An acid that hydrates! Sounds too weird to be true… but hyaluronic acid is a humectant and an ingredient that skincare savants swear by.
Susan Yara, beauty and lifestyle expert, shared the benefits of hyaluronic acid and in context with other acids (glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid). Unlike the others, hyaluronic acid is not harsh nor an exfoliator - it’s gentle on the skin.
Since it’s a humectant, it adds hydration. Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar molecule naturally found in the body, primarily in the skin, connective tissue, and eyes. As you get older, you lose some of this acid, so incorporating it into your skincare routine will help with your skin’s plumpness.
The synthetic version that you’ll apply to your face is different than the naturally occurring type, however, the benefits are essentially the same. Hyaluronic acid holds one thousand times its weight in water, a significant boost of hydration to the skin!
Hyaluronic acid is not a moisturizer, it’s a hydrator! Hydrators pull water from the air or deep in the layers of your skin to the surface. You can use it on its own or in serum, then Yara recommends sealing in that hydration with a moisturizer.
Hyaluronic acid has its own antioxidant properties and thus is soothing for the skin. You can buy it on its own, however, you’re likely to find it in combination with other ingredients in serums, like the Phytosurgence Sea Submerge Facial Oil or in the Orgaid Anti-Aging Sheet Mask.
Tips for using Hyaluronic Acid
- It’s fairly potent, so presence in one product or stage of your daily skincare routine is enough!
- It combines well with most ingredients - except for those with low pH, like glycolic acid. If you want to use both, make sure to spread them out.
- It is not a substitute for drinking water, in fact, it’s better that you stay hydrated so that if hydration is being pulled from lower to higher layers of the skin, you won’t get dried out.