Hyaluronic Acid Skincare Guide & Benefits
Posted on July 03 2019
Hyaluronic Acid has been all the rage lately. Skincare companies are incorporating this ingredient, promoting it and toting its benefits without any clear explanations. Why would you want to put acid on your face? Confused? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We know the term acid may sound scary, but we promise, hyaluronic acid is anything but bad for you. In fact, your body already makes this compound naturally. So how does hyaluronic acid benefit your skin? Read on to find out.
What is hyaluronic acid?
In the skincare world, hyaluronic acid and water go together like coffee and donuts. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant molecule which absorbs water and encourages hydration. In fact, hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold one thousand times its weight! Adding other natural humectants to hyaluronic acid skin products creates the ultimate moisturizing benefit. For example, Azure’s Pearl and Hyaluronic Illuminating Eye Serum is infused with aloe to create an effective, antioxidant-rich addition to your self-care arsenal.
What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid?
Because hyaluronic acid has such impressive water retention abilities, it’s ideal for promoting facial moisture. For those with dry skin, it’s an especially transformative ingredient for healing through hydration. With continued use, you’ll look younger and see less fine lines and dryness. The amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases as we age, with natural production levels dropping by over 50% by age 40. The good news is that you can topically apply it through products like the Azure Hydra Pearl Face Mask.
Does hyaluronic acid absorb into skin?
The size of the hyaluronic acid molecule is often too large to be absorbed on its own into skin’s pores. But don’t get confused- the type of hyaluronic acid used in most skin products is optimized in weight and diameter for maximum skin absorption. A clinical dermatology study confirmed that nano-hyaluronic acid under 500 kDA in size can pass easily through the skin barrier, leading to fewer wrinkles and greater skin elasticity. Because hyaluronic acid naturally stimulates collagen production, products that combine it with collagen, like Azure’s Hyaluronic and Collagen Eye Serum, pack an extra-potent anti-aging formula.
Wait - so can I use hyaluronic on oily skin?
You bet! While hyaluronic acid is often lauded as a holy grail for dry skin, those with oily complexions can benefit as well. You might think that you don’t need to moisturize if your skin is overproducing oil, but that’s far from true. Dehydrated skin naturally overproduces oil, so it’s essential that those with oily skin types keep their skin hydrated with products like our Hydra Pearl Sparkling Oil Serum.
Is it okay to use hyaluronic acid with retinol?
Retinol has been around a minute and you might already incorporate this powerhouse ingredient into your routine, as it’s known for increasing your skin’s cell turnover rate and lessening signs of aging. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, it can take your skin time to adjust to frequent turnover, thus causing short-term irritation, dry skin, and redness. There’s an easy fix to combat this: combine your retinol regimen with powerful hyaluronic acid. Increasing your skin’s water retention with hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid can help offset retinol-caused dryness while giving your face a plump, dewy glow. Simplify your skincare routine with a two-in-one retinol and hyaluronic acid product, like Azure’s Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol Anti-Aging Face Mask.
Can I use Hyaluronic Acid Every Day?
You bet. Since hyaluronic acid is found naturally in your skin, this ingredient is safe to use on a daily basis. We recommend incorporating something like our Rose Gold Serum with Hyaluronic Acid right after you wash your face. Adding hyaluronic acid to damp skin prevents irritation. Hyaluronic acid will pull moisture from the air or other ingredients, so to make sure it’s pulling moisture from water and not your skin, splash a little water on your face before applying.
Azure offers a variety of natural skincare options, chock full of effective ingredients scientifically proven to enhance the effect of hyaluronic acid. Whether you’d like to integrate this anti-aging secret weapon into your routine via face mask or serum, our Hyaluronic Acid collection can help you elevate your skincare game and get your glow on.