Hyaluronic Acid is a hero ingredient that can pretty much do no wrong. It’s gentle, suits all skin types, pairs phenomenally with other ingredients (even retinol and AHAs) and can be used both morning and evening.
The most important thing to remember with any serum is knowing when and how to use it. In order to maximise the benefits and ensure that this ingredient is getting the job done, we have some tips and tricks below. Not using your HA properly can actually prevent the intended results from occurring and may leave skin drier and more dehydrated than when you started. No thanks!
Here are our three tips to get the most out of your hyaluronic acid:
TIP 1: Apply HA to damp skin
Since hyaluronic acid is a humectant, it’s essentially a moisture magnet that has the ability to draw moisture to itself. HA will pull moisture from wherever it can and therefore, if skin starts off dry when HA is first applied, it will need to draw moisture from deep within your skin. This moisture will then evaporate into the air if not sealed properly. By ensuring your skin starts off damp, you provide the HA with a source of moisture that will then bind to your skin and prevent transepidermal water loss.
You can simply splash a few drops of water on to your face prior to applying HA or you can step it up a level by spritzing on a mist. We love The Dewy Glo Face Mist - Lumi Glo
TIP 2: Apply HA and other ingredients in the correct order
It’s important to layer your products in the correct order, especially serums, to ensure efficacy. In the case of serums, experts recommend applying from most active to least, and thinnest to thickest. This means your hyaluronic-based serums are the last to be applied, as higher strength or ‘correcting’ actives usually demand to go first. Plus, a soothing hydrating serum will calm everything down and help with any flaking or drying sometimes caused by stronger actives (think: retinol, BHAs or AHAs).
Twice a week we like to use an HA-based face mask, such as The Hydration Booster Face Mask - Lumi Glo after applying stronger serums to ensure a concentrated HA boost and guaranteed soothing and calmness.
TIP 3. Follow HA application with an oil and/or moisturiser
Just as you want to stop hyaluronic acid from stealing skin’s water content by applying it to damp skin, you don’t want it to evaporate and take your hydration with it.
Not sure which HA is right for you?
Here are two of our faves:
After all, hydrated skin is happy skin!