Your skin is the largest organ in your body and like all other organs is made up of cells. Skin cells like also made up of water, especially the skin cells in the dermal layer of your skin of your face. Those cells without water do not function well.
The dermal layer of your skin contains a key molecule involved in skin moisture, hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid, a glycosaminonoglycan, has a unique ability to bind and retain water molecules which helps the skin stay moist and healthy. It is a premier hydrating ingredient for all skin types. Hyaluronic acid has the ability replenish moisture in the skin, an exceptionally important factor when it comes to aging skin. As a natural humectant, it not only attracts moisture to the stratum corneum, or the outer layer of the epidermis but also delivers hydration and nutrients to the deeper layers of the skin.
More than half, about 65%, of your skin is comprised of water. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by promoting constant cell renewal. As we age, our skin loses its ability to maintain firmness, elasticity, and plumpness. By enhancing moisture content on the inner layers, it improves the look and feel of the outer layers so that they are softer, smoother and radiant. If your skin is not getting the correct amount of water, the lack of hydration will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky and will exhibit signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is important and hydrating the skin because it is so effective at replenishing moisture levels in dehydrated skin. One of the qualities of young skin is its ability to hold water and to balance the amount of moisture in the skin. Unfortunately, the body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid decreases with age and lack of it is associated with aging. It is the main molecule involved in skin moisture.
Obviously, hydration alone does not constitute aging skin but it is one of many factors that is associated with aging skin and therefore must be addressed as part of a well-developed skin care routine.