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The Top 26 Things You Should Know About Hyaluronic Acid

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What is the world is Hyaluronic Acid?

Though the word “acid” may sound scary in reference to something you put on your face, don’t worry, it doesn’t burn. Quite the opposite, in fact, it packs a ton of skin-boosting benefits including mega moisture!

It’s become an increasingly popular ingredient in serums and moisturizers for its super power hydrating and anti-aging abilities.

There’s even scientific research backing hyaluronic acid’s effectiveness.

Today, I’m delighted to bring you the top 26 things you need to know about hyaluronic acid so you can learn about what it is, what it does, and what it can do for you!

Busy Mom and Celebrity Esthetician Alana Mitchell is all about healthy, moisturized, and wrinkle free skin. And her New Hyaluronic Boost Serum aims to deliver just that! No artificial fragrances, No Parabens, No petrolium, and No Silicones!

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

1. Hyaluronic acid (HA), or hyaluronan, is a carbohydrate molecule that is naturally occurring in our bodies. That’s right, it’s already in your skin!

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2. HA provides lubrication to the connective tissues of our joints and skin and is an important part of our skin’s overall health.

3. HA is present in many areas of your body including your eyes, internal fluids and connective tissue, but much of it is in your skin, which accounts for 50% of your body’s total HA level.

4. Even though it occurs naturally in our bodies, HA is a super popular skincare ingredient. Don’t worry, the type that’s in skincare isn’t taken from people, it’s replicated in a lab.

What Can Hyaluronic Acid Do for Your Skin?

It’s Science

5. That study that I mentioned up top? It found some pretty amazing results. After observing women who used hyaluronic acid for just 8 weeks, researchers found dramatic improvements in the participants’ skin.

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Now let’s find out what hyaluronic acid can do for you too!

Provides Incredible Moisture

6. Hyaluronic acid’s main power move, and the reason it’s gained so much attention in skincare, is its amazing ability to deliver lasting moisture to skin.

7. HA is a humectant, which means it grabs moisture and holds it so skin can absorb it.

8. The hyaluronic acid molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!

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9. The HA molecule is too large to penetrate the top layer of skin. So, it sets up shop on your skin’s surface and gets to work grabbing and holding moisture so your skin can absorb it and stay healthy and hydrated.

Anti-Aging Benefits

10. As we age, our skin doesn’t maintain moisture as well as it used to. Babies are born with lots of hyaluronic acid in their skin, which is why it’s so soft!

When our skin loses its suppleness, it starts to sag and fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent (thanks, gravity!)

11. Diminishes Wrinkles – Hyaluronic acid plumps up skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Picture the smoothness of a juicy grape compared to a raisin. (Not to say that your face looks like a raisin, of course!)

12. Firms and Tones – When your skin is supple and hydrated, it plumps up to appear firmer, less saggy, and more toned.

HA restores skin’s moisture to temporarily turn back the clock and give your skin some oomph and youthful rejuvenation!

Boosts Skin’s Health and Protection

13. Improves Protective Barrier – When your skin is dry, its surface is more vulnerable to damage and even infection getting through.

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By providing your skin’s outer layers with rich moisture, HA actually strengthens your skin’s protective barrier to give you stronger, healthier skin. It’s like repairing your skin’s armor!

14. Supports Healing – Likewise, HA supports your skin’s healing and repairing ability by giving skin soothing moisture and anti-inflammatory properties.

Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group even recommends hyaluronic acid for people with dry or eczema-prone skin, or to help skin recover post-procedure (following a chemical peel, laser treatment or resurfacing).

15. Antioxidant Defense – HA even gives your skin antioxidant defense to fight UV damage. This is important since free radicals can break down collagen and elastin to age our skin and make wrinkles and sagging more apparent.

With all this moisturizing, anti-aging and health-boosting power, HA is like the ultimate multitasker of skincare! Now let’s see how you can incorporate it into your routine.

How Do I Use Hyaluronic Acid in My Skincare?

16. Hyaluronic acid is included as an ingredient in everything from makeup to serums to moisturizers. There’s so many great ways to use it!

17. Pro tip: To get the most bang for your buck, look for a formula that contains at least 1% hyaluronic acid. If it only includes something like 0.5%, you may not get the best efficacy.

Read on to make sure you’re layering your skincare items correctly to get the best hydrating and anti-aging results!

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18. If you want to get the most out of your HA usage, I would recommend a hyaluronic acid serum especially if you have dry skin.

Serums typically have a thinner consistency and a more potent concentration of ingredients to deliver great results.

19. When using a serum, wait at least 15 min. After applying for serum to completely absorb into skin before moving to the next step in your routine

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20. Another great way to get the benefits of hyaluronic acid is to use a moisturizer that includes HA to pack a hydration punch.

You can even double up by using both a serum and lotion that feature HA!

Hyaluronic acid is super easy to add to your skincare routine! Check your products’ ingredient lists. You may be surprised to find you’re already using it somewhere in your skincare!

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects to Using Hyaluronic Acid?

21. Because HA is naturally occurring in our bodies, it poses a pretty low risk for allergic reaction or irritation.

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22. Ironically, some users have reported that it dries out their skin, but this is rare. If you experience this, check to make sure you’re following the use instructions of your hyaluronic acid formula, or consult a dermatologist.

23. As with any new skincare product, I always recommend doing a patch test to see how your skin will react.

Apply a small amount of the product to the inside of your wrist or behind your ear. Wait 24-48 hours to make sure there’s no reaction before slathering that business over larger areas.

Better safe than sorry!

Is hyaluronic acid really worth using?

24. Heck yes! Because it offers such lightweight hydration, HA is great for all skin types, including those with oilyor sensitive skin.

25. Plus, we’re all aging. Even if you’re not concerned about wrinkles (you lucky duck, you), you can still benefit from HA’s ability to hydrate and protect skin.

26. And, hyaluronic acid is wonderful for restoring skin’s hydration year round. As we head into fall and winter months, cold, dry air, and heaters zap our skin’s moisture. In summer, heat and sun exposure totally dry us out.

Make sure you’re always replenishing skin’s hydration by using moisturizing skincare and drinking plenty of water!

You deserve to enjoy all the hydrating, skin-boosting benefits of hyaluronic acid.

Beware of Amazon, Seriously!. There are many “cheapo” Hyaluronic serums and moisturizers on Amazon, all with deceptively good reviews and bad (oftentimes false) ingredients. Did you know most of these products are made by internet marketers, and not experienced, licensed estheticians? Continue reading and I will show you how to tell the difference.

Busy Mom and Celebrity Esthetician Alana Mitchell is all about healthy, moisturized, and wrinkle free skin. And her New Hyaluronic Boost Serum aims to deliver just that! No artificial fragrances, No Parabens, No petrolium, and No Silicones!

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With Hyaluronic Acid's surging in popularity in the skin care world, it is only natural that you may have wondered this is powerhouse ingredient might be right for you.

Hyaluronic Acid is easily one of my favorite skincare ingredients. It is gentle, yet effective, and a fabulous multi-tasker,” says Alana Mitchell, “When I first started creating my skin care line, I knew I have to include some serioualy amazing Hyaluronic Acid, and my Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer and Daily Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum are the perfect way to kick-off that goal!”

Designed for those with dry, combo, and sensitive skin, Alana’s Daily Hyaluronic Serum has been used and loved by those with all different skin types! “Skincare is really personal,” says Alana. “Hyaluronic is just about one of the most versatile ingredients out there, because it works for so many different skin types and conditions. It can even be used by those with sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.

The most important thing is finding a trusted brand and a product that works for your unique skin. Do your research, especially when purchasing from Amazon, always check the ingredients list and make sure the company. If they do not appear to have much of a company presence away from amazon (no day spas that actually use their products, not much company history or about us info) run away!

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A seasoned veteran in the skin care industry, Alana’s online store, skincarebyalana.com, was voted as the spot to shop for “Good-For- You Skin Care” in InStyle’s Best of the Web 2010 awards. She has also enjoyed a handful of celebrity clientele, including the beautiful Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Brandi Glanville. “I buy all of my Epicuren products from skincarebyalana.com!” Glanville says, “I love everything about Alana’s company, from the expert customer service, to the free shipping, to the fast delivery. SkinCare by Alana is truly amazing!”

Alana currently offers three namesake products. Her Foaming Pumpkin Cleanser is the only foaming pumpkin cleanser on the market, made without any artificial ingredients or parabens. Her Moisture Boost Serum is the perfect option for dry, combo, and even sensitive skin types, delivering a hydrating yet lightweight boost of moisture to the skin. And her Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer uses a unique, shelf stable Vitamin C (at 20% concentration) to hydrate and boost skin health on dry, combo, and sensitive skin.

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No stranger to being mistaken as younger than her actual age, Alana is a living, walking spokeswoman for how beautiful healthy skin can be. Her daily makeup consists of her favorite tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a lip gloss, which really allows her natural beauty to shine through. Focusing on maintaining healthy skin, rather than covering up with various makeup products, is her formula to confidence, and beautiful skin as you age.

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“One of the biggest mistakes women make is thinking they can ‘cover it up now, and take care of it later’.” Alana says. “While covering up a problem may look good today, the only way to truly beautify your skin and boost skin health is to take the steps to care for it. I like to think of my skin care routine as an investment. An added bonus? It often doubles as ‘me time’.”

After growing up in the skin care industry (seriously, her daycare was a day spa), Alana went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, followed by an Esthetician License.

“Skin care has always been a huge part of my life! I grew up in a day spa, and I absolutely loved it. So it seemed only natural to open up my own.” Says Alana.

A business owner, mommy to two, and skin care expert, Alana is also a devoted wife to husband and business partner, Jared Mitchell.

“I started my business on a laptop, in a 70 square foot room. To watch it grow so tremendously, and to now have my own line of products that I love and am proud of, is a dream come true,” She says. “My line is all about ingredient transparency and results, and I cannot wait to come out with more! I am so grateful for my beautiful clients, who have supported me in my journey and continue to inspire me.”

To read more about what inspires me, click here to view my blog

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