Wrinkles, dehydration, and sagging--residual effects of aging that most women try to avoid; with a plethora of cosmetic products and prescriptions, our choices are countless. Incorporating natural chemicals produced by our own bodies to our hair and skin regimen could be just the extra kick we need.

Dermatologists have long recommended products with hyaluronic acid, also known as HA, to patients due to its moisturizing benefits. It is the lubricating agent for our skin, hair, eyes, and joints. Also, note that by the time we reach our 40s, our bodies produce half the amount of hyaluronic acid that is required to maintain the plumpness and fullness of our skin and hair.

Collagen and HA are the main components that keep our skin healthy and glowing.

Collagen keeps skin firm, while HA keeps it nourished and hydrated. This incredible duo is what aids in slowing down the aging process. Regardless of your skin type, HA is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and amazingly lightweight for acne-prone skin. Hyaluronic acid included in a skincare routine creates a natural barrier that time and radical damage has caused, and will prevent further loss of moisture thus allow you to age gracefully.

It can help you hair, too.

Besides firmer skin, HA will prevent a dry scalp and hair from thinning and eventually falling out. It is recommended for children who suffer from progeria, which causes premature aging, and hair loss, therefore dermatologists believe that it can assist in cosmetic purposes as well.

According to dermatologist Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, hyaluronic acid is similar to a fertilizer because it can increase hair growth and the strand diameter--thicker hair.

According to dermatologist Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, hyaluronic acid is similar to a fertilizer because it can increase hair growth and the strand diameter--thicker hair. It is not only found in topical beauty products, but it can be taken orally as supplements. Some women choose to get it injected in depressed areas. Note that the injections are not permanent and will require more regular maintenance. Dermatologists have not determined whether taking HA orally or applying it topically works better, but adding both methods in our daily routines could create a desirable effect on our skin, hair, and bodies.

Where to find hyaluronic acid

Supplements

You can find supplements on Amazon or VitaminShoppe which offers Hydraplenish Hyaluronic Acid that will not break the bank.

Injectable fillers

If you are in the market for injectable fillers that will achieve the coveted plump look rapidly, do your research into brands like Restylane and Juvederm.

Topical products

If you prefer to avoid needles, consider topical products instead. Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000™ 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex has the highest concentration of HA, therefore getting the quickest results, although it is far from the most affordable option. For a product at a more accessible price point, Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer is over-the-counter and available at any major drugstore.

Hair products

If you’re looking for a product to add moisture to your scalp and hair, try John Masters Organic Bare Shampoo. It is inexpensive and active ingredients include both HA and jojoba oil.

For an even better deal, L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Moisture Shampoo contains the magic ingredient and will leave your hair feeling hydrated and weightless.

If you’re looking for a quick hair plumper, Davines Replumping Hair Filler Superactive spray will liven up those thinning and limp hair strands to give your curls a more voluminous appearance.