What Is Hyaluronic Acid And How Do I Use It?

Hyaluronic acid may have been last year’s beauty buzzword, but it’s this year’s must-have ingredient – and it’s so easy to add into your routine. 

Here’s everything you need to know about hyaluronic acid. 

What is hyaluronic acid? 

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the human body – it acts as a magnet, drawing in and retaining moisture in a binding process that instantly improves skin’s hydration levels. Each molecule has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water (for every gram of hyaluronic acid applied, that’s six litres of water!). 

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid? 

– Hydrated skin is healthy skin and healthy skin can heal faster. So if you suffer from breakouts or scars, you’ll notice them healing much faster when you’re using hyaluronic acid in your routine. 

– Skin feels soft, plump, and pillowy, and looks brighter and clearer. 

– Lines, wrinkles, and loose skin are plumped up so appear less obvious. 

– Because of its ability to attract, draw in, and retain moisture, using hyaluronic acid before applying your serums and moisturisers will massively help to improve their hydrating benefits. 

Who is hyaluronic acid suitable for? 

Everyone and anyone. Despite its name, hyaluronic isn’t like other acids, which have exfoliating properties that can be harsh and stripping. No matter what your age or skin type, you can always benefit from added hydration – even sensitive and oily skin will receive hyaluronic acid well. 

How and when should I use it? 

You can use hyaluronic acid as often as you like, both morning and night. If your hyaluronic is in serum form, apply it to dry skin after cleansing/toning and before moisturising. If it’s in moisturiser form, it’s going to be the last product you apply before you go to bed/do your makeup. For best results, don’t wait for your previous product to absorb – applying hyaluronic acid to damp skin will help to improve absorption.

Beauty Editor's Picks

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Day Cream

Thanks to the potent amount of hyaluronic acid in this moisturiser, skin feels hydrated pretty much instantly, making this cream the perfect remedy if you suffer from dry skin, uncomfortable tightness, and fine lines. The gel-like texture absorbs quickly, leaving skin with a silky-smooth base, perfect for makeup. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Arguably one of the first serums to bring hyaluronic into the mainstream (by literally placing the ‘H’ word on the product label!), this serum uses three different types of hyaluronic acid (plus vitamin B5) to penetrate through all layers of skin. Whether you use it neat or layer it, you’ll soon see a difference. 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Treat your skin to a powerful hit of hyaluronic acid with Peter Thomas Roth’s aptly named Cloud Cream – it contains a huge 30% hyaluronic acid which literally quenches skin’s thirst with visible results. We’re talking supple, elastic, smooth, radiant – the list goes on…