Some things just really are miracles in skincare. I have relatively dry skin, and it's seemed like no matter how much moisturizer/cream/body butter/oil/what have you that I put on, my hands would always be dry-almost-cracked. Not to mention my face, which always had dry spots - especially when in Sweden, where it takes a day for my skin to go from semi-hydrated to desert dry - until recently. Meet hyaluronic acid.
I know I must sound like some kind of religious convert, and maybe this find is of the same magnitude - I wouldn't know. All I know is that my skin is happy: hydrated, soft, and supple. And I want to attribute this to me starting to use hyaluronic acid in my skincare regime. As an ingredient, it's extremely potent. I use it as a gel, that I mix with aloe vera gel, D-panthenol (will write another post about this one), allantoin, flower hydrolates, and more. The end product is a liquid-y gel that clears from your skin in seconds, leaving you feel just plain FRESH.
So what is this miracle ingredient? Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which has the ability to bind water (up to 1000 times it's own weight) to the deeper layers of your skin. See, there are two different types of dry skin: skin that is lacking oil, and skin that is lacking water. Mine was clearly dehydrated, despite my best efforts at drinking lots of water.
When your skin is saturated with the hydration it needs, it also looks smoother and more youthful. As is that wasn't enough, it's also been found that enhanced levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin can boost collagen production. BOOM!