Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Using hyaluronic acid in the winter - are you doing it right?

I talk about Hyaluronic Acid a good bit on my stories as it's something I use most days, and whenever I mention it, particularly in the winter, I tend to get messages from people saying they don't like it and that their skin feels tight after applying it.  I usually have the chats with them and give them some advice, but thought I'd write this post for anyone else who doesn't get the hype when it comes to Hyaluronic Acid.  Now that it's winter, it's so important to make sure you're using it properly, and that's where your Auntie Karen comes in.  Keep reading gals and guys.

Let me give you a bit of background without going too science-y.  Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid to help maintain its own moisture levels, but with aging and environmental aggressors like UV exposure, those levels can take a dip.  There's nowt we can do about that internally, so it's up to us to help our skin topically.

Now, Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, so it draws moisture from its surroundings, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture.  You might hear about some products using high and low molecular weights of hyaluronic acids in them, and that means that the larger molecules sit on the top layers of the skin, plumping those layers away like a good thing, and the smaller molecules can penetrate a bit deeper, plumping out the lower layers.

Remember when I said above that Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture from its surroundings?  In the winter, using the central heating can make the air dry.  And so the hyaluronic acid automatically wants to pull water from where the moisture is to help balance it out.  And that means it's pulling it out of your skin thanks to being in contact with the dry air, where it evaporates.  So it's vital to apply a barrier between the hyaluronic acid that's on your skin and the air.  That's where your moisturiser comes in, or even a facial oil.  These will lock the hyaluronic acid in and prevent it from pulling any moisture out of your skin.

I hope that helped!  And if you're in the market for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, here are some to check out.

Image Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler - €78.50

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum - €38

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum - €6.99

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - €6.80


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