Hyaluronic acid is a popular skincare ingredient, loved for its exceptional hydrating and anti-aging properties. If you’re looking for that radiant, youthful glow (and who isn’t?!), read on below to discover why this beloved skincare component is the serum you need to stay hydrated this season––at every price point!
WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?
Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water molecules. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it incredibly effective at hydrating the skin. This hydration helps maintain the skin's moisture balance and plumps the skin, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is actually found naturally in the skin's connective tissues and is a component of collagen. By adding a professional-grade hyaluronic acid to your routine, you can support collagen production––essentially contributing to your skin’s elasticity and firmness.
HA is also valuable in post-surgery and dermatological procedures, as it can aid in tissue repair and reduce the risk of infection. It is also generally well-tolerated by all skin types and has minimal side effects.
WHEN SHOULD YOU INCORPORATE HYALURONIC ACID…AND WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU USE?
- You can also incorporate a HA serum––such as the PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum––If you’re combating dry, dull, or dehydrated skin.
- If you're starting to see fine lines and wrinkles, or just want a preventive measure against premature aging, HA is what you need. Its powerful ability to hydrate, plump, and smooth the skin makes it essential for keeping the skin looking young. Mature skin types will love the Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Serum or the Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum.
- Those with oily or acne-prone skin can still benefit from a HA serum, like the Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel. Many people overlook this because they think it's only good for dry skin, but it actually helps with moisture-oil balance and overall hydration, which can be extremely beneficial for acne. It's lightweight, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores.
- Hyaluronic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm irritated skin. It's often used to soothe conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or sunburn.
- If you are using a retinol, an AHA/BHA, or a vitamin C serum, incorporating a hyaluronic acid will aid in the efficacy of your product absorption and help keep the skin extra hydrated.
- If your moisturizer is not providing enough hydration, you should consider adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare regimen. With regular use, you'll see an improvement in skin hydration, and healthier, smoother-looking skin. You can also add a few drops of Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your moisturizer for an added boost––or you can opt for a moisturizer and an SPF fortified with HA.
PCA SKIN HYALURONIC ACID OVERNIGHT MASK
ELTAMD UV DAILY TINTED SPF 40
Until next time,
The BSE Team