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When it comes to sticking to a skin care routine, most of us probably have the same end goal: a healthy and hydrated complexion. And when it comes to skin care products that can help achieve that goal, there’s one ingredient you’ll most certainly want to look out for: hyaluronic acid. If hydration and anti-aging benefits are what you’re after, then it’s time to learn a little more about hyaluronic acid, a popular (not to mention dermatologist-recommended) ingredient that you can use daily for a healthy, dewy face. Not sure how to use hyaluronic acid in your skin care routine? Keep reading for all the details on this ingredient, including the benefits of hyaluronic acid, how to use hyaluronic acid, and our best hyaluronic acid serum and moisturizers.
If you’ve heard one thing about hyaluronic acid (HA), it’s probably that it’s capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Yep, it’s true! Your skin actually naturally produces hyaluronic acid molecules, but as you age, the levels of HA in the body start to deplete. This is one of the reasons you may notice your skin becoming drier and less plump overtime. In addition to being found in the skin, hyaluronic acid is a lubricant that’s naturally found in other bodily tissues and joint fluid, according to the Cleveland Clinic. But for this article, we’ll focus solely on skin care and how hyaluronic acid benefits the skin.
As our natural levels of HA in the skin deplete over time, thankfully, skin care products formulated with hyaluronic acid, including hyaluronic acid cream, serum, and moisturizer, come through in the clutch, making up for what we lose with age. The American Academy of Dermatology confirms that hyaluronic acid is often used in formulations meant to help with dry skin, and because of its plumping abilities, wrinkled skin, too. Which brings us to…
Like we said, as we age, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid deplete—which is why replenishing them, via skin care products, can be so beneficial. The key to maintaining healthy and fine line-free skin is hydration, after all, so it makes sense that applying hyaluronic acid onto the skin helps plump, moisturize, and keep wrinkles at bay. In fact, the reason that youthful skin maintains its glowing, dewy appearance is because of moisture, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health. In other words, skin aging has everything to do with loss of skin moisture. But there’s good news: using hyaluronic acid can help! According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, hyaluronic acid can be used to treat wrinkles and skin elasticity. So, if you're looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or your skin could use an extra dose of moisture—and remember, oily skin needs moisture, too—you may want to consider adding hyaluronic acid products to your skin care routine.
One of the best ways to introduce hyaluronic acid into your life is with a hyaluronic acid serum. And we have just the thing! The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a dermatologist-validated, intensively hydrating 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid serum that helps replenish moisture for plumped, youthful skin with bounce. This 1.5% concentration is key since, according to the NCBI, only a very low molecular weight of hyaluronic acid is able to penetrate the skin. Part of our Derm Intensives line, this serum has a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly with no tacky feel or residue left behind. Not only that, but the formula is also free of parabens, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, and fragrance. After just two weeks of regular use, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced.
How to use it: Every morning and evening, apply two to three drops to clean skin on the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let dry for a few seconds then follow up with your favorite moisturizer. If you want to use an HA-containing moisturizer, we're sharing a few ideas, below.
There’s no harm in adding more than one hyaluronic acid product to your skin care routine. In fact, it could be just what your complexion needs! Below, find our best hyaluronic acid cream and moisturizers.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power™ Intensive Anti-Aging Day Cream Moisturizer: Formulated with hyaluronic acid and our patented Pro-Xylane, this lightweight yet intensely moisturizing formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling velvety soft. Immediately, skin is deeply hydrated, while skin texture looks smoother, skin feels firmer, and the appearance of wrinkles is reduced with continued use over time. This beloved moisturizer is trusted by women all across the United States—as evidenced by the #RevitaliftChallenge where over 10,000 women tried the day cream, saw results in just one week, and when polled afterward, shared they trusted the product and would continue to use it.
How to use it: Every morning and evening, smooth the moisturizer over your face, neck, and jawline until thoroughly absorbed. If you like to layer skin care products, apply your hyaluronic acid serum before this moisturizer.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care — Normal/Oily Skin: In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can start to look overly shiny. This water-based moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water helps reduce the appearance of excess shine and leave skin with a matte finish.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care — Normal/Dry Skin: Normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin’s surface loses its glow, becoming dull-looking. This water-based moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water envelops skin with moisture, improving the look of radiance.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care — Extra Dry Skin: Your skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can easily be damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. This water-based moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.
How to use them: Apply your Hydra Genius moisturizer of choice to clean, damp skin (this can help lock in hydration!) every morning under makeup and every night after cleansing, gently smoothing it over your face and neck.
OK, now you’re officially a hyaluronic acid expert! Next, it’s time for your crash course in vitamin C. Because guess what? Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C can pair amazingly with one another! To learn more, read our article, What Can Vitamin C Do for the Skin?
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