They're like a drink for parched skin.
Currently riding a wave of popularity, hyaluronic acid (also known as HA) is one of the gold standard ingredients for hydrating dry skin. "A sugar molecule that naturally occurs in the body, hyaluronic acid is used in skincare products for its moisturizing benefits," explains Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D. Often listed as sodium hyaluronate on product ingredients lists, its effects can be both immediate and long-term."The ingredient conditions skin and works as a humectant that draws moisture into skin," says GH Beauty Lab senior chemist Sabina Wizemann. "It helps combat dryness and dullness, and restores suppleness."
Hyaluronic acid can also have anti-aging effects, thanks to its skin-plumping properties. “It acts like a sponge that absorbs water, adding volume to skin,” says says Mona Gohara, M.D., a dermatologist at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. Serums, which are lighter-weight in texture than moisturizers like lotions or creams, deliver the hydrating benefits of hyaluronic acid without heaviness and can be layered underneath other leave-on skincare products morning, evening, or both.
Depending on the specific product formulation itself, hyaluronic acid can work on all skin types, from oily skin to dry and sensitive skin, and can help reduce side effects such as irritation from ingredients like vitamin C and retinol. Give skin its first defense against dryness with the best hyaluronic acid serums, including Good Housekeeping Beauty Lab scientist top-tested and dermatologist-recommended formulas, Good Housekeeping Seal stars, editor's picks, and best-sellers.
Cristina: While a lot will criticize this as a "socialist" type thing, keep in mind that this is an unprecedented time where a very massive amount of the country's population is unable to work due to the corona virus and social distancing being required all over. Even a week without work can cripple a lot of people... and some people are looking at multiple weeks without being unable to work now. For me, it's been announced my place of work will be closed for three weeks. I have other means of income but I can only imagine what other people are going through. I hate hardline socialism in general but this is definitely more in line with just helping people get through an extraordinarily rough time. The 1000$ may seem like change for some people- but for those who live paycheck to paycheck it can be a true life saver right now.