Here is a little beauty chemistry lesson for you!

You’ve probably heard of Hyaluronic Acid before. It’s one of those ingredients that gets a lot of buzz. And you’re probably like, huh?

It’s okay, I was confused/scared at first too (ah, acid!) but here is everything you need to know about it (and why it’s good for your skin!):

Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our skin and helps to keep skin hydrated, plump and smooth. As we get older, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases (which means wrinkles). Okay, here is where I get really science-y on you: hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water, which means it keeps your skin really crazy hydrated. There are two ways to go about restoring that HA glow to your skin: fillers (injected by your doctor) or using moisturizers and serums with the magic ingredient. Using products with HA will help to keep your skin hydrated, smooth and will improve elasticity– ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

If you are scanning the back of your serum now, it’s likely listed as “sodium hyaluronate” (the salt form of HA) in the ingredient list.

Some products with HA to try? Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum, Estée Lauder’s Advance Night Repair Recovery Complex and Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex.