for one, think that the name "hyaluronic acid" sounds like something I wouldn't want to put on my skin. But in reality - you need to think of it as a super-hero of anti-aging ingredients. Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is actually a carbohydrate that is in the form of a thick fluid, that is found naturally in our bodies. It is found in highest concentrations in our joints and it helps keep joints moving smoothly, but it's also in skin cells. And sadly, as with so many other things, its presence in skin cells starts to decline as we age. It actually starts to decline as early as in our late teens/early 20s but we don't see the impact until our late 30s or early 40s when the wrinkles and fine lines start appearing in force.

So why is it so effective in skin care? Hyaluronic acid has the unique ability to trap and hold moisture at a rate of up to 1,000 times its own weight. So in effect, it is not only allowing your skin to stay hydrated, but it's also essentially "plumping" your skin - so wrinkles and fine lines almost seem to disappear. 

Now, don't panic - hyaluronic acid that is used in skin care is obviously not sourced from your joints! Instead, scientists have discovered a way to create hyaluronic acid from natural sources like soybeans and corn. 

So when you are looking at skin care products - be sure to seek out ones with hyaluronic acid. Our skin needs as much help as it can get in the constant battle against the signs of aging - and hyaluronic acid is one of our best options. And that's why you'll find it in nearly all of Garden Girl's face creams and serums.

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