😲😲😲The Best Way to Apply Hyaluronic Acid
Jun. 28, 2020
“Am I doing this right?” We frantically ask ourselves in the mirror as we apply our ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid treatment to our dry, dull skin. If this sounds like you, don’t sweat it. Read on to learn if you’ve been using it correctly and get an easy solution if your results seem inconsistent.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Is a hyaluronic acid serum or treatment in your daily repertoire of beauty essentials? If not, it should be. When it comes to go-to ingredients for hydrated, plump skin, this fundamental ingredient is at the top of everyone’s list. While there’s a ton of hype surrounding this skin care ingredient, what exactly IS it? Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a sugar molecule that naturally occurs in our skin. This intensely hydrating molecule plumps and moisturizes the skin by binding water to collagen and trapping it in the skin. This acts as a type of lubrication for our eyes and joints but when applied topically, it helps to retain collagen, making your skin appear dewier, glowier and ultimately way more hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is what’s known as a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment to your skin. This is why HA is SO hydrating.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
While HA is incredibly moisturizing and plumping, it has several other amazing benefits such as protecting your skin's natural barrier against environmental hazards (like UV damage), tightening your skin's overall complexion, smoothing uneven texture, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and helping to stimulate skin cell regeneration (which leads to a glowing complexion).
Another reason why we absolutely love hyaluronic acid? It can benefit all skin types! While it’s obviously great for dry and mature skin, oily complexions can also reap its benefits. If you suffer from oily skin, you may shy away from the use of oils on your skin, even though they're essential in keeping your skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid offers a shot of hydration to oily skin using a lightweight formulation that feels weightless on the skin. It’s also a great option for someone who has sensitive or acne prone skin because of its antioxidant properties. Pregnant mommas can rest easy knowing it’s a safe product for them to use, too!
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid
If you’ve used hyaluronic acid before and gotten inconsistent results, you’re not alone. Many people aren't aware of the missing ingredient that needs to be combined with HA in order for it to work. Hyaluronic acid needs to be used with a moisturizer to receive its full spectrum of benefits! Why? Because HA needs to be combined with a lipid to truly penetrate the skin and hydrate from within. Our experts warn that if you don’t apply hyaluronic acid with a lipid (found in most moisturizers), you could actually be drying your skin out instead of hydrating it. As we said before, HA is a humectant that works by drawing moisture from the environment onto the surface of your skin. Without that oh so important layer of moisturizer on top, the hyaluronic acid will draw moisture away from your skin, negating its benefits (that’s why you may even experience some tightness).
Hyaluronic acid also works well with other anti-aging ingredients including vitamin C. Vitamin C not only brightens and evens out your skin tone, it aids in collagen production. Pairing this mighty ingredient alongside hyaluronic acid encourages hydration, plumps your skin, and keeps you looking bright, smooth, and glowing.
How to Apply Hyaluronic Acid
Like with any new addition to your skincare routine, you should start out slow. Apply your hyaluronic acid serum once per day to see how your skin reacts to it. If you find your skin is loving it, you can start applying twice a day, in the AM and PM. Start by cleansing your facial skin as you normally would. Next, try applying a facial mist to really take your routine to the next level. After your facial mist, it’s time for your hyaluronic acid serum and then you can finish with a moisturizer.
If you’re looking to add hyaluronic acid into your routine ASAP, some experts are sharing their favorite serums that contain this plumping miracle ingredient:
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The OrdinaryHyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Besides being vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without oil, alcohol, silicone, nuts, and gluten, this cult favorite is affordable and one of our favorites on this list. It works well with every skin type and promises ultra-hydration because of the use of three forms of HA.
SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier
SKINCEUTICALSHyaluronic Acid Intensifier Serum
Skinceuticals is one of the best hyaluronic acid serums we’ve ever tried. Seeing results almost instantaneously, this formula is great for all skin types and promises to “amplify” your skin's current hyaluronic acid levels. The unique formulation improves firmness, smoothness, and plumpness.
Glossier Super Bounce Serum
Glossier’s formulation promises mega hydration because they also include three different forms of hyaluronic acid. It’s also formulated with a special proprietary blend they call “soothing pro-vitamin B5” that is great for keeping skin soft, smooth, and supple. This formula also isn’t sticky or tacky, so it’s extremely comfortable to wear day or night!
It’s no secret we love this beneficial, skin boosting ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is perfect for every skin type, is gentle enough to use twice a day (once you moisturize!), and it offers countless benefits to help improve your complexion. Have you tried hyaluronic acid? What were your results?
Which moisturizer is right for my skin type?
A little bit of moisturizing a day keeps the dry skin away! Moisturizing is crucial to a healthy skin barrier. All 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿𝘀 help with dry skin. Yet, not all moisturizers are created equal. So, how do you choose the 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿 for your skin? I am breaking it down today for #WinterSkinReliefDay. In general, 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿𝘀 provide a little bit of water to the skin and contain a greasy substance that holds it in. 𝗠𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿𝘀 are formulated in 𝟯 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀: ✅ 𝗢𝗰𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀: greasy/oily and block the evaporation of water from your skin. 💦 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀: pull water into the top layer of your skin both from the air and from deeper layers of the skin. 🧖🏾♀️ 𝗘𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀: not really moisturizering but rather to make the skin feel smooth by replacing absent skin the lipids and oils to fill in all the cracks on the skin, helping smooth out the surface of your skin and repair your skin’s barrier. Here is a cheat sheet to help you select the appropriate moisturizer for your skin. 𝗣𝗿𝗼 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 📅 𝗠𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆, regardless of your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturizing every day with the right type of moisturizer. Please avoid moisturizing reactively, aka moisturizering 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 when your skin is dry. 🚿 Always apply to 𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗽 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻. P.S I keep my moisturizer in my shower to apply right after I towel off gently. 🔑 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿. This is key for the winter 🥶 months. You need both a humectant which draw moisture to the skin and occlusive ingredients which keep water from evaporating off of your skin. 🌓𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗿. This is really important in the winter if you are using humectant heavy moisturizer. The dry air can pull the water out of your skin. Sounds crazy right? 🚫𝗔𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴. Even if you do not have sensitive skin. Fragrance and coloring are just a set up for possible irritation/allergy and no one has time for that. 🦶🏾 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗰𝗸. They too need some TLC. #skincaretips #moisturizer #skincareroutine #skincareproducts #dermatologist #dermatology
What it means to blowdry down the hair cuticle!
Let’s simplify what it means when a hairstylist says to blow dry down the hair cuticle: When you think of your hair, think of the shingles on a roof. They’re all laying down but on top of each other. The cuticle of our hair is doing the same! When we blow dry up or at the hair cuticle, it causes all those little shingles to stand up- causing frizz, loss of moisture, and hair damage. When we blow dry down the hair cuticle, all the shingles can lay flat against each other and be the protective barrier that they’re supposed to be. If you’re having trouble with extra frizz or loss of moisture pay attention to the direction that your blow drying. This could make all the difference!
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