Beauty editors and skincare specialists have been raving for years about hyaluronic acid, one of the best ways to boost moisture and keep skin looking radiant for years to come. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid and does it have hidden benefits for all skin types?
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally found in the skin as polysaccharide, but starts to decrease in the late 30s and early 40s. It’s not as harsh as you might think (we’re looking at you, glycol acid) and it has a lubricating agent for our sensitive skin and eye area. Once our natural supply of hyaluronic acid starts to decrease, it’s time to use synthetic copies which help to cure the skin from the outside.
Is hyaluronic acid better than moisturiser?
It definitely has a few added benefits over the humble moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid contains molecules which can retain in excess of 1000 times their weight. This means that they are better absorbed into the skin and that a little goes a long way. Your products will actually last longer because they are much more concentrated than a standard daily moisturiser.
How can I use hyaluronic acid?
You can tailor hyaluronic acid to fit into your skincare routine in various ways.
Primer: Use it as a primer to set your makeup in place all day long. Apply a small, pea-sized amount directly over you skin and massage until it sets. This should take seconds since it easily absorbs into the skin.
By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer, $62
Moisturiser: Enjoy a hyaluronic acid moisturiser for both morning and night when your skin requires a little pick-me-up during the week. Apply over your troublesome areas such as the t-zone and don’t forget the neck.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, $76
Sheet mask: Treat your skin to a nourishing hyaluronic treatment with the help of a sheet mask. This is the best way to let the hyaluronic acid absorb into the skin for 10-15 mins before going to bed. It’ll leave your skin feeling silky smooth the next morning, minus those dry patches.
Indeed Laboratories Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99
Serum: Finally apply it directly as a serum to soothe troublesome skin during the cold, winter months.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $52
Anti-ageing: Use a nightly, eye cream to combat dark circles and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished for longer. Use in conjunction with your daily moisturiser for best results.
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream, $23
Have you used hyaluronic acid before? Let us know of your experiences in the comments below.
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