Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide (complex sugar) that is produced by the body naturally. It is present in every tissue of the body, with the highest concentrations occurring in tissues such as skin, cartilage and eyes.
It provides protection to cell structures – it is the natural gel between skin cells and serves as a water reservoir for cells.
As we age, skin loses hyaluronic acid and along with it, the ability to retain water. Topically applied, hyaluronic acid is used to raise the skin’s moisture level thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is also a good lubricant and makes skin resemble youthful and healthy skin: suppleness, elasticity and tone.
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