Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and is integral in keeping the skin dewy, smooth and glowing. Much like collagen, as we age we produce less of it, which is why we should look to a well-formulated product to top up our levels. Topical hyaluronic acid provides immediate and long-lasting hydration with the added benefit of padding out fine lines that are present when there’s a lack of water in the complexion. It also pairs well with most other skincare products.
A powerful humectant, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. In skincare, hyaluronic acid works by attracting water molecules from the atmosphere and binding them to the skin’s surface. It also prevents transepidermal water loss, meaning it slows down the rate at which water dissipates from the skin’s surface, resulting in skin that stays hydrated for longer.
Hyaluronic acid is suitable for all skin types, especially those who are feeling particularly parched and devitalised. This makes it an essential for long haul travel and as a pre-event hero product when your skin needs that youthful, quenched glow. It’s also a wonderful option for soothing and strengthening the complexion for those presenting with sensitivity or reactivity.
Hyaluronic acid comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s commonly referred to as sodium hyaluronate, glycoaminoglycane, hyaluronan and sodium PCA. Depending on the individual formulation of your product, some hyaluronic acids contain a lower molecular weight meaning that the particles are smaller and can penetrate further into the skin, offering deep hydration. Others are larger, designed to address surface dryness, leaving the skin with a feeling of comfort and moisture.
Best applied morning and evening as the first step after you cleanse to damp skin (to ensure it is drawing in water from the atmosphere or your skin’s surface, and not from the water within the skin). This will give it the greatest chance of penetration, with the added bonus of it drawing in further moisture from the products you layer on top of it. Dispense a couple of drops of your Hyaluronic Acid into the palms of your hands and gently press it into your face, neck and décolletage using a gentle upward motion.
Not all Hyaluronic Acids are created equal. I recommend searching for products that contain both hydrating mediums as well as potent antioxidants, as these will work really hard on your behalf. Also, look for products that contain B Vitamins as their anti-inflammatory properties do a great job of complementing the soothing nature of a good Hyaluronic.