Hyaluronic Acid
Sodium Hyaluronate, better known as Hyaluronic Acid, is a compound that is normally produced and located in your synovial fluids, which lubricate the tissues that bind your joints and ligaments together, as well as filling the vitriol of your eyes. Hyaluronic Acid has also been successfully synthesized in laboratories for research and for manufacturing purposes.

This compound is a naturally occurring hydrophile, while means that it attracts and binds water molecules to it, helping you keep water in your skin and usable by your cells instead of losing it. By keeping water bound inside your skin, Hyaluronic Acid can ensure that the moving parts of your body, like your muscles and joints, are properly lubricated and maintained.

Because Hyaluronic Acid is highly effective at absorbing water and moisture, it is typically thought to be soothing and safe for topical products. There is a risk involved when applying this compound to your skin if you live in an arid region, however: due to its absorptive properties, Hyaluronic Acid can take too much water out of your skin when used in arid climates, making your skin dry, brittle, and vulnerable to peeling, creasing, and, in the long run, wrinkling. If you live in a climate like this and are considering using a product that contains Hyaluronic Acid, be sure that it also includes moisturizing ingredients (such as water or Aloe Vera) to ensure that Hyaluronic Acid has a proper balance to produce the desired effects.

To find out which products contain this ingredient, check out our anti-wrinkle product reviews chart.