I have really really dry skin. Even when I breakout, my skin is still parched. I slather on heavy creams and oils--anything to make my skin a little more supple and a little less like an evil desert wasteland controlled by a moisture-hating sorcerer. (Can you tell I am a little dramatic about my skin?) Celene, on the other hand, has the opposite problem: rich, heavy creams don't agree with her, causing little bumps that drive her loco. So when we discovered that there was an ingredient that we both could agree on loving, we had to share.
Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in your skin. It helps attract moisture from the air into the skin, preventing dehydration and adding a little plump action. I love it because it makes the effects of my moisturizer last longer. Celene loves it because it usually comes in a lightweight gel that doesn't mess with her pores, like this product from Dermalogica, or this one from Epicuren. Despite having "acid" in the name, which would ordinarily have me running for the hills, it's quite gentle and won't make your skin red or angry. I apply a thin layer after my rich moisturizer; Celene uses hers alone or with a lightweight lotion on days she's feeling dry.