I started off writing a slightly different post about an amazing foundation that is new on the market, but it took a twist and became an in-depth look at the wonder ingredient taking the skincare, and now makeup industry, by storm. Hyaluronic Acid is actually a natural component of skin and something that young, youthful skin produces naturally; however, as we get older, production somewhat declines, more’s the pity!
The magic of this ingredient lies in its ability to retain moisture; it is capable of absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water! This is important with regard to aging because one of the hallmarks of youthful skin is it’s moisture content. As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness, plumpness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid can improve your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen the skin’s barrier. A healthy barrier looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper—hello younger looking skin! It is a real, genuine, bonafide multi-tasking, anti-ageing ingredient and deserves all the hype it gets! Hyaluronic acid also provides antioxidant defense against free-radical damage, reduces inflammation and helps the skin to heal and repair itself.
A lack of hyaluronic acid in the skin leads to a slower healing time and a higher risk of bacteria on the surface of the skin, ie: acne, and those pesky scars that just will not heal and go away. I think we’ve all been there at some stage, I’ve had a spot that has come and gone in 3 days but the scar it leaves behind lasts 3 months – and I don’t pick my spots! – A combination of witch hazel and rosewater is your best friend here.
Who needs hyaluronic acid? Everyone in their teens and over, this isn’t an anti-ageing skincare ingredient that should only be used once you’re over 40. No, if you have been partying, smoking, drinking alcohol, feeling a bit under the weather or travelling – especially in that awful, stale, aeroplane air (yuk) that gives you dehydrated raisin face, and especially in the winter; everyone should be using something that contains hyaluronic acid in their skincare routine. Basically, if your skin is dehydrated, hyaluronic acid is going to sort you right out! And even oily, combination and acnaic skin can get dehydrated, actually, even more so; that’s why your skin keeps producing so much excess oil, because it is trying to hydrate and moisturise itself. Hyaluronic acid is an absolute must-have in the months running up to your wedding day, to make sure your skin is in tip-top condition and will look wonderfully hydrated and youthful in your wedding photos. It’s also safe to use for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers – yay!
Where can I get it? Hyaluronic acid is appearing in more and more skincare products, but you need to have a close look at the ingredients list before you buy, as the further down the list it is, the less of it that is used in the product; it will appear on the list as “Sodium Hyaluronate.” Two of my favourites skincare ranges are Hydraluron by Indeed Labs, sold exclusively at Boots, and Dragon’s Blood by Rodial which you can buy online, in some department stores, or in Space NK Apothecary on Grafton Street.
Hyrdaluron is one of skincare guru, Caroline Hirons’, Hall of Fame skincare products. The little tube of Hydraluron isn’t a moisturiser itself, but essentially a concentrated shot of hyaluronic acid, that you apply a small amount of before your regular moisturiser. Even if the moisturiser you use doesn’t have this wonder ingredient in it, you get all the benefits of it by using this product. You only need a small amount, and whatever your skincare regime is, Hydraluron is always applied just before your moisturiser. It also makes whatever moisturiser you use, last much longer, as you need less of it on your skin due to the hyaluronic acid retaining the moisture within your skin. Don’t panic if when you put Hydraluron on, that your face doesn’t feel amazingly re-hydrated, you have to wait until after you’ve applied your moisturiser on top for that. Due to the popularity of the product, Indeed Labs have now developed a whole range of Hydraluron products including actual, stand-alone moisurisers. All products from Indeed Labs contain the highest quality ingredients but have a really good price point that won’t break the bank or cause the hubby to give you that horrified “you spent how much?!” look on his face – never a good thing!
Dragon’s Blood by Rodial is my other favourite skincare product if you’re looking for a range that packs a hyaluronic acid punch. Don’t be put off by the name, they’re a strange lot, Rodial; they’ve got other ranges called Bee Venom, Cougar Skin and something about snakes. Anyway, the Dragon’s Blood range features an eye gel, serum, moisturiser with SPF, a face mask and a tonic to name just a few and is popular among celebrities. I love, love, love this moisturiser; it feels amazing and leaves your skin feeling so soft and hydrated and really “moisturised,” which is exactly what you want with a “moisturiser!” Although it’s not technically an anti-ageing range, the nature of hyaluronic acid is to retain moisture within the skin and plump it out, therefore reducing and plumping out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Both these ranges can be used for all skin types, even sensitive skin. The Dragon’s blood range price is somewhat high-end but not luxury, with 50ml of moisturiser setting you back €54 which is actually really great for the variety and quality of ingredients used. PS. No actual dragons were harmed in the making of this range of products, it’s the name of the red medicinal sap from a South American tree which literally translates as “dragon’s blood.”
I hope you have enjoyed this post, and it has inspired you to get hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine just in time for the harsh winter months ahead. Between the cold wind outside and the central heating inside, it’s not long before our skin gets really dehydrated.