๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒThe Best Way to Apply Hyaluronic Acid

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Jun. 28, 2020
โ€œAm I doing this right?โ€ 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, donโ€™t sweat it. Read on to learn if youโ€™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 everyoneโ€™s list. While thereโ€™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 whatโ€™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 itโ€™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. Itโ€™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 itโ€™s a safe product for them to use, too!
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid 
If youโ€™ve used hyaluronic acid before and gotten inconsistent results, youโ€™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 donโ€™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 (thatโ€™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, itโ€™s time for your hyaluronic acid serum and then you can finish with a moisturizer. 
If youโ€™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
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
Skinceuticals is one of the best hyaluronic acid serums weโ€™ve ever tried. Seeing results almost instantaneously, this formula is great for all skin types and promises to โ€œamplifyโ€ your skin's current hyaluronic acid levels. The unique formulation improves firmness, smoothness, and plumpness.  
Glossier Super Bounce Serum
Glossierโ€™s formulation promises mega hydration because they also include three different forms of hyaluronic acid. Itโ€™s also formulated with a special proprietary blend they call โ€œsoothing pro-vitamin B5โ€ that is great for keeping skin soft, smooth, and supple. This formula also isnโ€™t sticky or tacky, so itโ€™s extremely comfortable to wear day or night! 
Itโ€™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?
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Which moisturizer is right for my skin type?
Which moisturizer is right for my skin type?
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What it means to blowdry down the hair cuticle!
What it means to blowdry down the hair cuticle!
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NEW FIND! And Iโ€™m pleasantly surprised!?
NEW FIND! And Iโ€™m pleasantly surprised!?
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๐Ÿ‘€ Share your ๐Ÿท Derm Tips on Cherie
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