One thing that people tend to do once they hear or see the words Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is freak out and be intimidated! Well, fair enough - to a person who has never heard of it before, it does sound like something that would burn your face off. BUT that is certainly not the case at all! In fact, the humble HA is actually super gentle and, being a humectant, gives you the extra hydration that you never knew you needed.
DID YOU KNOW..?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in our skin! It is one of the top three building blocks of your skin's dermis, which is most prone to our worst nightmares i.e. wrinkles, fine lines and volume loss 😫 Did we also mention how strong this baby is?! One molecule of HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight!
Now onto the bad news... HA diminishes as we grow older, which leads to droopy, saggy and dry skin.
And nasty things such as sun exposure and smoking only accelerate this degradation process. This is why it is so important to replenish the body's source of HA through skincare products to achieve every person's skincare dream - REJUVENATED SKIN 😍 Synthetic HA can be applied topically or injected in the form of fillers. Topical HA comes in several forms, with serums being the most popular and effective.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HA has the fun job of binding and holding onto water to keep your skin plump and hydrated. Where does it find this water? From the environment!
How effective HA is really depends on your skin's environment. When using a HA serum in a low humidity environment, the lack of moisture in the air means that the HA will have no choice but to draw water from the deepest part of your skin, which means that you could result in having drier skin than you actually started with - no thanks!! In order to lock its humectant properties in for as long as possible, it is best to apply something occlusive to the skin following the HA serum, such as an oil or moisturiser. In an environment with a higher humidity, you're a bit more safe as the HA will draw water straight from the air and into your skin. In both cases, it is best to apply a moisturiser or facial oil after your HA to lock that good stuff in!
It's also important to note that HA comes in multiple molecular weights to give different effects on the skin. Bigger molecules sit closer to the surface of the skin (epidermis), while smaller molecules can penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin (dermis). To ensure maximum hydration, it's best to pick a product with a good mix of high and low molecular weight HA's to give EVERY layer of your skin hydration and plumpy goodness!
WHERE DOES HA FIT IN A SKINCARE REGIME?
As we just mentioned, HA's are most commonly used in the form of a serum, where it is the main, if not only, active ingredient to ensure the most potent delivery to your skin. However, it also tends to make friends easily with other actives such as vitamin C, which is why we usually see it mixed with other ingredients in different formulas i.e. creams, lotions, serums.
We highly recommend following the skincare bible and applying your skincare products from lightest/thinnest to the heaviest/thickest consistency. So if you have a water-soluble HA product such as a serum, apply it after you cleanse and before you moisturise with a cream and/or heavier oil. This way, you'll get the most effective results of HA!
HA also pairs beautifully with vitamin C - the two together are like Batman and Robin! Not only will you get a hydration boost from the HA, but also an overall brightened complexion from the vitamin C.
All skin types can benefit from HA. Yes - even oily and acne-prone! But ESPECIALLY those thirsty gals out there i.e. the dry and dehydrated skin types.
So, what products do we offer at splendr that contain this god-like ingredient?? Here are our top picks!
We're curious to know if you've tried any of these babies and how you incorporate HA in your skincare routine. Let us know in the comments below!