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How to Layer Hyaluronic Acid in Your Skin Care and Makeup Routines

We tapped a board-certified dermatologist to find out if there is such a thing as too much hyaluronic acid.
June 09, 2023

If you’ve got a bathroom shelf full of skin care essentials like serums and facial moisturizers, then you are truly a beauty lover. And with so many products in your arsenal, it can be tricky to figure out what should be layered with what, especially when it comes to acids and other actives. 


Skin care products from L’Oréal Paris include skin-loving ingredients, such as the illustrious hyaluronic acid, which helps to plump and hydrate the skin. And now many of the beauty industry’s makeup must-haves are starting to include this skin care hero too. But how do you know if it’s safe to mix or layer them? Or how do you layer hyaluronic acid skin care products together? 


To get to the bottom of these burning questions, L’Oréal Paris consulted with Dr. Joshua Zeichner, NYC-based board-certified dermatologist and director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research for Mount Sinai, for more insight on how to layer hyaluronic acid-infused makeup products with hyaluronic acid skin care.

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Is It Okay to Layer Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care and Makeup?

The answer is yes. Since hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule — not exactly an acid as its name may imply — that already exists in our skin, it’s safe to use hyaluronic acid skin care and makeup together. 


“Hyaluronic acid is commonly used as a supporting ingredient in most skin care and cosmetic products you are already using because of its humectant [moisture-retaining] benefits,” says Zeichner. So there’s no need to worry about using too much of this ingredient; you can layer it on as a serum or in your moisturizer even if your concealer contains it too. 


“Hyaluronic acid is like the popular kid at school who is friends with everyone,” Zeichner continues. “It can be combined with almost all other skin care ingredients since it helps to hydrate, plump, and protect the outer skin layer.” 



How to Layer Your Hyaluronic Skin Care and Makeup Products 

After cleansing, use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to help hydrate and plump the skin. Zeichner recommends applying all hyaluronic acid skin care products to damp skin or using damp fingertips. “Once the hyaluronic acid comes into contact with water, it will know exactly what to do and what to bind to,” he says.

Be sure to follow up your face serum with a moisturizer. “Moisturize first to help seal in hydration and then layer on cosmetics after,” adds Zeichner. Always end your daytime routine with a sun protectant. We recommend reaching for one that also has built-in sun protection, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, formulated with pro-retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to reduce wrinkles, firm, and brighten the skin. 

Once your skin care routine is complete, you can begin working on your makeup. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% hyaluronic acid works double-duty to minimize the look of aging and provides 24-hour hydration to the eye area. It will help conceal dark under eye circles and hide imperfections, leaving you with a fresh and revived look.

For the best results, apply a few dots of concealer where you want coverage, then use your fingers to gently warm up the product, tapping it into your skin until it is fully blended out.

Layering your skin care and makeup products properly will help you get the best results. And thanks to the dose of hyaluronic acid in these beauty products you’ll be left with an overall healthier-looking complexion when you remove your makeup



What Is the Best Way to Layer Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care Products?

Remember what Zeichner said previously, it’s okay to layer hyaluronic acid and you don’t need to worry about using too much. For skin care on its own, the order in which you layer hyaluronic acid products is based on the consistency of the formulas. You’ll want to start with products that have thinner consistencies so they have ample time to absorb into the skin. Serums, which are usually more lightweight, should come first, followed by an eye cream or eye serum, a moisturizer, and finally, an SPF 30 (at least) if you’re doing this routine in the morning.

After you cleanse the skin and apply the previously mentioned serum, you can massage the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid, 1% Caffeine Eye Serum under your eyes. Utilize the triple roller applicator to re-energize skin, reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark eyes. Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line Plumping Water Cream as your moisturizer. Its lightweight formula quickly absorbs to the skin to lock in moisture and strengthen its barrier. 

Next: Our Best Moisturizers With Hyaluronic Acid

Edited by: Alexis Gaskin, Photographer: Nelson Huang, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Producer: Becca Solovay, Beauty Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Visual Designer: Sarah Duvivier, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Wardrobe Assistant: Jazmine Alzado, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Digi Tech: Jacky Jiang, Photo Assistant: Tyler Andrews, Model: Erin Williams

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