If I had to pick my favourite skincare ingredient I think it would have to be Hyaluronic Acid. Don’t let the “acid” bit scare you because it’s one of those gentle ingredients that is universal and suitable for all ages and skin types, from the sensitive to the oily.
In short, it should feature prominently in your skincare routine because it’s seriously that good and because I said so, ok?
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which means it holds moisture, a whopping 6 litres of water to 1 gram. Yep. You read that correctly. Hyaluronic acid (sometimes seen on INCI lists as Sodium Hyaluronate) can be formulated by using different molecule sizes, the smallest one penetrating deeper into the skin. It has amazing anti ageing benefits, helping to plump the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is found in so many products these days and it’s readily available so there is no excuse not to have it in your skincare routine.
Lately I have been enjoying a few products that feature HA, which I have pictured above. I love the Flora Remedia Plant Collage Eye Masks for a quick pick me up and plump, when my eye area is looking tired and dry. HA is great on it’s own but when combined with ingredients such as glycerin, plant collagen, CoQ10, Vitamin C & E then it really packs a punch. My favourite products are those that combine HA with a few other ingredients to really create a powerful cocktail and these eye masks are a great example of that.
Next up is the latest addition to my hydrating squad, the Cosmetics 27 Essence 27 Bio Vitalising Cell Hydrating Fluid (phew!). This light weight serum is already making a good impression on my skin, making it look visibly hydrated, calm and plump. I love the fact that it hydrates and protects the skin in one. It features the brand’s hero ingredient Centella Asiatica which has hydrating, antioxidant and healing properties. I really do love the texture and feel of this on my skin.
When my skin is feeling really thirsty, I slather on the Jane Scrivner Bioluronic Buzz 2000 gel and it gives it a huge boost of moisture. I like that it’s a thicker gel and I feel like it really gets to work. Jane has used Bio Fermented Hyaluronic Acid at 2000mg per bottle which means that the bottle is packed full of the hero ingredient and there’s no messing about with fillers (there never is with Jane’s products). She has also included Willow Bark which has some Salicylic acid to help exfoliate and allow the other ingredients to penetrate further. This product was gifted by the lovely Georgina at Etain.
Last but not least is the Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster which is like a green smoothie for skin. Despite the HA not being the hero ingredient I still find this serum to be super hydrating and I love the addition of Quandong which has a very high content of Vitamin C. It also contains Lactic acid which is a gentle exfoliant, and my favourite of the “tingly” acids.
I have also tried HA products from a few other brands in the past including The Ordinary, Drunk Elephant, Indeed Labs and Ausceuticals which unfortunately are now all used up and unable to feature in the photos! Out of these, the Ausceuticals Rehydrate Serum was one of my favourites. It has multi-molecular weight HA so it penetrates deeper but doesn’t cost a bomb (AUD$39.00 for 30ml).
I hope that this post gave you a bit of an insight into the amazing properties of Hyaluronic acid and How it can benefit your skin. Even if you start by using a simple, affordable HA serum such as The Ordinary or Indeed Labs Hydraluron, your skin will benefit! Let me know which HA serum you use by leaving a comment below or email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.