Beauty,  Skincare

Ingredient Focus: Hyaluronic Acid

By Alyssa Cimino | UNSW FABSOC

When you’re trying to achieve hydrated and dewy skin, the first thing that might come to your mind is: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Whilst moisturiser is an essential part of any skincare routine, using products that contain hyaluronic acid can make a huge difference in maintaining glowy skin that is full of hydration.

What is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?

Don’t let its name fool you – hyaluronic acid is quite the opposite of other facial acids. Instead of chemically exfoliating like AHAs and BHAs, hyaluronic acid works to lock moisture into your skin. Although our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid, one third of what is produced is degraded and synthesised on a daily basis. Combining this with environmental aggressors, our skin is left feeling dehydrated, textured and dull. This is why products containing hyaluronic acid are needed!

With the ability to retain over 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is basically like a BIG drink for your skin! When applied topically, hyaluronic acid draws in moisture and helps your skin cells retain as much of it as possible, leaving your skin smooth and hydrated. Recent studies have shown that hyaluronic acid can also fight free radicals with its antioxidant properties, maintain skin elasticity and stimulate the production of collagen.

Who can use hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid can be used daily (morning and/or night) on all skin types!

Whilst it is obvious that hyaluronic acid greatly benefits normal-dry skin by restoring and maintaining moisture levels, combination, oily and blemish-prone complexions can still reap the rewards of hyaluronic acid. The formulation of hyaluronic acid makes it perfect for these skin types as it provides weightless hydration without increasing oil production or clogging pores. It is also super gentle, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin or skin easily prone to redness.

Which products contain hyaluronic acid?

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is a holy grail among the skincare community. It is a gel moisturiser that is instantly absorbed by the skin, providing lightweight and long-lasting hydration. Among its claims of being able to visibly improve skin translucency and plumpness, it is also dermatologically tested, oil-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. You can purchase Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Coles and Woolworths – making it widely accessible.

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

The COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence is a hydrating essence that offers intense hydration for the skin and is best used after cleansing and toning. It helps to moisturise dry, rough patches, hence leaving skin smooth and supple. It is also dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, vegan and cruelty-free. You can purchase the COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence from nudieglow.com or BONIIK.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is both an affordable and accessible option available at Priceline. Formulated with multiple molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, it is able to provide hydration to multiple depths of the skin. The Ordinary has also enriched this weightless serum with Vitamin B5 to boost surface hydration. This formula is also vegan, non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum is a lightweight gel serum that enriches skin with essential hydration, ensuring it is soft and plump. Along with hyaluronic acid, it combines soothing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and aloe to nourish skin. I have been using this serum each morning for about 2 months and have definitely seen an improvement in my skin’s hydration, particularly around my cheeks, which tend to become dry and rough. The Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and can be purchased from Sephora.

As always, it is recommended to perform a patch test before incorporating a new product into your skincare routine. If any irritation occurs, discontinue use and seek medical advice if symptoms persist. All the best experimenting!

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