Do you remember when leopard print was an up-and-coming fashion trend? No, us neither. Because what started off as a one-hit-runway-wonder soon became the norm. Well, hyaluronic acid is the ‘leopard print’ of the beauty world. It bounded onto the scene as a new, exciting ingredient and has now become a skincare saviour in its own right – and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Don’t let the ‘acid’ part of the ingredient fool you into thinking it’s harmful. In scientific terms, hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found in the body – mostly in the joints, connective tissue and eyes. Each molecule has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, which makes it a super hydrating compound.
As the body ages, the natural production of HA slows down, and so does the ability to preserve moisture. That’s where a hyaluronic acid serum – such as Me+ Hyaluronic Booster or the Revolution Skincare Bio Hyaluronic Acid Serum – comes in. Because serums are formulated with the smallest molecules and the highest concentrations, they are the most effective way to deliver active ingredients like HA to the cellular level of the skin.
How does hyaluronic acid benefit the skin?
There’s a good reason hyaluronic acid is a staple skincare ingredient around the world. Because it has the ability to provide relief to dehydrated skin by replenishing and strengthening the skin barrier. It helps to improve skin texture by eliminating rough, dry patches. Not only that – hyaluronic acid can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping (hydrating) the skin cells!
How to use hyaluronic acid
HA is a humectant, which means it attracts water, so the best way to use hyaluronic acid is on damp skin. Apply a few drops of HA serum after you’ve cleansed and toned your face. You can also spritz a facial mist beforehand if your skin feels a bit too dry.
Looking for a HA to get started with?Cerave Hyaluronic Acid Serum is lightweight and easily absorbed, providing skin with all-day moisture and hydration.
If your skin feels particularly dehydrated, start with the Superdrug Me+ Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser to gently remove oil and impurities before finishing your skincare routine with a HA-infused moisturiser – like the VICHY Aqualia Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser. You can also treat dry skin to Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Face Mask. Infused with one week’s worth of hydrating serum, it unmasks smoother, bouncier skin in minutes!
When is the best time to use hyaluronic acid?
You can use hyaluronic acid both morning and night. Applying it in the morning provides your skin with additional moisture, while using it at night replenishes the moisture you lost throughout the day! Always use it after cleansing and toning and before moisturising.
Who can use hyaluronic acid?
Because HA naturally occurs in the body, literally everyone can benefit from this hydrating ingredient. Even those with oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin, making it the perfect skincare hero for all skin types!
Does hyaluronic acid have side effects?
Typically, there are no side effects of using hyaluronic acid. Allergic reactions are incredibly rare, but if you experience any irritation with HA, stop using it and consult with your doctor or dermatologist.
Lorna is a Freelance Copywriter with a passion for fragrance, beauty and skincare, sustainability and outdoor adventure sports. She famously quit her office job to spend more time with her cat and enjoys learning about the latest beauty trends – including the best products for oily skin.