Hyaluronic Acid is a cult product for increasing your glow factor. Hyaluronic Acid, synonymous with hydration, runs the gauntlet of plumping and increasing volume, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, and assisting with skin elasticity! With so many advantages, many of us wonder, "How do I incorporate HA into my skincare routine?"
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
HA is naturally in our bodies, especially in our skin, which gradually decreases as we age. Topically, HA acts as a humectant, a substance known for attracting and retaining up to 1000 times its weight in water. Timeless HA 100 Percent Pure contains a 1% concentration of sodium hyaluronate, resulting in 100 percent HA. Any higher concentration would cause the skin to gel and dry out rather than providing maximum permeability to help hydrate the face.
Hyaluronic Acid and Dehydrated Skin
Because Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture, use caution when applying pure HA to dehydrated skin. In dry climates, especially in winter, using only HA on dry skin can make it thirstier, tighter, and cracked. When HA cannot draw moisture from the air, it can begin sucking moisture from your skin. This is why it's critical to understand how to use HA as a moisturiser and incorporate it into your skincare routine.
Here are the top three ways to incorporate HA into your skincare routine:
- Always apply Pure HA on slightly damp skin to help bind moisture to your skin when using it alone.
- Because HA aids in delivering active ingredients across the skin, layer with your favorite serum for added hydration.
- Apply a layer of facial oil, such as Squalane oil, to seal in the Hyaluronic Acid, then finish with a moisturiser.
What type of skin can use Hyaluronic Acid?
Pure Hyaluronic Acid can be used on any skin type because it is super light and watery and help in the delivery of active ingredients across the skin. HA 100 percent Pure is also an excellent clean ingredient for sensitive, oily, or acne-prone skin. Regular Applying HA can signal the body to produce less oil, which can help to break the vicious cycle of over-exfoliating and to dry out the skin, which then causes it to produce even more oil.
Can vitamin C serum be used with Hyaluronic Acid?
Yes, these two are a formidable power couple! Following the application of Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum helps hydrate the skin barrier. HA Pure can also be combined with a facial oil or moisturizer to help seal and fortify the skin barrier.
Can Retinol be used with Hyaluronic Acid?
Yes, HA works with Retinols (Vitamin A), hydrating the skin and protecting it from the harsher effects of Vitamin A, which may cause redness, flaking, and irritation.
Can I use Retinol, Vitamin C, and Hyaluronic Acid all at the same time?
Retinol and Vitamin C do not mix well in general. Retinol is more effective at a higher pH level than Vitamin C, which is more effective at a lower acidic level.
HA can be safely combined with either ingredient, preferably at night with Retinol (because Vitamin A is prone to photosensitivity) and during the day with Vitamin C, which helps to brighten, nourish, and protect.
Here is a suggested order for applying products to get the most out of your Hyaluronic Acid:
- Step 1 - The serum
- Step 2 - Pure HA- apply directly to the skin or mix with your moisturizer in Step 4
- Step 3 - Squalene Oil - Use a facial primer to seal moisture and protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
- Step 4 – Moisturizer.
- Step 5 – SPF.
"Applying HA serum topically helps plump up the skin," says Shelly Leggins, Esthetician, and Timeless Skin Care Education Specialist. Beautiful skin is hydrated skin.
When Hyaluronic Acid is dry out their skin rather than plumping it up with moisture?
The issue is that some people claim it has the opposite effect, drying out their skin rather than plumping it up with moisture as expected. The truth is that HA can have this effect if you have either of the two conditions listed below.
The air is excessively dry
We mentioned that HA draws water from the environment and returns it to your skin.
But what if the air is devoid of moisture?
If the air is dry due to your surroundings, such as cold, dry climates with little humidity, hyaluronic Acid will have the opposite effect, drawing water from your skin rather than the air. Naturally, this is not what you want because your skin will become dry, increasing your risk of lines and wrinkles. Your best defense against this is to return the moisture to the air. A humidifier is an excellent way to help with this; some even allow you to add essential oils for added aromatherapy benefits.
You're using it incorrectly
If you want to ensure that your HA absorbs properly, apply it to damp skin. You want hyaluronic Acid to be able to draw moisture from your skin, right?
A spritz of timeless toner is essential right before applying your hyaluronic acid-containing products, followed by a moisturizer. Another great tip, especially if you're outside in dry air, is to keep a bottle of timeless toner in your bag and spritz it on your skin throughout the day to keep it hydrated.
When to Stay Away from Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is not appropriate for everyone. Certain people who are predisposed to allergies, medical conditions, or adverse reactions should avoid taking the supplement. These are some examples:
People with allergies
Children and pregnant or breastfeeding women