We all wish there could be some magic product that can whip our skin into shape. All we want is for our skin to stop being so stubborn and maintain a good balance of moisture! Now I’m not about to unveil a magic product to you, but there is an ingredient that can be a real game changer – hyaluronic acid. Dry patches? Redness? Wrinkles? Hyaluronic acid is superb at delivering moisture to parched skin and dealing with these common problems. Adding a product with hyaluronic acid into your routine can be a simple way to give you plump, glowing skin.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid or HA is a moisture binding ingredient to help the stability of your skin. The key to it’s effectiveness? It can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. HA works by pulling water from its environment and delivering it to your skin, hydrating it and plumping it up as a result. Although it is a substance that naturally occurs in your body, it is commonly used as an ingredient in serums, toners, or other skincare products to restore the moisture and structure of damaged tissue. Hyaluronic acid hydrates, aids in wound healing, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
In Your Routine:
Always seal your hyaluronic acid product in with a moisturizer or facial oil to lock in the moisture. Depending on the product, how you include HA can vary. However, it is most often used after you cleanse and tone since HA is included in serums or boosters. If you are using a HA booster, you can pump a few drops onto the palms of your hands with your moisturizer and slather away, or you can use it separately before finishing off with your moisturizer.
Try hyaluronic acid in small doses or patch test it to see how your skin reacts. Hyaluronic acid can be used on all skin types, but in general, you should always check whether ingredients actually agree with your particular skin. I have sensitive skin, but hyaluronic acid does not irritate it at all.
Soak Insider Tip:
To avoid dry skin throughout the winter, prep your skin well before the winter season hits. I purposely use products with hyaluronic acid throughout the year so that my skin stays hydrated all seasons of the year!
Be wary of using this in dry climates. HA won’t be able to draw water from this environment and instead will pull moisture from the deep layers in your skin resulting in drier skin in the long run. Yikes! To combat this, apply HA when your face is damp or in a temporarily humid environment such as the bathroom after a shower or near a humidifier.
I use a toner that includes hyaluronic acid, which helps tremendously to keep my face moisturized! If you feel it is beneficial, I would suggest using serums to add into your moisturizers for extra moisture! Below are some suggestions of hyaluronic acid products that can be used with your lotions or on their own!
SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier
Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster
COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
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