Dewy, glowy skin is all over Instagram. But if you’re prone to dry skin and looking to add to your skincare routine, hyaluronic acid might be the secret ingredient your beauty arsenal is lacking. Say hello to your skin’s new BFF. But what is hyaluronic acid?
It’s no surprise your relationship with your skin will change with the temperatures. Year-round, it’s important to use SPF. And in winter, or drier climates, skin may appear duller and drier. This can especially be the case as temps cool down, thanks to the lack of sun and increased wind chill.
And that’s exactly why adding hyaluronic acid to your beauty routine is a must.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Sure, we’ve always been advised to not use products with hard-to-pronounce ingredients, but hyaluronic acid (HA) is the exception to that rule. Hyaluronic acid (HA), also known as hyaluronan, is a substance naturally produced by the body. Our cells actually produce HA to balance moisture levels, making it all-natural, but its production, unfortunately, begins to decline as we age.
What are the Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?
HA holds other benefits, but in terms of skincare, it provides gentle hydration without acting as an exfoliant like other acids do. HA is known as a ‘humectant’ and acts like a sponge to help retain water for plumper, softer skin.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do to Skin?
Of course, everybody’s skin is different. But the good thing about HA is that it helps all people, whether they have dry, oily or combination complexions.
“Since dehydrated skin is a condition that can occur in any skin type, we can all benefit from using products with hyaluronic acid,” Dana Murray, a licensed aesthetician and Babe & Beauty blogger, tells Lively.
“Skin that becomes dehydrated – meaning lack of water – often tries to overcompensate to ‘fix’ itself by overproducing oil, which can lead to breakouts, greasy-yet-tight-feeling skin and accentuated fine lines.”
Just 1g of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water, studies have found. Keep an eye out for it next time you’re looking to expand your current skincare product line-up.
Where Can I Find Hyaluronic Acid?
From face masks and lotions to lip gels and hydrating mists, hyaluronic acid is available in a wide range of products.
When Should I Apply Hyaluronic Acid?
The beauty and versatility of hyaluronic acid is that there’s no optimal time to apply. Whether you want to add it to your morning or night time skincare routine (or both!), your chosen time won’t affect the hyaluronic acid’s benefits.
Murray advises, “If you are using it in serum form, it’s best to apply on damp skin right before your moisturiser, morning and/or night.”