Hyaluronic Acid is a water-loving sugar molecule that is naturally found in skin. A humectant — meaning that it helps preserve or retain moisture — Hyaluronic Acid is a trusted skincare ingredient in hydrating formulas. In fact, one molecule of Hyaluronic Acid can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
What does Hyaluronic Acid do?
As a humectant, Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture into the skin and helps maintain moisture levels to visibly smooth and plump skin. Boosting skin’s moisture retention also helps strengthen skin which helps improve resilience and suppleness and plump dry fine lines.
Is Sodium Hyaluronate the same as Hyaluronic Acid?
Sodium Hyaluronate is actually a form of Hyaluronic Acid. Like Hyaluronic Acid, it works as a moisturizing agent within skincare formulas to help replenish, hydrate and visibly refine skin’s texture. Kiehl’s also formulates some products with Sodium Hyaluronate Filling Spheres which contain dehydrated Hyaluronic Acid fragments. These fragments rehydrate within the formula while absorbing water within the skin’s surface to help visibly plump and smooth.
What is fragmented Hyaluronic Acid?
Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid is a form of Hyaluronic Acid that is in tiny pieces that are more easily able to penetrate the surface layers of skin. Within our formulas, this form of Hyaluronic Acid helps visibly smooth and plump while helping to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
What is 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid?
Our smallest form of Hyaluronic Acid, 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid is micronized to penetrate deeper than standard Hyaluronic Acid. Within our formula, it delivers strengthening hydration to the most vulnerable layers of skin. 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid is also acetylated, meaning that it is uniquely modified to increase its stability in skin.
How do you care for acne-prone skin?
Acne-prone skin benefits from specialized formulas to help clear blemishes and prevent future ones from forming that are made specifically for those with acne-prone skin. Acne skincare products need to provide essential functions like cleansing and moisturizing without clogging pores or causing breakouts. To care for acne-prone skin, cleanse daily with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Exfoliating skin with a facial scrub or other exfoliant is also an essential step to help prevent clogged pores which can cause acne. If you have persistent acne, look for formulas, like a toner for acne-prone skin, that can help reduce excess oil and are non-comedogenic—meaning that they won’t clog pores. Even though your skin may have excess oil, using a moisturizer is essential to maintain skin’s hydration levels and a daily sunscreen is a must to help defend skin from sun damage. Discover your ultimate skincare routine for acne-prone skin.