The next instalment of ‘Learn skincare with me’ is focusing on another ‘top dog’ ingredient in the skincare world: Hyaluronic Acid.
It sounds scarier than it is – it’s definitely not going to erode your face when incorporated into your routine. In fact, the results are so good that you’re doing your skin a disservice by not using it.
So let’s get into a bit of the detail….
Also known as?
- HA (Hyaluronic Acid)
- Sodium Hyaluronate
What is it?
With a gel-like consistency, Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that our body produces naturally with about half of our body’s production of it present in our skin. It holds a thousand times its weight in water, rendering it being incredible for keeping our skin moisturised by and retaining water.
It’s also a strong humectant, drawing water to the surface of the skin – building on that already-impressive ability to hydrate skin.
Hyaluronic Acid can be applied topically via the vast array of products available on the market, or in the form of a filler.
What are the benefits?
To be honest, we should really be asking what aren’t the benefits of this wonder-ingredient. The most prominent benefits that make it so popular include:
- Hydrating and moisturising the skin (of course)
- Keeping the skin healthy and supple, giving it that sought-after youthful appearance
- Plumping fine lines and improving the elasticity of the skin
- Giving a ‘glowy’ appearance to the skin
I mean really, who isn’t looking for all of the above?
Things to be aware of
Unlike Vitamin C, there aren’t really any ‘cautions’ when it comes to using HA as it’s such a friendly substance.
As our body’s naturally produce it, it’s incredibly unlikely that any adverse reactions may occur as it’s extremely rare.
It works well with pretty much any other product out there, so you can play around with other products and still use HS alongside it without any worry.
I’ve recently been loving Beautypie’s Triple Hyaluronic Acid to get my fix, which is so affordable and feels really nice to apply to the skin. In my opinion there’s a visible difference in the appearance of my skin when I apply this, reinforcing the above points I’ve found from my dive into the detail.
I hope you enjoyed this post from my learning skincare series! I’ll be learning about more of the popular ingredients in skincare, so keep an eye out for some more ‘lessons’ coming up.