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You’re probably familiar with the benefits of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and salicylic acid for your skin. Now, what if we told you that the benefits of these ingredients extend beyond your face?

There’s been a recent rise of popular skincare ingredients used in hair care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Some are aptly calling this wave the “skinification of hair.” To find out if there are true benefits of adding these ingredients into your hair care routine, we tapped dermatologists and cosmetic chemists. Keep reading for a breakdown of the ingredients traditionally used in skincare that are now popping up in hair care and learn about their uses and benefits.

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The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Hair

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that functions to retain moisture, explains Snehal Amin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology. When used topically on the skin, it hydrates and makes the skin look plump.

When used in hair products, hyaluronic acid serves a similar function. “Hyaluronic acid is a power humectant, aka water magnet, that can help keep the scalp hydrated,” says Alexis Stephens, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Parkland Dermatology and cosmetic chemist. She explains that hyaluronic acid can help reduce any scalp irritation, dehydration, or dryness, which can cause frizzy and dull-looking hair.

On top of the scalp benefits, Dr. Amin says hyaluronic acid can help increase the volume of the hair near the scalp and make the hair shaft plumper and appear thicker. “Since hyaluronic acid is unlikely to cause any adverse reactions, there’s no reason not to try it,” he says. “It’s a moisturizer for your hair and scalp.”

Dr. Stephens recommends trying The INKEY List Hyaluronic Hydrating Hair Treatment ($10, as it’s affordable and combats frizzy, dry hair.

The Benefits of Ceramides for Hair

Other popular ingredients for both skin and hair are ceramides. “Ceramides are waxy lipids that in skincare, work as an occlusive to seal moisture into the skin,” explains Krupa Koestline, a clean cosmetic chemist and founder of KKT Consultants. As far as hair goes, it seals the hair shaft, locks in moisture, and protects them from external damage, like heat or styling damage. “There are also studies showing that ceramides in scalp care can help induce hair growth,” says Koestline.

Try the Cuvée Beauty Première Treatment Masque ($40, made with a mix of ceramides, truffle extracts, pea proteins, and champagne extract to smooth and soften the hair.

The Benefits of Vitamin C for Hair

You might know that vitamin C is a stellar brightening skincare ingredient that helps to fade dark spots and make your skin look radiant. For hair, the benefits mainly revolve around this antioxidant’s ability to protect against environmental factors. “Antioxidants help protect the scalp from ultraviolet and …….


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