The skincare ingredient that has created a real buzz and is now that must-have add on to a skincare regimen, Hyaluronic Acid; but is it really that essential?
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that lubricates joints, skin, hair and eyes and is naturally occurring in the body. What makes this molecule stand out is that is can hold more than its weight in water by drawing it from the surrounding environment. It’s a humectant, which basically means it attracts and retains moisture. As you age though, hyaluronic acid is produced less in the body, so applied topically to the skin should help boost hydration. Not just good for dry skin types, but most that need a moisture boost even sensitive and acneic skin types will benefit.
It’s important to know that hyaluronic acid molecules come in different sizes; smaller molecules can penetrate deeper into the skin, so depending on the molecule size of the hyaluronic acid used in a product, visible results will vary.
I recently purchased Osea Malibu’s Hyaluronic Sea Serum which contains seaweed extracts loaded with vitamins that also help in hydrating the skin. Unfortunately, I’m not wowed by this product so far. The pump mechanism isn’t the best; it doesn’t quite grab enough serum in the pipette and the pump doesn’t really push it out, so – seems faulty. The serum is so-so; a little tacky and I’m not really seeing an ‘instant’ hydrated boost/moisturised skin when i use this is the morning – in fact, it feels kinda drying 😦 Hyaluronic acid is supposed to work better when there’s enough/a lot of moisture in the air/surroundings so one reason a serum with HA product might not be delivering the efficacy you want is because you are in a dry environment. Indoor heating can even effect skin, so a humidifier can help add moisture to your indoor surroundings if that is the case. In terms of my environment, I do live in London where there is a fair amount of humidity, especially this season; around 50-90% most days. So because I apply this serum during the day, I expect there’s enough moisture in the air for the molecules in the product to work? Since I’m no scientist, I can’t proclaim my anecdotal experience as science fact but, I really was hoping for ‘instant’ plumping, moisturising and softening of skin from this product, particularly because of the price point – which brings me on to my new best loved HA favs.
Hada Labo is a new brand discovery for me; I decided to purchase a few of their products from Amazon after reading a blog post on “What’s missing in your skin care routine”. Yep, I’m really turning into a skincare junkie but these purchases are probably my best so far this year. The brand has several ranges, all hydrating products with Super Hyaluronic Acid, for intense moisturisation.
I bought their Foaming Face Wash and Goku-jyun Moist Lotion to start. The products are free of unnecessary additives and are formulated with a PH between 5.0 and 6.5, to aid in balancing the skins natural PH level so you can maintain healthy moisturised skin. The foaming cleanser is very pleasant and distributes a good amount of the product with the pump mechanism. 1 or 2 pumps I find is sufficient for cleansing the face and it doesn’t dry the skin out at all. The Goku-jyun Moist Lotion has a texture thicker than water and sinks into the skin well, leaving it visibly plump and moisturised.
I recently started using their Premium Goku-jyun Lotion which has 5 different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid and their Premium Shiro-jyun Lotion which is a brightening product. The purpose of the Premium Goku-jyun having 5 HA weights is so the molecule can penetrate to different depths of skin, so in theory, it should plump the skin more because of the variety of HA. The Premium Goku-jyun Lotion is a little thicker than the regular lotion, like a water gel – less runny. Due to the consistency, I make sure to not apply too much – a couple of drops seems sufficient for my face. Onto the Premium Shiro-jyun Lotion; I’m really loving this lotion best so far, and though it’s marketed as a whitening product it is more of brightening product and the ingredients are safe for the skin! It contains tranexamic acid which was traditionally used to treat blood loss, so due to it’s inhibiting properties it works as a brightening agent as it reduces melanin production. I was keen to try this product for my hyperpigmentation/acne marks and I so far haven’t experienced irritation from the product. I’m quite convinced that the brightening effect of the product is indeed working, as I’ve noticed my complexion is a lot brighter, though probably too early to be sure and one must take in to account other products in a regime which may be contributing to skin results.
These lotions really last for ages and it’s defo great value for money, particularly if you’re after just a simple hydrating and moisturising product to add to a no-fuss routine.
So when it comes to Hyaluronic Acid, it’s important to find out if the other skincare products you’re using in your routine are rendering it to be redundant or ineffective. As a skin care ingredient, I think best to opt for the budget buy and look out for where it is on the ingredients list – As a rule of thumb the higher up it is, the more of it is in the product; you may find it’s the product you’ve been missing. Is it essential? I don’t think so. Is it just a trend? No, but it’s certainly a diva ingredient – slightly overrated so I wouldn’t recommend a HA splurge but it’s a skin treat so worth a try.
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The internet is so saturated with misinformation, hype and really persuasive advertising, which makes it tricky to navigate and know what to trust and what to ignore. With anything, it’s always best to do your own research and know what is it exactly that you’re putting on your skin.
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