In both the morning and evening I will use a hydrating products across my routine. Hydration, hydration, hydration…. I need products to help me retain that moisture. I have come to decide that as a non-negotiable, in my treatment/serum stage, I need to have one that has hyaluronic acid in it.
Watch my latest video to learn how I fared with the products I have tried.
Hyaluronic Acid (‘HA’)– What is it?
Hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate) is found naturally in the human body. Its main function is to bind water and lubricate joints and muscles. As a powerful humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water within skin cells and is therefore an effective hydrating ingredient. It’s a large molecule and therefore sits on top of the skin providing surface hydration. That said, its humectant properties mean it can also draw moisture out of the skin cells.
Hyaluronic Acid – Skin benefits
The loss of moisture in our skin can lead to visible ageing such as decreased firmness, plumpness and elasticity. HA helps to slow down this ageing process since it attracts and retains water in the skin cells. Plus, who enjoys that tight feeling on the skin?! Not me! HA products, I have found, keeps you comfortably moisturised and your skin hydrated. It’s a win, win! It is also a multi-tasker. It’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – further adding to its anti-ageing benefits and also helpful to those who suffer from conditions which can leave the skin broken i.e. eczema.
I am only speaking of topical HA, btw. It is also used in injectables as fillers to smooth out wrinkles (derma fillers).
What to look for when buying products?
I look in the ingredients and product description for HA/compounds or sodium hyaluronate. I’ve found that products described as “hydrating” will usually have these. Sodium hyaluronate, is salt derived from hyaluronic acid. It’s more easily absorbed and cheaper to produce so you may find this to be more common. In my experience though, it doesn’t always mean its cheaper to buy! I have found that trying different products has been the best way to find the right product for me. But what’s good for me hasn’t been for others. More expensive products, which technically and scientifically should work better, haven’t always been as effective for me than cheaper ones. Try, try and try! That’s what I am still doing but have managed to find ones I am comfortable with.
Incorporating Hyaluronic Acid into your routine
As you have probably gathered, it’s really not the type of acid we think of when we hear the word “acid”. I pretty much used products daily straight away - in the morning and evening. If a serum, it would go on after toning. If using with other serums, I would use with regards to viscosity, from thinnest to thickest. I also think about how I want it to lock moisture in, so most of the time, I would use it after a treatment serum, let’s say Vitamin C, for example.
Key Points - the round up
Powerful humectant; attracts and retains moisture
Anti-ageing: Plumps up skin, decreasing lines
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
Sodium hyaluronate; salt derived from hyaluronic acid – absorbs better but not necessarily more effective
Best way to find the product for you and your skin - try, try, try!
Products mentioned in the video
Quick reminder on this mini series
I’ll be uploading a series of videos about skincare ingredients that I love to include in my routine. They might be in one specific product or in many across the various steps of my routine.
I have dehydrated skin and, before using these ingredients, I had hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin-tone. I also didn't know how to manage or treat blemishes (unless you consider picking and squeezing them a remedy!).
The videos include brief reviews on the original products I used and any I have used since then. I talk about short term and long term results, price points and what I like or don’t like about them.
Since I used ingredients that were specific to my concerns, I believe that all of them contributed to the long term results, hence calling them my favourites.
These blog posts go into a little bit more detail on the ingredients themselves and how they work with our skins. I hope you enjoy the videos, and find these supplementary blog posts useful!
*As with all my posts across social media, I would like to remind you that I am not a skincare expert. All information that I share I have acquired through research, and will include sources on my blog posts. All opinions are my own and I will specify where otherwise.