I talk about Hyaluronic Acid a good bit on my stories as it’s something I pretty much every day. 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. Now that it’s winter, it’s so important to make sure you’re using it properly. Keep reading gals and guys.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
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.
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, drawing moisture from its surroundings. It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. You might hear about some products using high and low molecular weights of HA in them. 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 HA automatically wants to pull water from where the moisture is to help balance it out. If the air touching your face is in any way dry, the Hyaluronic Acid will pull moisture out of your skin. Dehydration station across the nation.
This is why it’s vital to apply your Hyaluronic Acid to wet or damp skin because it will draw that moisture into your skin. You must also lock it in and protect it from evaporating into the dry air surrounding it. A moisturiser or facial oil will do the job beautifully.
If you’re in the market for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, here are some to check out.