Q&A: What is Hyaluronic Acid and do I need it?

Hyaluronic Acid or Hyluronan or HA (we know it sounds like something that will melt your face off, but don’t fear it! HA loves your skin). You can use this everyday and it keeps your skin supple when applied topically. Studies show that small doses of HA per day for at least one month significantly increases skin moisture and reduces dryness. You are probably using it already without knowing! It’s in a lot of skincare products and even sheet masks.

Read on to find out more and get our list of our top selling HA filled products!

So what is it? Why do we need it? _

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is found naturally in our skin that retains water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies decreases as we get older.

When used in skin care products like creams and serums, Hyaluronic Acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin. Please note if you are in your twenties, there is absolutely no reason for you to use HA as your fluid levels are quite balanced (AKA go out there and be young chickas). HA is for those who feels like their skin is losing its natural reserve.

 

How do I use it?

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HA is typically found in a serum, this step goes straight after cleansing / toner / essence / exfoliating. It may be found in masks or you can mix it with your favourite moisturiser. You’ll notice multiple products in our store that includes HA here.

Anti-aging wha---? _

Hyaluronic Acid’s moisture-binding characteristic is exceptionally important when it comes to skin-ageing. When we’re young, our skin can hold onto water and retain a balanced amount of moisture, but it loses this ability as we age. The result is a visible loss of firmness, pliability, and a diminished appearance of plumpness and suppleness (hello wrinkles). Simply put, Hyaluronic Acid has powerful anti-ageing properties.

How often do I need to use it? _

Because of its ability to draw and hold water - its powerful at pulling moisture to the surface of your skin, you likely don't need to use it in more than one product in your routine.

What can I mix it with?

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Hyaluronic Acid plays well with most other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinol, vitamins, and other acids. The only exception would be acids with low pH levels, like glycolic acid, because it may degrade the HA and make it ineffective.

But can I over do it?

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Dosage is also a factor — with HA, a little goes a long way. Look for concentrations between 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent; even 1 percent is quite high. As with most active ingredients, do a patch test and start small, building up to higher percentages.

Hello, fun fact!

Some dermatologists even inject Hyaluronic Acid fillers to keep skin looking firm and youthful! Applying Hyaluronic Acid directly to an open wound can also help speed up the recovery process.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hyaluronic-acid-benefits

Bazaar: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/skin-care/a25573129/hyaluronic-acid-for-skin-benefits-uses/

Paula's choice: https://www.paulaschoice.com.au/expert-advice/skincare-advice/anti-aging-wrinkles/how-hyaluronic-acid-benefits-skin.html

The Cut: https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/can-you-ever-use-too-much-hyaluronic-acid.html

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