Nature’s Moisture Magnet
With the onset of spring upon us, some of us may begin to see the effects of seasonal change in our skin. When increased dryness threatens to dull your dewy glow, hyaluronic acid has your back. Unlike the more drying acids you may be familiar with, such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA), hyaluronic acid replenishes and regulates moisture in the skin. What’s particularly wonderful about this acid is that, because it is something our cells produce naturally, it is easily recognized and absorbed by the skin. And this hydration delivery system is exactly what we want to reach to provide our skin with a refreshing drink of water that lasts all day long.
The Anti-Aging Powerhouse
Would you believe me if I told you that hyaluronic acid holds onto water up to 1,000 times its weight? That’s right—a single gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to SIX LITERS of water! Retaining moisture is the basis of any anti-aging routine and, as we age, this can become a greater challenge. Over time our cells produce less hyaluronic acid and cell turnover slow down. Collagen fibers become brittle and break down leading to wrinkling and sagging in the absence of careful intervention.
So what does hyaluronic acid do for us? It acts as a shield against moisture loss as well as free radical damage due to UV exposure and pollution in the environment. While these may be things that we cannot control, what we can control is what we put in our bodies and on our skin. Hyaluronic acid does the work for us as it draws moisture from its surroundings and revitalizes the outer surface layers of the skin to produce softer, smoother, more radiant skin.
Choosing the Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Your Skin Type
Acne-prone and sensitive skin – Acne skin care products can be especially drying. I recommend Le Mieux Sheer Hydration for quenching thirsty skin without risk of causing a break-out. Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum is another excellent non-greasy product that will improve healing and reduce acne scars.
Dry skin – If you are struggling with skin that is tight, dry, or flakey, you will benefit greatly from a good exfoliant (to boost the absorption of your serums) followed by products that pull water into the skin such as Le Mieux Vita-C Serum. Hyaluronic serums applied under moisturizer will give you an added hydration boost.
Oily and combination skin – Oily skin types can usually use a hyaluronic serum alone without the need for an additional moisturizer. A favorite product for this skin type is Sorella Apothecary Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum. Our clients love the way this serum reduces oil production.
For eyes – Michele Corley Revitalizing Peptide & Stem Cell Eye Gel contains three molecular weights of hyaluronic acid and is boosted with stem cells and peptides. This acne safe gel can be applied anywhere fine lines are trying to form.