How To Use & Apply Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of those rare skincare ingredients that’s suited to almost any skin type. A super-potent hydrator, you’ll find this skincare hero formulated into all kinds of products – from cleansers, to face masks, to serums. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule with the power to attract and retain 1000x its weight in water, and it’s produced in the skin already, so it’s very compatible with our skin. But like with any skincare ingredient, you’ve got to know how to use hyaluronic acid serum properly to unlock its potential. If you’ve heard the hype and you’re ready to discover how to use and apply hyaluronic acid, read on for our guide.


How to use hyaluronic acid

One of the key benefits of hyaluronic acid is hydration. In fact, a single molecule can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water. The skin naturally produces HA, so beyond nourishing complexions, it’s useful as hydrator in body care too. Try the fast absorbing, dreamy texture of our Body Superfood Watermelon & Hyaluronic Acid Body Cream, made with 96% natural origin ingredients.

HA is often found in products designed to deliver a dose of intense hydration, like the revitalising Hydra Bomb Hyaluronic Aloe Vera Serum Sheet Mask. But it can deliver benefits when formulated in other skincare products too, like cleansers, serums or moisturisers. As you can tell, hyaluronic acid can be used in a skincare routine in a variety of ways depending on your skincare needs and preferences.

Combining HA with other skincare ingredients can help in targeting multiple skin concerns within a single routine, but when implementing any new product, it’s important to use alongside complementary ingredients. Ahead, learn how to apply hyaluronic acid with other skincare ingredients.


How to use hyaluronic acid and retinol

Together, hyaluronic acid and retinol make for one powerful skincare pairing. Touted for its ability to help achieve glowy skin by promoting skin cell turnover, retinol can be a beneficial addition to your skincare if you’re hoping to address texture, signs of ageing, or pigmentation. Retinol can have a drying effect though, so using it alongside hyaluronic acid can help maintain a hydrated and nourished complexion by supporting moisture retention. Retinol should always be applied to clean, dry skin after cleansing. Next, refresh your complexion with the Skin Active Hyaluronic Aloe Hydrating Serum, designed to soften, and strengthen skin with its unique blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera.

How to use hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum

Like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C is often heralded as a skincare hero – so let’s look at how to apply vitamin C and HA together. In the AM, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C can help protect complexions from the effects of external aggressors. Vitamin C can also support that juicy skin glow by promoting a brighter, firmer, and more even looking complexion – benefits that can be boosted by HA’s ability to encourage a plumper skin appearance. To get the most out of your skincare routine, apply vitamin C serum after your morning face wash to clean, dry skin. Then pamper your complexion with a HA infused sheet mask, like the Fresh Mix Tissue Mask Hyaluronic Acid.

How to use hyaluronic acid and niacinamide

When used in the same skincare routine, hyaluronic acid can enhance the skincare benefits of niacinamide. These two moisture-loving humectants work to deeply hydrate complexions – so if you’re looking intense nourishment, this could be your duo. In terms of how long to wait between hyaluronic acid and niacinamide it depends on what form you’re using these ingredients in. When layering serums, it’s always best to wait a minute or two between application to give your skin time to absorb each formula.

If you prefer to use hyaluronic acid in a cleanser formula, the Skin Active Hyaluronic Aloe Gel Cleanser can purify your complexion while maintaining the skin moisture barrier. Follow up with niacinamide infused products before applying moisturiser as the final step.

When do you apply hyaluronic acid?

When to apply hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine depends on the kinds of products you’re using – so let’s break it down.

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