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Interesting Facts about Hyaluronic Acid

Acts like a sponge, Hyaluronic Acid draws out water from the air into the skin and retains the moisture within the skin. Since Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant and attracts water, it needs water from the outside, otherwise, it can start drawing moisture from your skin, which can have an adverse effect, leaving the skin tight and dry. This is a common complaint amongst those using Hyaluronic acid incorrectly. The answer to that is to use Hyaluronic Acid on slightly damp skin and seal it with a moisturiser after. If your skin is particularly dry, you can use a water mist throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the outside. Once Hyaluronic Acid comes into contact with water, it does its best by keeping your skin supremely hydrated and dewy.

Despite its name, Hyaluronic Acid has got nothing to do with well-known exfoliating acids such as Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids (known as AHA's & BHA's). Hyaluronic Acid naturally occurs within our body and skin, just like collagen. The bad news is that once you hit the age of 27-30 the body's hyaluronic levels are depleted and goes downhill from there. The recommended age for starting "supportive" skincare such as serums is between 27 and 30.

Whilst some moisturisers might contain Hyaluronic Acid, these cannot replace Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This is due to the molecular size of the acid in serum. The hyaluronic serums contain a purer and more potent form of the acid, therefore works better on a deeper layer of the skin compared to a moisturiser.

Best of all, it works for every skin type — especially in serum form, where it can be more easily absorbed and work its skin-plumping magic at a deeper level.

The Hyaluronic Acid might feel a little bit sticky and takes a bit more time to master. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant typically found in human skin and has a naturally gooey consistency.; aka “sticky”.

Hyaluronic Acid must be sealed with a moisturiser to truly hydrate the skin. If not, the Hyaluronic Acid could backfire and dry out your skin. Otherwise, the Hyaluronic Acid will start to draw moisture from your skin, which makes it feel tight and dry. best to use moisturiser after the serum and not an oil.

A gram of Hyaluronic Acid holds up to six litres of water.

My favourite Hyaluronic Acid Serums are:

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex by Deciem

Hydrating Serum by Björk & Berries

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