This Hydrating Ingredient is 5X More Moisturizing than Hyaluronic Acid

Once I was finally able to defeat my acne, I thought all of my skin's problems were behind me.  But, the older I got, the drier my skin became.  Dry skin sucks because that's when the signs of aging start to appear.  Suddenly, I can see tiny little cracks and lines appearing on the surface.  Not to mention flaky skin which is the absolute worst.

After deciding that I've had enough, I sought to find the highest moisturizing products on the market.  My search lead me to hyaluronic acid (HA).  Specifically, I fell in love with Hada Labo's range of hyaluronic acid products.  These HA focused moisturizers are sensational.  In fact, I recently added to my collection with an HA product that literally feels like a sheet mask in a bottle.  I'll dedicate an entire article to this product because it's that amazing!  But, for now, I want to let you in on another find that I stumbled upon less than 24 hours ago.

The reason why this product is so interesting to me is that the hero ingredient was found to be 5X more powerful than our beloved hyaluronic acid.
Ladies, I'd like to introduce you to the new super-moisturizing ingredient that's ready to change the game.

Meet, polyglutamic acid.

What makes polyglutamic acid (PGA) so special?  Let me explain it this way....hyaluronic acid has the potential to hold 1000X its weight in water but PGA will hold 5X as much water as HA.  That's absolutely insane!  If you recall an article I wrote about water retention on the skin, you might remember how the biggest issue we deal with is moisture loss.  We moisturize in the morning before leaving for work and, from that point on, moisture levels start dropping with each passing hour.

Hyaluronic acid is a great ally in the war against dry skin but we may now have a more powerful weapon available to us.  Not only can PGA help the skin to hold more water, it has the ability create a seal on the surface of the skin to help protect from dry air.  Polyglutamic acid acts both as a humectant to draw moisture in....then keeps it there. This is exactly what my skin has been longing for.

This doesn't mean that our fave hyaluronic acid products are now irrelevant.  On the contrary... these ingredients aren't enemies, they are actually the best of friends.  When paired together, they can create the ultimate formula for moisturized skin.

One reason why they work well together is because one focuses on hydrating deeper layers of the skin (HA) why the other helps keep the surface of the skin nice and supple. PGA also works to inhibit an enzyme that breakouts down naturally occurring HA in the skin.  I love products that work synergistically to produce superior results!

Now that I have a nice collection of HA-rich products, it's time to add PGA into the mix.  Thankfully, there are a few options on the market that feature PGA.  The Ink Key offers a pretty affordable serum with great reviews.  Kate Somerville's Wrinkle Warrior is on the higher end and has a really impressive ingredient list.  I even found pure polyglutamic acid powder on Ebay.  Imagine adding a tiny pinch of the potent moisturizer to your current favorite creams.  I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.



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