What Is Hyaluronic Acid and How Does It Work?

You’ve probably stumbled across the term hyaluronic acid countless times when looking for skincare products. But what is hyaluronic acid and how does it work for refreshing your skin?

First things first, lets get to know a little bit more about hyaluronic acid itself. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an ingredient that our skin naturally produces. It helps to keep your skin looking plump and sculpted. However as we age, our skin produces HA at a much slower rate, in turn leaving our skin looking slightly more aged.

This is where we have to start giving our skin a slight helping hand by introducing hyaluronic acid into our skincare routine to make up for the lack of natural production by our own cells.

What is hyaluronic acid (HA) and how does it work?

It’s time to dip into a bit of a hyaluronic acid science lesson to see how this much-loved skincare product actually works.

Now, I can’t say I’m much of a scientist but I’ve taken it upon myself to do all the hard work of researching what hyaluronic acid is and how it works. So, here’s a dummy’s guide to how hyaluronic acid actually works with your skin.

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the skin but as we age the natural production by our skin declines. HA helps to bind water and collagen in the skin to create a more plumped appearance, while also increasing the water content in your skin, helping it to stay hydrated.

Benefits of hyaluronic acid

Due to hyaluronic acid’s ability to retain moisture in the skin, it’s main benefit is it’s ability to keep your skin hydrated, all while strengthening the barrier of your skins outer layer. In addition to this, hyaluronic acid even temporarily leaves your skin looking more youthful by plumping the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Hyaluronic acids is beneficial for all skin types, and although hydrating skincare products are usually targeted more towards those with dry skin those with an oily complexion can still benefit from using hyaluronic acid.

Being branded as an “acid” may make hyaluronic acid sound ferocious on your skin, but the truth is, it’s even suitable for those with more sensitive skin types if used correctly. Those with sensitive skin may want to be more sparing with their hyaluronic acid application, applying less and on alternate days instead of twice daily. Remember, no matter what the product, it’s always best to patch test before a fully applying.

How to use hyaluronic acid

Whether you opt for a hyaluronic acid serum or moisturiser (we’ll get on to talking about some great serum options in a moment!) it’s always best to apply your product twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening after cleansing and toning your skin.

If you want your hyaluronic acid to perform even better, try misting your face with water before applying. This addition of moisture will give your hyaluronic acid more water to utilise and in turn perform better.

Skincare is best started early, so to reap all the benefits of hyaluronic acid it’s best to start introducing it into your routine long before you begin to see aging changes in your skin. Calling all those in their mid-twenties, it’s time to bag yourself a bottle of hyaluronic acid to keep your skin looking plumped and pristine!

Best hyaluronic acid products

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The L’Oreal Revitalift serum is perhaps one of the best easy to access, drugstore hyaluronic acid serums available. It does just as a hyaluronic acid serum should by plumping and hydrating the skin and visibly shrinking fine lines.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Retailing at only £6.40 at Boots, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid serum is an absolute steal doing pretty much the same job as it’s higher priced rivals. If you’re just starting out building your skincare routine then this budget option is a great product to test the water before splurging on anything more high end.

Glossier Super Bounce

This serum has quickly become one of my favourites! It does exactly what it says on the tin, instantly smoothing and softening the skin in only one application. It’s non-sticky which means it soaks into the skin beautifully, leaving no residue whatsoever. A great option to wear daily even when you’re applying makeup straight over the top.

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Booster

If your skin is extra thirsty for some hydration, then this offering from Vichy is just the ticket. It plumps and hydrates the skin miraculously and soaks into the skin almost instantly. Retailing at £26 at LOOKFANTASTIC it’s amongst the higher priced serums on this list but is certainly worth every penny.

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