What is hyaluronic acid serum?
Well, to put it simply, it's a natural skin plumper!
It helps attract and bind water molecules to your skin, giving it a bouncy, plump look and feel.
So what is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?
Well, to start, hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in the skin's extracellular matrix and has strong water-binding ability. Which means it holds up our skin – sort of like a physical scaffold.
This is important for giving skin that firm, thicker appearance.
Levels of hyaluronic acid decrease with age. And while you can't replace natural levels, studies show that topical hyaluronic acid - in the form of creams or serums - can help improve the appearance of dry skin and fine lines.
Studies on topical hyaluronic acid in skin care suggest that it’s excellent in increasing skin moisture, elasticity, firmness, and even works as an antioxidant to slow cellular skin aging.
And because it helps improve skin elasticity and hydration – it can help decrease the depth of wrinkles (plumper, firmer skin means less visible lines and wrinkles), sometimes as quickly as 2 to 8 weeks.
As we age, our natural levels of HA decline.
Applying HA serum can help improve the appearance of parched, dehydrated, wrinkled skin by drawing moisture to the dermis.
And while it won’t permanently restore skin tissue levels, daily application of super low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can help provide a temporary lift and plumpness to the skin.
Don’t let the word “acid” scare you, there is nothing acidic or harsh about this mucopolysaccharide.
In fact, it's suitable for all skin types - from oily/acne prone to sensitive irritated skin.
However, results can vary depending on several factors, including:
Keep reading to learn more…
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance (a group of sugar molecules called polysaccharides) naturally found in the body, like in the skin, joints, and eyes.
It acts as a cushion and lubricant, providing lubrication for movement and helping to protect joints from wear and tear.
I've tried HA several times without any noticeable effects, until I learned how to apply it correctly for best results:
This is the special tip for best results! The moisturizer will help seal the serum deep into the skin.
When is the best time to apply HA serum? I like to apply it twice a day, in the morning and at night.
First thing in the morning, after washing your face and before applying your moisturizer and sunscreen.
And, again, at night, after washing your face and before your favorite nighttime moisturizer.
There are a few things to consider before buying a hyaluronic acid serum for your face.
Look for products that contain one or all three of the characteristics listed below for the best results:
Other things to look for?
There are different types of hyaluronic acid used in cosmetics. They include:
* Look for products that contain sodium hyaluronate for best results.
HA serums and creams are pretty safe for most people and generally don't have any documented side-effects.
However, applying too much or using incorrectly can potentially dry out the skin if certain conditions are not met. Here's how:
1. Insufficient Moisture Source: Hyaluronic acid works by drawing moisture from its surroundings, including the deeper layers of the skin. If the environment is dry or lacking sufficient humidity, using too much may lead to moisture depletion from the skin instead of providing hydration.
2. Incorrect Application: Always apply it to damp or slightly moist skin. Applying it to completely dry skin without any water or moisture source may cause it to pull moisture from the skin's surface, leaving it feeling dry and dehydrated.
3. Lack of Occlusive Layer: Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that attracts water molecules, but it needs to be sealed in with an occlusive layer, such as a moisturizer or facial oil, to prevent water loss.
To avoid drying out the skin, follow these tips:
As always, it's best to pay attention to your skin's individual response and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.
If you have specific concerns or questions, it's recommended to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized advice.
Hyaluronic acid is a great natural skin plumper that attracts and binds water molecules for a bouncy, firm appearance. It is naturally present in our skin but declines with age.
Applying it topically via serums or creams can improve dry skin and fine lines, increase skin moisture and elasticity and slow cellular skin aging, decreasing the depth of wrinkles in as soon as 2 to 8 weeks.
Hyaluronic acid is ideal for all skin types. For best results, it should be applied on clean, damp skin and sealed with a moisturizer.
Look for products with low-molecular-weight, multi-molecular and slow-release formula for best results.
Overuse or incorrect use can lead to skin dryness. So, always apply it on damp skin and always follow up with moisturizer to help seal it in.
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