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When Hyaluronic Acid Met Sunscreen: Why We Heart Anti-Aging, Skin-Beautifying SPF

When Hyaluronic Acid Met Sunscreen: Why We Heart Anti-Aging, Skin-Beautifying SPF

The "G" word: I don't trot it out willy nilly.

But when I opened a happy little Fed-Ex box last week + discovered a Glytone sunscreen packed with hyaluronic acid, I was "Genius"-ing all over the place. 

It just made purrrrrrfect sense. Why not plump + hydrate the skin to the max while also shielding it from the rays that can turn us into shriveled, age-spotted old prunes? That, my friend, is what we call a win-win. (Not the prune bit; the plumping, hydrating + shielding part.)

Hyaluronic acid confuses women, and understandably so. Since its name contains the word "acid," they automatically envision peeling, redness + several nights spent hiding-out at home, snuggled under a blankie + bingeing Netflix until they're presentable again. 

That is so, so, soooo wrong. Hyaluronic acid is actually wildly soothing. 

So WTH is hyaluronic acid, you ask?

Here are a few fun factoids you can trot out at the next cocktail party, should you reach a conversational lull: 

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT

(AND SKIN BENNIES OF)

HYALURONIC ACID

1. It's a glycosaminoglycan. Whew. That's a mouthful. The real need-to-knows are that it occurs naturally in the body and is a chief component of connective tissue. (Obvi any version of hyaluronic acid used in suncare or skincare is synthetic, not extracted from actual live human beings.) 

2. It's a 'moisture magnet.' It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. 

3. It's great for all skin types. Even if you tend to be oily, this high-powered hydrator will moisturize sans shine.

4. It's an antioxidant. Hate to break it to you, but your poor skin is under constant assault. In a big city like New York, that incessant 'free radical' pummeling is coming from stress and pollution. Down here in the Sunshine State, it's mostly generated by - you guessed it - sun. So what we 'lack' in stress + pollution, we get back in UV damage. Yay!

5. It's soothing + smoothing. Red, raw + blotchy? Calm down with a dab of hyaluronic acid. And if you're in the market for extra softness (who isn't?), this multi-tasking miracle ingredient can also deliver that.

5 HIGH-QUALITY

HYALURONIC ACID

SUNSCREENS

TO CHECK OUT 

I really love the Glytone, so that's on this list along with a handful of others. 

FYI, these hyaluronic acid-spiked numbers can be a little pricier than regular sunscreens, so maybe reserve them for your gorgeous mug and use less-spendy stuff on your bod? Just a handy suggestion...

Glytone Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Mario Badescu 'The Moisture Magnet' SPF 15

Dermalogica UltraCalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30

Ojas Sun Essential SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Face + Neck

Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+ (Note: This one contains sodium hyaluronate, the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid - a close-cousin ingredient with similar water-binding, skin-plumping bennies. Bonus: It's oh-so-slightly tinted, so it covers the sins of your sunning past.)

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