What is Hyaluronic acid and should it be in your skin care routine?

Hi everyone

Hyaluronic acid is one of the most popular ingredients on the skincare market. I see it in every product, on every advert and it really is being sold as the magic ingredient to your skincare routine. So is it? Should be be using it and if so how? Let discuss!

So firstly what is Hyaluronic acid?

We produce Hyaluronic acid naturally in the skin, eyes and joints and it effectively hydrates the skin to make it appear plumper, brighter and youthful.  Hyaluronic acid attracts water, retains water and can hold a thousand times its weight in water in the skin. Due to things like environmental stressors, the sun or just simple aging we loose hyaluronic acid in the skin. There are ways to naturally retain hyaluronic acid in the skin such as eating fruit and vegetables but there are also a large number of topical (to the surface of the skin) products that contain hyaluronic acid.

So what does it do for your skin as part of your skincare routine?

Hyaluronic acid has many benefits when applied to the skin. It hydrates, heals and protects the skin it as well as work to reduce the signs of aging. It reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles increasing the elasticity of the skin to appear plumper and brighter. Its a really good ingredient to mix with other skincare ingredients which is why it is found in so many skincare products.

So who should be using Hyaluronic acid?

Well basically everyone and I imagine if you use any kind of serum or face moisturiser you probably are already using it! A lot of people are put off by the fact that it is an acid as we associate that word with harsh and often stripping but it isn’t like your exfoliating acids it is to hydrate the skin. It can be used by people with all skins types. I know people with oily skin are often reluctant to be adding hydration to the skin in case it adds more oil but even oily skins need hydration as they can often be dehydrated and in turn become more oily. A fact I learnt too late!

What products I use with Hyaluronic acid?

I really like The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic acid 2% plus B5 product. It is good value for money at about £6 or £7 for 30 ml (you can get a super size as well!). It is slightly tacky in texture and comes out a little cloudy and I have seen some criticism of this compared to other hyaluronic acids that are less sticky in texture. Personally this hasn’t bothered me, it goes on the skin smoothly and feels nice to pat in or roll in with my jade roller. It soaks in well and you only need a couple of drops as it does spread across the face and neck well.

I also use The Ordinary buffet which contains three different ingredients. It contains Matrixyl 3000 peptide complex which is designed to reduce the look of fine lines and deeper wrinkles, Argirelox peptide complex which again reduces the signs of again however this is a more immediate effect to ‘freeze’ the skin and then a base of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. This is also around £7 and can be supersized.

Both products go on after cleansing, I put a couple of drops in the palm of my hand and rub my hands together and then just pat into the skin until my face is covered and it has soaked in before any of my heavier oils or creams. The products do take a little bit of time to work so expect to be consistently using this for 3-4 weeks to see results.

All in all I would recommend The Ordinary products, they good value for money and easy to use. I really like the packaging and I like the feel on my skin.

I hope this has been useful to understanding more about a key skin care ingredient. Comment below what other ingredients would be useful for me to blog about. Happy skincaring!

AKL