Hyaluronic Acid – Moisturizing or Drying your Skin

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It’s the buzz of the skin care world, it’s the Acid everyone wants their hands on and every brand wants to include in their products. Hyaluronic acid has made quite the racket ever since its advent in skin care products.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural acid found in our bodies and 50% of it is found in our skin. With properties of holding up to a thousand times its own weight of water, it acts as a water binder helping to moisturize our skin.

So if its naturally produced, why is there a need to apply it topically or consume pills orally to increase its production? Well, you guessed it right. The word we are all afraid to hear in the skin world, ‘AGEING’.

As we age, our body recedes from an optimum state. Thus, the production of vital vitamins and things like hyaluronic acid diminishes as well. Here in the skin world, we can’t let a biological phenomenon define the way we look (well not to the entirety of it), so thus we make some extra effort in helping our body out in places and areas where it starts lacking.

Ageing is a natural process, and everyone should embrace it. The lines on our faces only reminisce of how well we’ve lived our lives, how hard we’ve laughed and smiled over the course of years which translates into fine lines.

Along with embracing old age, there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a younger skin for a longer duration in your life. We’re all going towards old age, and lets just say, no one’s in a hurry, and neither should our skin be. So, if we need to help our skin for that, well, so be it.

Coming back to the topic at hand, this miracle ingredient which is supposed to save our skin from ageing prematurely by making it more supple and keeping it moist, might not be so helpful after all, if you’re using it the wrong way.

You see, only when you understand how the mechanics of hyaluronic acid work, can you know how to properly apply it on your skin for the maximum benefits. So, lets go over the mechanics first.

Hyaluronic acid is a water binder. It stores up to a thousand times its own weight in water and it is to be noted, that it is after all, an acid. That’s why you will find it in minuscule quantities in a product since we don’t want to put too much concentration of an acid on our faces. Of course not, no one wants to look like chucky the doll.

So, since this is a water binder, what it does is it grabs onto any moisture or water it finds. Now here’s the tricky part. If you put this product onto your face, and let it set, without first damping your skin. Chances are, that after some time, you’ll notice your skin get flaky with dryness because the acid would have grabbed onto the moisture on your skin.

The first step you need to do, is to hand a dampen skin while applying the product. In doing so, you’re telling the product, ‘Hey look, here is some moisture, why don’t you grab onto it”. After applying the product, it will benefit you if you spray a mist over it, telling the product, “Hey listen, here is some extra moisture, why don’t you grab onto this as well”.

Afterwards you just let the product settle onto your skin and wait a couple of minutes till the product is properly absorbed and set onto your skin.

Now, another tricky part. If you’re living somewhere where the climate is dry, the product will most probably want to grab onto more moisture after a couple of hours, and since it won’t be finding any from the air, it can grab onto the one present in your skin. So, its very necessary to use a moisturizer over this so you lock on all the moisture that is present in the acid and in your skin.

Skin care routines are fun to follow, but they need to be meticulously followed for you to properly benefit from them. In the end though, as always use SPF. Remember, SPF is your BFF.


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