The world of skincare can be intimidating, exclusive and confusing; with so many products and ingredients, how can you really know what's best for your skin? And how to use products to their full potential?
In this SKINGREDIENTS series, every week we explore a different active ingredient and how you can incorporate them into your routine. Whether you're just starting out or are a total skincare pro, this short guide can help you to really understand the basics and put together a holy grail skin routine that'll give you the skin you want and deserve!
Today we're looking deeper into Hyaluronic Acid - an ingredient that can retain water and give us that dewy, plump skin we're all striving for.
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that (surprisingly) is naturally produced by your body; found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes, its main function is to retain water to keep your skin tissues well lubricated and full of moisture. Roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin but inevitably, decreases with age.
Using hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine can help your skin look and feel more supple, it's essentially a humectant (draws in water) and is able to hold 1000 times in own weight in water so when applied topically, it sits on the skin surface to plump and fill in fine lines, which gives a more youthful, glowing complexion - Dewy skin is the trendy name for this.
Hyaluronic acid is an active ingredient that is found in a whole load of products and is absorbed best when skin is freshly washed and slightly damp, therefore make sure this serum is first in your routine after toning.
Make sure you use your hyaluronic acid before any spot treatments or anti-aging products as these can dry out or irritate the skin. Ensuring your skin has as much moisture as possible is the key for a real inner glow.
If you live somewhere with low humidity levels, Hyaluronic Acid can sometimes have the reverse effect and dry out your skin. If there's not much water in the air it will grab water from the opposite direction, deep within the skin, so make sure you layer a moisturiser on top to act as a barrier, preventing water loss.
Absolutely! Hyaluronic acid is perfect for any and all skin types - even sensitive and acne prone skin. One of the many incredible things about this ingredient is that it rarely causes irritation or side effects as the body produces in naturally - you're simply just topping it up!
Although, where Hyaluronic Acid isn't a direct trigger for irritation, it can allow other ingredients to penetrate deeper which inadvertently could lead to increased irritation for some sensitive skin types.
I know your next question, 'but which Hyaluronic Acid is the best to use! There's so many to choose from!'.
Below, I've linked a few Hyaluronic Acid products with varying price ranges, these products have given me the brilliant results time and time again and I just love incorporating them into my routine. Hyaluronic acid really is one of those ingredients that is beneficial for everyone, so why not give it a go!