Are you using hyaluronic acid all wrong? A checklist to get things right.
A record player will not play without a record. Bread doesn’t rise if the ingredients are wrong. And even the best skincare product will not change your skin if used incorrectly.
We’ll take a look today at hyaluronic acid. With ‘acid’ in its name, the ingredient could come off sounding intimidating but in all realness, this one’s among the most gentle and non-irritating things you could put on your skin. It actually boasts a list of benefits sounding like wishes we’d send to Santa whether it’s November or June! Unsurprisingly, the stellar ingredient has made its mark as one of the most well-loved and prolific components in skincare.
Benefits of using hyaluronic acid
- A boost of hydration levels in the skin
- Improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Soothed inflammation and faster-healing wounds
- Better skin elasticity
- Restoration of the skin barrier
- Increased collagen synthesis
The caveat to unlocking these #SkinGoals, however, is paying close attention to the dos and don'ts of using hyaluronic acid (HA). We’ve broken things down into three simple prompts to keep in mind the next time you incorporate the ingredient into your skin care routine. Psst, if you’re looking, the Handmade Heroes Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a great place to start or continue your journey with HA, and totally in a class of its own (we revealed why our HA reigns supreme here.
Time is of the essence
On the topic of HA, the ‘when’ matters just as much as the ‘how’. Because HA works by pulling moisture and holding on to it, it thrives in high humidity and moist environments. This is not to say you should leave your bottle uncapped for it to bask in the humid tropical weather; the guideline refers to the moment the product is applied.
The perfect time to get that hyaluronic acid serum on? Press in a drop or two while your skin is damp, ideally after cleansing and toning.
Always lock up before you leave
You can always bet on HA to understand the assignment when it comes to drawing hydration. In optimal conditions, the ingredient absorbs from its surroundings and replenishes moisture levels in the skin. But, when used alone on dry skin, HA will continue doing its job of pulling water—only in this case, it pulls from within the skin and brings it up to the surface where moisture quickly evaporates, hence drying the skin out.
Don’t let your treasure turn into fool’s gold! Seal in all the hydrating goodness that you’ve activated by always applying a moisturiser or an occlusive afterwards.
Top tip: Try pairing The Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum with The Ultimate Bakuchiol Booster Oil—an ideal companion to HA that’s brilliant at locking everything in while being lightweight enough to use both day and night, under all weather conditions!
It’s okay to get a little salty
If you haven’t been taking a closer look at ingredient lists on skincare, you might want to start. Guess what? Not every product with the words “hyaluronic acid” plastered all over its box is made equal. Look, this is not where we were going when we said to get salty but the fact stands.
We took great care to formulate a hyaluronic acid serum that delivers amazing results. Our serum contains seven forms of HA of varying molecular weights. This includes both sodium hyaluronate and hydrolysed sodium hyaluronate—the sodium salt extracted from hyaluronic acid and its “super small, chemically chopped-up version”. These derivatives sit on the low and ultra low side of the molecular weight scale, giving them better penetration capabilities and access to the deep layers of the skin that normal HA cannot reach.
There you go, proof that size does matter. Something to dwell upon when choosing your HA fighter!
To recap, hyaluronic acid is a true gem. Unleash its brilliance by remembering the three essentials on your HA checklist!
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It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
We know you love us and we know you’ll love The Ultimate Snow Shroom Hyaluronic Acid Serum even more! Don’t dilly-dally. See checklist, item 1.
Words by Alyssa Lee