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7 facts about Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is an acid produced by your body and located in-between your skin cells. When you are younger your skin will have a high level of hyaluronic acid. Basically, one can explain it as a molecule that helps the skin to bind water. When the skin has a high level of hyaluronic acid the skin looks even, bright and elastic. The older you get the harder your body will have to produce this acid; the skin gets drier and won’t be able to bind as much water as before. Wrinkles will become more visible. These are 7 facts about hyaluronic acid.
Who can use it
Every skin type can use Ha. It suits every skin type from oily to dry and sensitive.
How do I add it into my routine?
This is really the easy part since you can find HA in a lot of different products. I prefer using it on its own. That is as a serum or as a toner. But you can also find it in cleansers and moisturizers as well so you just choose a form that suits your skincare routine.
You don’t need to worry about mixing HA with other ingredients like retinol, niacinamides, AHAs, BHAs or vitamin C since they work well together.
Some people experience dry skin instead of moisturizing, why is that?
This is also true. In climates where it’s very dry and cold (winter in my country for sure) the acid pulls the moisture from your skin instead of taking it from the environment. If there isn’t enough moisture in the air it will pull it from your skin.
So, what can you do, if this is what you experience?
To properly use it you need to apply it when your skin is still damp (so it is perfect after toner or to be used as a second toner). Pat the product into your skin and when it is just a little moist, add the next step to your routine. Then it should be sealed in with another product like serums, moisturizer and sunscreen.
Don’t get too excited using all the different kinds of product with hyaluronic acid that you can find. Stick to one and that is enough for your skin.
Is it safe
Yes. Research shows that hyaluronic acid is safe to use even when pregnant and nursing. But that doesn’t mean you should overdo it. Everybody’s skin is different and what works for one person might not work for another. So I would start by using is as a serum or a toner. And stick to one product with HA in it.
How often can you use it?
As always, there is no need to overdo it. It doesn’t work is magic more even if you do. When it comes to how often, just check the products description (since it does differ due to concentration and what type of HA product you are using). But I haven’t come across a product that you cant use in both your morning and evening routine.
When can you expect results?
All skins are different and it depends on how you skincare routine used to be. For some the results come quick, but for others it takes longer. I noticed a difference really fast (maybe within a week) since I have really dry skin. The HA moisturizing effect was the first I noticed.
But as a general guideline if you haven’t noticed any results after using a whole product, try a different version first before ruling it out. That is if you try a moisturizer and don’t notice any difference, try a serum or a toner next.
One of the easiest ways to get better looking skin is to keep it hydrated. This little molecule is amazing and does wonders for you skin if you only let it.