Think back on the skin of your youth. Vague memories may conjure images of acne, of course, and maybe a few other annoyances like blackheads and oiliness. But moisture? Moisture was likely never a concern. Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist at MFC Dermatology in Beverly Hills and the founder of DNA Renewal skincare, can describe why that is.
"Young people have naturally higher levels of hyaluronic acid," he says. Therefore, their skin is plump, has a good complexion, and a healthy appearance. As we age, however, our hyaluronic acid levels naturally decrease."
Hyaluronic acid helps cells in our skin's makeup retain and regulate moisture, making it a defining reason behind plump, smooth, soft, and youthful-looking skin. Therefore, this gradual shift in hyaluronic acid levels, partnered with various environmental stressors like sun exposure and free radicals, can result in fine lines, wrinkles, and the other major skin concerns of adulthood.
Moy knows that you've likely heard of hyaluronic acid as a vital ingredient to topical skincare products, but he also thinks that supplements can help with moisturizing complexions from the inside out. "Regular hyaluronic acid supplements can improve skin dryness, reduce saggy skin, and improve overall appearance," he says.
Moy recommends taking these supplements once a day, especially for those who have noticeably dry skin, while continuing your normal routine. Here are five supplements to try and five hyaluronic serums to accompany them, too.