The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skin Care Products
Hyaluronic Acid in your skin care products can have multiple benefits for your skin. This ingredient is actually naturally found in your body for various functions and one of them being that it secures moisture and creates fullness—youthful looking skin. In the article below you will find many products with such an ingredient including my Vitamin C Face Wash.
Why You Should Look for Hyaluronic Acid in Your Skin-Care Products
This is the hydrating, antiaging ingredient your skin needs.
Hyaluronic acid is the essential ingredient every single person needs in her skin-care routine, regardless of skin type, complexion, or conditions. The time-tested dermatologist favorite (no, this is not an of-the-moment ingredient) can help calm inflammation, moisturize, and protect against signs of aging, even on the most sensitive skin. “It’s a potent skin hydrator that keeps things smooth and supple,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at George Washington University. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the skin, and it has the ability to physically encapsulate and hold H2O. Products with these molecules allow just the right amount of moisture to bind to the skin without feeling greasy or heavy, and hyaluronic acid won’t contribute to potential zits or breakouts, either.
Hyaluronic acid also has incredible antiaging properties. As we get older, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture, making a concentrated HA booster or mask extra helpful at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, hyaluronic acid is also used as an in-office injectable. A dermatologist can inject the HA deep into the skin to fill facial folds and crow’s-feet around the eyes. These fillers last 18 to 24 months, and if you don’t like the results, you can reverse the effects with an enzyme that dissolves the excess HA.
Oftentimes a high price tag comes with many of the creams and serums that contain hyaluronic acid. However, now more brands are offering products with one of HA’s cousins which has a similar efficacy but won’t cost you quite as much: sodium hyaluronate, Dr. Tanzi tells SELF. A salt derived from hyaluronic acid, the ingredient has all of the same benefits of HA, except it absorbs faster into the skin. Now this doesn’t make one better than other, says Dr. Tanzi; in fact, they can hydrate and penetrate skin best when they’re compounded in one product together.
One of my personal favorite HA products is the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($69), which is made with sodium hyaluronate and has the perfect silky slip. It’s great for oily or acne-prone skin because it’s an ultra-lightweight serum. Here are 13 more products with hyaluronic acid to help hydrate, balance, and calm any skin type.
Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash, $40; amazon.com
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum, $65; sephora.com
Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel, $48; ulta.com
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift, $65; dermalogica.com
Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial, $120; alliesofskin.com
PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, $115; dermstore.com.
Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Booster Serum, $100; sephora.com
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask, $45; rodial.co.uk
Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, $95; sephora.com
Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Hot Springs Hydrating Gel, $28; urbandecay.com
Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask, $12; sephora.com
L’Oreal Paris HydraGenius Normal to Oily Skin Daily Liquid Care, $13; jet.com
Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, $65; sephora.com