Something happens when you are getting close to the big 3-0 (gulp…). Well something is happening to me. I have been obsessing about my skincare regimen increasingly over the last couple years. So, when I learned about this skin tip, I may have done a couple back flips.
First thing’s first. Credit on this one goes to my sister. (If I don’t give her public credit, you better believe I will get a text from her that will read something like: “I told you about that! That was my find!!!” So, now that that’s taken care of… ha ha love you, Z.) Anyhow, I get a random Snapchat message from my sis one day that she’s been using hyaluronic acid serum for the last year and as a result, she believes her skin looks younger and she doesn’t wear concealer as often as she used to, etc. For a second, I wasn’t sure if Z was on something because this message was very random, out of nowhere. But, no she was just sharing a tip she was super excited about… and Khloe Kardashian also posted it on her Snapchat. There you have it.
So I’ve only recently started using HA (what the skin experts call it) and can’t claim it’s life-changing just yet, but folks, I have a feeling it could be.
Anytime I am about to purchase an item whether it’s shampoo or shoes, or I’m going to brunch or dinner (my friends can attest to this) I do tons and tons of research. And, so naturally, that is exactly what I did here. Let me share my findings, and I encourage you to do your own research as well.
Here it goes. Hyaluronic acid secures moisture and creates full, youthful skin. You’re hooked, huh. Read on. Some of you may see HA as an ingredient on the labels of your skin care products. It apparently is also found in injectables, i.e. Restylane.
As we age, skin moisture drops. I have combination skin and for years, I avoided products that I believed would make my skin more oily. However, lately, my skin has been feeling more dry. Signs of aging! (Cry.) In preparation for the dry winter months, I have opted for more oil serums and heavier creams and am looking for anything that adds extra moisture to my skin. When I learned that hyaluronic acid seals moisture into the skin and helps protect the skin from UVB rays, I said halle-frakking-lujah.
Hyaluronic acid comes in different forms. I purchased it as a topical serum. As a topical, it penetrates the skin’s upper layers and benefits tissue repair, boosting elasticity and hydration. Here is the best part. The serum I purchased is less than $20 on Amazon!
Now, here’s the thing with skin and skincare. Everyone’s skin is different, and different types of skin react differently to products. I read some people find that HA serum is the best moisturizing boost, while others experience dryness. To maximize the moisturizing effect, you can try using HA serum on clean damp skin and “sealing” the hydration with an emollient or moisturizing cream. Also, avoid HA serums that contain alcohol (which counteracts the benefits of HA as a topical), parabens, sulfates, or other ingredients that are harmful to the skin. HA serum is also better if is is vegan-sourced.
So far, I’ve been liking my HA serum (and have linked additional options below). But, if it doesn’t work for you, don’t lose sleep over it. Not all skin and skin products are made equal.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this post, and if you have secret skin tips, please share below!