Our skin cells naturally produce hyaluronic acid to maintain healthy moisture levels. Here’s why you need to be including this magical ingredient in your skincare routine.
One of the main benefits of hyaluronic acid is its ability to boost hydration. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which means it is a potent humectant that draws moisture, plumping skin and minimising the appearance of fine lines.
As royal facialist and founder of Heaven Skincare Deborah Mitchell explains: “Think of it as the ultimate skin hydrator as it attracts and binds to water molecules. In fact, just one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water. Our skin cells naturally produce hyaluronic acid to maintain healthy moisture levels. If you introduce products into your daily routine your complexion will look more radiant and feel softer.”
Hyaluronic acid supports collagen production: Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its structure and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid can actually support collagen production, which keeps the skin firm and supple.
Try: Collagen Face & Body Mist from Heaven Skincare. This top to toe spray that works as a firmer and refiner, energy booster and make-up setting spray all in one. It contains Heaven’s Collagen Drops, so you’ll feel a tightening effect when you spritz. These are blended with HA to even-out fine lines and improve moisture levels.
It is suitable for all skin types: This versatile ingredient is lightweight and non-greasy, which makes it an ideal for those with oily or acne-prone skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, it helps soothe and hydrate.
Try: Sephora Collection All Day Hydrator Face Cream. With 96% natural-origin ingredients and a cocktail of antioxidants, it acts as a shield to protect skin from environmental damage. Its ultra-light milky texture is easy to apply and makes it an excellent primer.
It is easy to incorporate into your routine: One of the easiest ways to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your daily skincare regime is to use a serum. They’re easy to use. Apply a few drops (you’ll find a little goes a very long way) after cleansing and before your moisturiser morning and evening.
Try: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, from Harvey Nichols. It’s oil-free formula combines low, medium and high molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA cross-polymer. This, combined with vitamin B5, means a smoother complexion.
Hyaluronic acid is a safe and natural ingredient: Because it is already present in our bodies, it’s safe ingredient for topical use and is well-tolerated.
Try: The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser, from Selfridges. Designed to leave you with a hydrated complexion for up to 48 hours. The lightweight blend enhances the skin’s natural barrier while optimising pH levels.
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