8 of the best hyaluronic skincare products and what they do
Hyaluronic acid. Scary? Or the key to supple skin? Although this beauty product sounds terrifying it’s a simple and effective way to keep skin hydrated.
WHAT IS IT?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is something that our skin produces naturally, approximately 15 grams, in fact, to help maintain moisture levels. Due to a combination of aging, pollution, skincare and beauty products along with plenty of other factors, the natural levels of the acid in our skin reduces over time. Enter the skin saviour that is hyaluronic acid.
Working as a magnet for hydration, HA holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, helps skin cells retain as much moisture as possible and helps skin feel hydrated, plump, and youthful. The plumping effect causes fine lines to practically disappear whilst reducing the prominence of deeper creases in the skin.
HA has also been proven to have antioxidant and pollution fighting properties. Suitable for sensitive or breakout-prone skin, as well as those with an oily complexion, as although you may be oily chances are your skin is lacking in hydration, HA is friendly to all skin types.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
It turns out that HA isn’t actually as scary as it sounds and may well be your new favourite part of your skincare routine. As with any new skincare product, it’s good to test on a small area first and then gradually build it into your skincare routine.
Start by applying once a day until your skin is used to it. Then, if you notice your skin really benefiting from the extra hydration you can apply once in the morning and again at night. Most HA products are water-based so should be applied before heavy oils and creams or any other lotions and potions. Coming in many forms including serums, foams, and masks, you’re sure to find HA products to slip seamlessly into your current skincare routine.
Containing high quantities of HA, BYBI's Mega Mist is a rose, orange blossom and lemon balm water that refreshes, hydrates and nourishes skin. Quenching thirsty skin this product can be used like a traditional toner after cleansing or as a facial mist to help perk up dry skin throughout the day without feeling heavy on the skin. Bonus points to BYBI for the simply stunning, millennial pink packaging.
This rejuvenating moisturiser works to hydrate and protect the skin through a combination of hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin B5 and powerful marine and botanical antioxidants. The plant-based product is infused with unique micro-bubble technology to help plump, smooth and protect skin, even the most delicate areas such as around the eyes.
Trilogy's fresh and light formulation instantly firms, brightens and tightens the skin. The potent Glycablend™ combines hyaluronic acid which works to soften fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin, with extracts of liquorice and mulberry to brighten the complexion.
The Ordinary has combined three types of hyaluronic acid to create an oil-free and lightweight serum that offers visible plumping and moisture retention so that skin looks smoother, softer, and healthier. The added boost of B5 helps to heal areas of dry and damaged skin by stabilising the barrier function and promoting the growth of stronger tissue.
This serum contains an intense moisture-absorbing 75% hyaluronic acid complex. Enriched with silk proteins and an advanced mineral complex, the formula helps to replenish the skin’s appearance leaving it silky smooth by minimising fine lines and giving the skin a youthful radiance.
Enriched with vitamin B5, this HA moisturising serum improves skin’s water retention and regeneration, leaving it plump and noticeably hydrated. This product is fast absorbing and silky smooth, so skin feels nourished and restored with noticeably reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
Rodial's Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask contains 3D fillers that work to plump up fine lines and wrinkles to make skin look smooth and rejuvenated. Formulated specifically for dehydrated skin, this luxurious gel mask contains soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help sooth redness and irritation.
The Roche-Posay HyaluB5 serum uses a minimalist formula, of only two different sized molecules of Hyaluronic Acid, designed for sensitive skin and all of its needs. The larger molecule works on the surface of the skin to reduce wrinkles and re-plump the skin whilst the smaller molecule penetrates more deeply into the skin to increase overall skin volume.