What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do For Your Skin? And Here Are The Top Beauty Products Containing It
I’m guessing you heard of the term hyaluronic acid at least once in the past week. It could’ve been in an Instagram ad, on a Neutrogena commercial, or even from your BFF. This is a highly trendy and coveted skincare ingredient. But why, and what does it do? That is what I am here to tell you.
First of all, forget the meaning of the word acid as you know it. Many people hear that term and go running in the opposite direction. Acid sounds harsh, damaging, and too intense for sensitive skin. But hyaluronic acid is not that type of acid. It does not exfoliate or cause your skin to peel. In fact, it is something your body creates on its own. It is often found in the eyes and joints as a type of lubricator. It balances our moisture levels throughout the body, but just like collagen, with time and exposure to the elements, this natural production dwindles.
Hyaluronic acid can be used to treat osteoarthritis, eye injuries, signs of aging, and more. It can be taken as a supplement to work from the inside out and can be applied to the surface of the skin as a wonderful hydrator. As you know, when the skin is moisturized it helps all skin ailments. It balances oiliness, lessens wrinkles, helps even skin tone, texture and breakouts. But there are tons of amazing moisturizing ingredients out there, so what makes hyaluronic acid so different?
Hyaluronic acid is to moisture as you are to your favorite snack. It grabs onto it and doesn’t let go. The reason it is so effective at giving the skin such a healthy and plump appearance is that it can hold up to one thousand times its weight in water. It takes the moisture from the air and binds it into your skin, which gives it a fuller and more youthful appearance. In fact, hyaluronic acid is often used as a lip filler to give this exact look. And there have been studies done recently that claim hyaluronic acid to contain antioxidants, which in addition aid in protecting your skin from things like pollution. It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
The fact that hyaluronic acid is a champion at hydration may make oily skin folks get as far away from it as possible, but do not avoid it if you have oily skin. Hyaluronic acid is not a thick or greasy substance. It is lightweight and is absorbed into the skin to balance it. This means that it is ideal for all skin types and it has little to no side effects. Of course, be wary of ingredients in products. Although hyaluronic acid is gentle and safe for all skin types, it can be combined with harsher ingredients or allergens.
Now that you know what hyaluronic acid is and how it works, I am sure you are keen on adding it into your skincare routine. But how, and which hyaluronic acid products are the best for you? What should you look for? Well, first off, as I always say, read the ingredients list. If a product claims to have hyaluronic acid in it, it should be near the top of the list. If not, it is likely that there is only a minimal amount of it and its benefits will not be impactful.
There are hundreds if not thousands of products that claim hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient. And there are tons that are actually just as spectacular as they say they are and here they are.
Glossier Bubblewrap: Eye+Lip Cream
If you have dry under eyes as I do, you will want the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream. This will save you from cakey under eye post a concealer application. It is a thicker formula and takes a few minutes to be fully absorbed, but the benefits can be seen in minutes, and will cancel out even the smallest traces of flakes. But, if you want a product lighter in weight that is absorbed instantly while still giving a plumped look, the new Glossier Bubblewrap eye and lip cream is for you. This formula features hyaluronic acid, squalane, and blueberry extract. It is creamy, but not too rich. It is also meant for use under the eyes as well as on the lips to prep them for makeup.
Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster
If your skin is craving moisture like the Sahara craves rain, a serum is what you want. Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster is going to be the most effective form of hydration. The texture of this serum is gel-like and is absorbed into the skin to plump it immediately. This is also a versatile product, as it can be used on its own or mixed with another serum or moisturizer. If you are hesitant about adding something new to your routine this is a great place to start.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
If you are looking for a luxurious serum to offer you the best of the best, this is it. Dr. Barbara Sturm is a goddess in the skincare realm and provides some of your favorites stars with their skincare regimen. This is one of the most potent and highly concentrated forms of hyaluronic acid you can get your hands on. It firms the skin noticeably and can be used every day or more intensely as a treatment when your skin feels dehydrated. This formula penetrates the skin to reveal a more youthful and clearer complexion quickly but also shows even more results with long term use.
Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
Dr. Dennis Gross is another skincare genius. With the original Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, you get all the benefits of hyaluronic acid along with a gel texture that gives you a dewy appearance on contact. This is ideal for those looking to balance and hydrate their skin and prefer a lighter texture. This vegan and cruelty-free formula is for all skin types and can be used both day and night. If this sounds great but you want even more intensity from your products because of aging or dullness, the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion amps up the benefits of the original. It has the same water-gel feel, is non-greasy, and has even more benefits to help fight signs of aging. Along with hyaluronic acid, the formulation contains marine algae that enhances the skin’s elasticity, glycolic acid that improves the appearance of wrinkles, soy protein to help the skin hold onto moisture and collagen to firm and plump.
Cerave Moisturizing CreaM
Our faces aren’t the only place that needs intense hydration, especially now that the weather is heating up. A body cream that provides your skin with all of the lush benefits of hyaluronic acid is ideal for this time of the year. And you do not have to look far to find it. The dermatologist recommended brand, Cerave, provides your skin with a soft layer of moisture that is absorbed quickly and serves as a protective barrier. It is also gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin as it is accepted by the National Eczema Association.
Puritan’s Pride Hyaluronic Acid
We cannot forget the benefits of hyaluronic acid from the inside out. Whether you like a minimal skincare routine or are hooked on supplements, hyaluronic acid in a pill form is a great way to let its benefits hit all parts of your body. You can find a multivitamin that contains hyaluronic acid or head to Puritan’s Pride to take it all on its own. This will not offer your skin the instant plump look, but over time, the benefits will show themselves everywhere from your skin to your eyes, joints, and more.
Which form of hyaluronic acid are you going to try out? Let us know below!
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