Wondering what hyaluronic acid is? Here’s everything you need to know about this little skin wonder – and the products you’ll find it in…
Hyaluronic acid is like a glass of water for your face. It's found naturally in our bodies (half of it in our skin) and helps hold moisture in the spaces between the cells of our skin, which helps it stay plump. But as we age, our skin's production of hyaluronic acid decreases, resulting in loss of plumpness and the appearance of fine lines.
So we need to start introducing it into our skincare regime, to help soften fine lines, even out dry patches and make skin appear firmer and smoother. The hyaluronic acid in skincare products acts like a sponge, helping to draw moisture into the top layers of your skin. And get this: it holds 1,000 times its weight in water.
But how do you know if your skincare products contain hyaluronic acid? Well, most brands like to shout about it, so you’ll probably find it on the label or in the name of the product. (FYI, hyaluronic acid also has a counterpart called sodium hyaluronate, which is its salt form, so you might find it listed as that.)
Want in on the HA action? Here's our pick of a few products to get you started on your hyaluronic acid trip…
Ooh, we do love a pipette– it makes us feel all science-y! And Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot doesn't disappoint on the chemistry front. Just two drops added to your serum or moisturiser delivers a shot of hydration for a plumper, fresh-looking complexion.
For a hit of HA on the go, try B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Spritz. Spray on top of makeup, to bring dewiness to your look, or spritz on after your morning cleanse for a healthy glow.
You can even take your HA in tablet form. Superdrug Vitaglow Hyaluronic Acid & Copper Capsules help maintain a healthy-looking skin texture and helps blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
The clever Eucerin Anti-Age Hyaluron Filler Night Cream offers a three-pronged attack. High-molecular hyaluronic acid acts on fine wrinkles in the upper epidermal skin layers, low-molecular hyaluronic acid penetrates further, where deeper wrinkles originate, and the ingredient glycine saponin supports the hyaluronic acid production in cells. Boom!
L'Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Mask gives you a hyaluronic fix in mask form. Essentially, it turns that frown upside down, with concentrated hyaluronic acid that helps plump facial contours.
Sheet-mask time! Skin Republic Hyaluronic + Collagen provides a moisture boost for smooth and more youthful-looking skin.