How should I be applying Hyaluronic Acid?

If you’re reading this I’m sure by now you will know how much of a super ingredient Hyaluronic acid is. It’s ability to hold multitudes of itself in moisture and bring that right into your skin is pretty epic, but there’s just one caveat to reaping the benefits for yourself – the application process. If you’re experiencing some tightness, or even increased dryness after application, you may be making a very common mistake! 

Hyaluronic Acid (or HA) is a humectant, an ingredient used to prevent moisture loss. It does this by drawing moisture from the environment into your skin. 

Sound a little odd? It makes sense with a little perspective. There are three types of moisturisers; humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Humectants, as I’ve just mentioned, attract moisture into the upper layers of your skin. Occlusives work to create a protective barrier that prevents transdermal moisture loss. Emollients are a little mix of both, with their own flair; they also soften and condition the skin and can help even out skin tone by filling in the gaps between cells. Squalane is a great example of an emollient. 

Where might I be going wrong?

Well, if there’s no moisture on the surface of your skin to bring in, HA might just draw that moisture up from the lower layers of your dermis. Naturally, this is just going to make your skin feel dryer, which is not what we’re going for! I’ve made this mistake and it has made my face feel dry and itchy.

What’s the best way to apply it?

Luckily it’s a really easy solution, all you have to do is apply it to a damp face. It literally is as easy as not patting your face dry after cleansing and applying HA straight to skin. Then, after you’ve applied your HA Serum follow through with a moisturiser (preferably an emollient). This could be a light formula for those with oily skin types, or a moisture-rich cream for those on the dry side! You could even follow with a nourishing facial oil.

What’s your face HA serum to use?

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