We’re betting you’re already familiar with hyaluronic acid (HA), but just in case it’s new to you, here’s what you need to know: One of the best-known and most effective hydrators—it holds 1,000 times it’s own weight in water! While HA is present in the human body and is essential for maintaining moisture in skin tissue, as we age, we produce less, which can result in dryness, loss of elasticity, and wrinkles. (Remember, what your skin needs varies by decade. Don’t miss the skincare rules for every stage of your life.) Which is why so many brands have started harnessing the youth-boosting power of hyaluronic acid in facial formulas ranging from serums and lotions to face masks, like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask, Edible Beauty Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask, and patchology FlashMasque Facial Sheets – Hydrate.
This marine miracle is loaded with omegas, free radical-fighting antioxidants, and detoxifying minerals. Not only is it extremely hydrating, but it also nourishes, combats inflammation, and purifies. (These detoxifying ingredients are like a juice cleanse for your face.) But don’t just go slathering on any old sea kelp. While there are more than 20,000 species of algae, brown, blue, and red algae are most common in skincare, according Graceanne Svendsen, esthetician and facialist at Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center. Try: Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask or Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask.