But what exactly is this increasingly popular ingredient, and does it really warrant the hype? And what is the best way to use hyaluronic acid for your unique needs?
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to hyaluronic acid to help you figure out how it can benefit you.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?A naturally-occurring substance found in many areas of the human body including the skin and connective tissues, hyaluronic is known as a humectant (a substance that retains moisture).1 As a humectant, it naturally binds to water molecules, which helps keep skin hydrated.
As we age, the production of key substances in the body including hyaluronic acid and collagen begins to decrease.1 As a result of this, we naturally begin to lose the volume and plumpness of our skin.1
The New Skin-Care HeroBecause HA is not only one of the main components that gives skin structure but also topically helps to retain moisture, it’s become a popular ingredient in products meant to support radiant skin and hydration.1 Serums, shampoos, moisturizers, and eye creams are often formulated with hyaluronic acid. When used in skincare products, hyaluronic acid can help pull moisture to the surface of your skin, giving it a youthful appearance.
So if you’ve got naturally dry skin, or are craving that fresh, dewy look even in the cold winter months, HA could be the perfect addition to your skincare routine.
How To Use Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid boasts a long list of skin-loving benefits: it can help replenish moisture, and it has multiple forms of use. You can apply it twice a day in your skincare routine, to hydrate skin both morning and night. And it layers well with other popular skincare ingredients, like Vitamin C and retinol.
But with so many HA products available, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which option is best for you. We recommend applying a few drops of a hyaluronic acid serum onto damp skin before applying oils and creams. Or, you can find a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and apply it generously after washing your face in the evening.
Another great way to get the hyper-hydrating benefits of this ingredient is by applying an HA face mask. Check out our Charcoal Sheet Masks, which are saturated with a serum containing hyaluronic acid, as well as other skin-nourishing ingredients like collagen, black tea, and spinach extract.
These ultra-moisturizing face masks are dermatologist tested, gentle on all skin types, and made with clean ingredients for radiant-looking skin.
Whether you’re looking to nurture youthful-looking skin or you’re on the hunt for that fresh, dewy look, hyaluronic acid could be the perfect addition to your daily skincare routine. From creams to serums to masks and beyond, the options for trying this hydration-attracting ingredient are endless.
1 Harvard Health Blog. 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2022. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-hype-on-hyaluronic-acid-2020012318653