Hyaluronic acid has only recently entered my sphere of beauty ingredients, after seeing it popping up all over the place as a star ingredient in so many natural skincare products and makeup. It’s hailed as a skin saviour like no other, plumping & hydrating skin, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
So what is Hyaluronic Acid and do you need it?
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid isn’t actually an acid. It’s a sugary molecule that occurs naturally in skin’s structure and connective tissue throughout the body. It helps lubricate your joints and keep things full of moisture so they stay in the right shape in the right place.
As we age, our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness, pliability, and plumpness. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to replenish moisture that is crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin.
In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water, according to this study. Lack of moisture is one of the main culprits of aging skin, which is why this ingredient—which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have when it comes to repairing your skin’s moisture barrier.
Skin types that will benefit from Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is a powerhouse ingredient that will benefit most, if not all, skin types.
Its calming, hydrating, and antioxidant properties are great for all skin types, even for rosacea-prone and eczema-prone skin.
Simply put, hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-aging properties and is also one of the premier hydrating ingredients for skin, even for oily, sensitive, or breakout-prone skin.
Oily and/or acne prone skin
Oily skin still needs moisturisers, but not the rich and heavy kind that can clog pores and make skin look even shinier. When my skin was super oily I was constantly suffering from dehydrated skin – go figure, huh? I really struggled finding a natural product that was lightweight yet hydrating. One of the best things about hyaluronic acid is that it’s super hydrating and yet lightweight. It’s perfect for those who can’t use creamy or oily moisturisers (e.g. those with acne). Where was hyaluronic acid when I needed it?!
Dry & dehydrated and/or mature skin
Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison with anything else, and at the same time revitalize skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and, especially, radiantly hydrated! That’s how it instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is also incredibly gentle, for even the most sensitive, redness-prone skin. In fact, its positive influence on skin’s surface is due in part to its natural calming benefit, which means it can help sensitive skin as well as blemish-prone skin.
Where to find it
INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation (30ml/$65) provides a natural finish and is suited to all skin types, especially dry. Uniquely formulated with organic oils, rich in antioxidants, pure minerals and Hyaluronic Acid, to hydrate and nourish the skin, blurring the line between makeup and skincare.
This is one of my favourite foundations. I find it applies smoothly, has a great colour and really delivers. I always use it with a primer underneath for optimal results, and I also recommend INIKA Certified Organic Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid (50ml/$65).
I haven’t personally tried the following moisturisers, but I’ve tried more than enough of 100% Pure and La Mav’s other products to be confident in recommending anything they create!
100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Repair Moisturiser (59ml/$54.95) is formulated to improve skin firmness, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and renew and rejuvenate the skin. Together with the antioxidant, anti-ageing action of Resveratrol and the super-hydrating properties of Hyaluronic acid, this high potency, skin transforming moisturiser naturally repairs, firms and lifts the skin to reveal a soft, smooth, supple and glowing complexion.
La Mav Organic Skin Science Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Crème ($49) is an advanced nightly repair crème is designed to revitalise, hydrate and recharge the skin all night. Helps to prevent the visible signs of ageing and is suitable for all skin types. It was also voted Best Night Cream in Nature & Health Magazine awards 2015!
La Mav Wrinkle Defense And Skin Brightening Day Fluid (50ml/$44.95) is an ideal anti-ageing treatment for those with oil and combination skin – but don’t be fooled by the name, it’s perfect for all oily, combination and acne-prone skin types. This is a light-weight, mattifying lotion is designed to reduce shine, balance and brighten the complexion as well as smooth wrinkles and fine lines. It contains natural Hyaluronic acid to maintain hydration, Licorice Extract to help control excess sebum and a unique combination of natural skin lightening extracts to target pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Even more options
EcoTan Face Tan Water ($29) will tan your face and plump your skin – how can you wake up looking any better?! As always, EcoTan delivers on great tanning products.
Andalou Naturals Brightening Lash & Lid Make-Up Remover ($14.95). Along with the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, this product also uses biotin to infuse essential protein into your lashes, while jojoba oil is a nutrient rich, organic beauty moisturiser that comforts your skin. Ginkgo extract also works to calm irritated skin ahead of a well-deserved rest, while all important Vitamin D helps to rejuvenate and heal.
Have you tried any hyaluronic acid containing products? Share your thoughts below!