TaraLee has always loved DIYs. It started with home decor, then eventually she was making her own deodorants, body washes, and facial soap. She now shares her vegan and cruelty-free skincare formulations on her YouTube channel, which has almost 200,000 subscribers.
In this article, TaraLee goes over all the reasons to love hyaluronic acid. Learn more about the different types and what they can do for your skin below.
The benefits of using hyaluronic acid
Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the most important parts to achieving healthy glowing skin. You can achieve hydrated skin by implementing humectants into your skin care products.
Hydrating your skin shouldn’t be confused with moisturizing your skin. These are two different things and I believe that hydration often is overshadowed by moisturizing, since most people seem to think they are the same thing, but they are not. A good way to know the difference between hydrating and moisturizing ingredients is that hydrating ingredients are typically water based, while moisturizing ingredients are oil based.
Since hyaluronic acid is a water-based ingredient, that makes it a humectant. Its ability to draw moisture into the skin is outstanding. Hyaluronic acid can actually hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is definitely a must-have in everybody’s skincare routine - no matter what skin type you have.
The different types of hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is actually found naturally in our skin. It is the gel between skin cells that serves as a water reservoir for cells. As we age, our skin loses hyaluronic acid and the ability to hold water in this reservoir. Applying new hyaluronic acid to the skin may help replace the loss of hyaluronic acid in our skin. Keeping skin hydrated, plump, and appearing more youthful.
There are many different types of hyaluronic acids. Ultra-low molecular weight, high molecular weight, and different weights in between. A low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can penetrate the skin deeper, while a high molecular weight hyaluronic acid is likely to settle on the surface of the skin and create a film. Although there are still perks to using a high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. A high molecular weight hyaluronic acid can create gorgeous gels, which are perfect for serums and jelly masks. You can also reduce the effect of the hyaluronic acid creating a film on the skin by applying the serum or mask onto damp skin.
Hyaluronic acid draws in moisture from the air and its surroundings. So applying it to damp skin gives the hyaluronic acid more moisture to absorb producing better results. When applying a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, you don’t have to worry about applying it onto damp skin.
Another tip I’ve learned from using hyaluronic acid for many years is that it performs best in humid climates. So if you don’t live in a humid climate try applying your hyaluronic acid serum after the shower when your bathroom is still humid and remember, make sure your skin is damp and always follow with a moisturizer to lock in all the moisture.
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