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When it comes to sticking to a skin care routine, most of us probably have the same end goal. You likely want to keep your complexion looking (and feeling) healthy and hydrated. Of course, there are plenty of different skin care products—including facial serums, facial moisturizers, and eye creams—that you can use to help meet your skin care goals. If skin 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 found in many different skin care products. Keep reading for all the details on hyaluronic acid, including what hyaluronic acid is and what it can do for your complexion.
If you’ve heard one thing about hyaluronic acid, 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, but as you age, it starts to deplete. This is one of the reasons you may notice your skin becoming drier and less plump overtime. Thankfully, skin care products formulated with hyaluronic acid come through in the clutch, making up for what you've lost. The American Academy of Dermatology confirms hyaluronic acid is often used in formulations meant to help with dry skin, while the National Institute of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that 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. If you’re ready to add hyaluronic acid to your skin care routine, below we’re sharing our best skin care products formulated with this ingredient.
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 derm-validated, intensive 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 L’Oréal’s Derm Intensives line, the serum has a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly with no tacky feel or residue. Not only that, 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 reduced.
How to use it: Every morning and evening, apply two to three drops to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
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 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 recent #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 has 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 be easily 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 face and neck.
OK, you’re officially a hyaluronic acid expert! Now, it’s time for your crash course in vitamin C. Because guess what? Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C can pair amazingly with one another! Read our article, What Can Vitamin C Do for the Skin?