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Aging: Increase Hydration

How to Treat

Topical products designed to increase hydration must contain a combination of humectants to draw moisture to the epidermis and occlusive agents to retain moisture within the skin. Over-use of AHAs with a small molecular size (e.g. glycolic acid) should be avoided in the treatment of aging skin, as they penetrate too quickly and cause undue redness and inflammation. A better choice is to utilize hydrating AHAs, such as lactic and citric acids, that support the needs of aging skin more effectively. Astringent products containing a high concentration of alcohol should also be avoided to prevent unnecessary dehydration.