Hyaluronic acid – if I had no prior knowledge, it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice of ingredients to swathe my skin in! It sounds scary. Really scary. What first comes to mind for me – especially when I hear acid – is burning, drying, peeling or intense exfoliation… But hyaluronic acid does almost the exact opposite to this!
Without getting too complex or scientific, it’s actually an ingredient already found within the human body – that acts as a hydrating, cushioning and lubricating agent for joints and tissue. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to absorb 1000 times it’s weight in water… HELLO hydration!
So how and why should you use this ingredient in your skincare routine? Think of it as a hydration booster; not necessarily as a moisturiser but as an additive to your skincare regime to plump skin, boost hydration levels in the skin, smooth skin and boost and prevent moisture loss. You know how glowy, dewy and amazing your skin looks when you’ve been really [really, really] diligent with ensuring you drink enough water everyday? Think of it as a topical alternative to that.
I find hyaluronic acid best used as a serum applied to clean skin underneath moisturiser or as a ‘boost’ to my skincare regime by simply adding something new when my skin starts to feel a little dry; or in weekly treatment cycles while changing nothing else at all, such as a weekly mask.
‘The One’ serum by CR Formulations is jam-packed with essential ingredients – it’s a serum that I’ve recommended before that focuses on plumping, tightening and fortifying the skin. One of the key ingredients within this serum is hyaluronic acid. It’s a perfect ‘all-in-one’ serum and amazing for those who want a hit of HA daily, with this serum; pair underneath your favourite moisturiser and you are good to go, hence the name The One! This is an amazing serum that provides all the benefits of hyaluronic acid skincare products; a great one if you haven’t already refined your skincare routine or simply don’t know where to start.
BABOR’s Hyaluronic Collagen Booster Fluids claim to be an “effective alternative to wrinkle injection fillers”. They are a highly concentrated dose of hyaluronic acid complex in individual ampoules; that also feature marine collagen. These little ampoules are miracle workers; they are designed to be applied after cleansing; before any other product. I find they work beautifully when applied at night-time right before bed. Use them as a little boost on a weekly basis and you will wake up with the dewiest, most hydrated skin; and it’s just an extra little step that takes no more than a minute. The ampoules are sold as 28ml ampoules in a set of 12, they are glass and the consistency is just a little thicker than water, so it does suggest that they are a ‘one-use’ product; however I think you could get 2, perhaps 3 uses from each ampoule if you store it safely.
Thalgo’s Hyaluronic Mask is one of my favourites. It is a professional grade at-home facial treatment that smoothes and plumps skin in a flash. The mask is ever so quick and easy to apply due to it’s clear gel-formula. 20 minutes is all it takes, and you can really see results. Whenever I haven’t been eating as well as I should, haven’t drunk enough water or have been spending too much time in the sun; I can see fine lines on my face, especially in delicate areas; in less than half-an-hour, I can return my skin to it’s former glory with this mask. I love using it before special occasions for a smooth, hydrated complexion and a serious radiance boost!