Feeling tightness in your skin and experiencing an increase in the appearance of wrinkles such as crow’s feet or laugh lines? Hyaluronic acid might just be the ingredient which can help you to see a visible improvement to your skin concerns!
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. HA can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin and joints, but also prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air, preventing transepidermal water loss. As we age, however, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid slowly deplete, leading to dullness, loss of elasticity, and deepening wrinkles.
HA is a Powerful Humectant
Hyaluronic Acid functions as a humectant and holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin to keep it nice and hydrated. Best of all, it works for every skin type — especially in serum form, where it can be more easily absorbed and work its skin-plumping magic at a deeper level.
Hyaluronic acid plays well with most other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, and other acids. The only exception would be acids with low pH levels, like glycolic acid, because it may degrade the HA and make it ineffective.
Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet
According to the experts, the hero ingredient actually needs to be applied to damp skin in order to work. In fact, applying it to a dry face can have the opposite effect of what is intended, and would in fact leave skin more dehydrated.
The molecule needs water to plump, but without any moisture on the surface of your skin or from the air, it will pull the water from deep inside your skin. Try applying the serum on damp skin, then quickly topping it with a cream. HAs are also best used under a more occlusive moisturizer to trap in the water-binding effects of the acid.
Best-Selling Serums with Hyaluronic Acid
Fast absorbing, lightweight and effective. What's not to love about BFFECT Hyaluronic Acid 2% + Na-PCA 1%!
Formulated with Peptides, which are amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin. More specifically, collagen is made of three polypeptide chains, so adding peptides can stimulate your skin to produce collagen, leading to firmer, younger-looking skin.
Here's how to apply a HA serum to get the best results!
Step 1: Double cleanse with a micellar water and your favourite cleanser.
Step 2: Apply a toner or facial mist and DO NOT PAT DRY. If you prefer not to use a toner, spritz your face with some water.
Step 3: Gently apply your HA serum onto your DAMP face.
Step 4: Apply your moisturizer to help seal in the moisture, but also to provide moisture for the HA to absorb.
Hyaluronic Acid can be found in a plethora of skin care products, and we have picked out several products which have Hyaluronic Acid as its key ingredient!
Pamper yourself after a long day! Throw on a sheet mask for added hydration!
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Deep Moisture Water Mask Sheet Pack of 10
Despite its lighter formulation, the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream is no slouch when it comes to moisturization. The 5 different types of Hyaluronic Acid, Saualane and Allantoin, the actives penetrate the many layers of the skin leaving it plump and healthy.
A good, hydrating sunscreen as the last step of your AM skincare routine is sure to keep your skin hydrated and plump throughout the rest of the day!
Hyaluronic acid is generally safe for all skin types and doesn’t typically lead to any adverse reactions when applied topically. The fact that it’s naturally-occurring in your skin means it’s highly compatible with it, which has made it a massively popular ingredient in skincare products especially for dry and mature skin.