Why Hyaluronic Acid is Worth the Hype
Because of its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most sought-after skin care ingredients on the market. It’s the key to instantly plumping fine lines and providing hydration, which is why it can be found in everything from serums and sheet masks to lip gloss. If you're looking to maintain your moisture barrier and ramp up hydration levels, you may want to consider incorporating products with this ingredient into your daily skin-care routine.
Why Use a Hyaluronic Acid Serum or Moisturizer
Hyaluronic Acid has incredible water binding capabilities - one gram of this molecule can hold up to 6 liters of water. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates by drawing moisture from the humidity in the air to bind with your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a molecule that naturally exists in the skin. However, as we age, the production Hyaluronic Acid (along with collagen and elastin) decreases. As a result, our skin loses volume, hydration, and plumpness. When a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer or serum is applied to the skin, it can attract and hold water, leading to a plumping and hydrating effect. That makes Hyaluronic Acid serums and moisturizers particularly amazing for dry and mature complexions or anyone who wants to plump the skin and hide fine lines and wrinkles. Not only does this powerhouse ingredient work well for all skin types, it also plays well with most other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, and other acids.
Hyaluronic Acid Wont Clog Pores
Hyaluronic acid is non-comedogenic - meaning it hydrates without clogging your pores, making it a great moisturizer for oily and acne prone skin. FYI: If you have oily skin, that does NOT mean it’s hydrated. In fact, skin can overcompensate and produce extra oil when it’s dehydrated, so hydration is key for all skin types, even for oily and acne prone babes.
How to Apply Hyaluronic Acid
Apply the hyaluronic acid-based serum or moisturizer to your entire face in the morning and the evening. Applying twice a day is essential to keeping your skin fully hydrated. If applying Hyaluronic Acid in your morning skin care routine, make sure to follow up with sunscreen.
Tip: In dry climates use a Hyaluronic Acid serum or moisturizer with occlusives such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or essential oils high in oleic acid to prevent your skin from losing moisture by forming a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, sealing in the moisture. Without humidity in the air, Hyaluronic Acid can dehydrate your skin by pulling moisture up from the dermis (deeper layer of your skin) into the epidermis (surface layer of your skin) instead of drawing water molecules from the air.
Ready to try this powerhouse ingredient? Here are a few recommendations.
Why we love it: This face serum takes hydration to a whole new level. Featuring the brand’s proprietary blend HA-Pro Complex™, it encourages the skin to create its own hyaluronic acid, which provides long-term hydration and anti-aging benefits. It’s also infused with ceramides and niacinamide that repair skin and help prevent future damage.
Why we love it: PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster is formulated with Filling Spheres™ that instantly hydrate and plump lips. Wrinkles and chapped lips are diminished thanks to its powerful blend of active ingredients that instantly hydrate and boost volume.
Why we love it: Sanitas Skincare Hyaluronic Concentrate improves the moisturizing effects of other products in your regimen by increasing your cell’s ability to retain moisture, creating an instant plumping effect. The hyaluronic acid serum utilizes an amino acid complex blended with Niacinamide to give your skin an instant, plump effect that smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
Why we love it: Truth Treatment Systems Hyaluronic Mineral Hydrator contains high doses of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, and Polyelectrolyte Minerals. This concentrated, lightweight gel formula provides a high dose of Hyaluronic Acid for intense hydration. Boosted with Vitamin C for antioxidant protection, and honey for additional moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties. Honey and Glycogen further support skin cell hydration and health while Shagbark Hickory helps soothe and heal skin. Truth Treatments Hyaluronic Mineral Hydrator combats dryness and the signs of aging while adding long-lasting moisture to restore skin’s youthful glow.