Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of your most beneficial skincare ingredients.
It provides immediate and long lasting hydration with an added benefit of padding out fine lines that present when there’s a lack of water in the complexion. It soothes, nourishes and draws 1000 times it’s own weight into water into the skin. It also pairs well with most other skincare products.
HA 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.
Best applied morning and evening as the first step after you cleanse. 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.
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.
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.