Hyaluronic acid is one of the biggest beauty buzzwords, a wonder hydrating ingredient that’s loved by dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts up and down the land.
If you aren’t using it yet and are looking for softer, more hydrated and glowier skin, it’s just the ticket you need in your skin regime. Read on to find out what makes it so great.
What is hyaluronic acid? What does it do for the skin?
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it attracts water from the surrounding environment. In terms of skincare products, this translates as an ingredient that will draw moisture into the layers of your skin for all-round better hydration.
Probably the biggest selling point is its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water – which is important when dealing with dehydrated skin.
According to skincare brand Grace & Stella, “The primary function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water to keep your skin hydrated at all times, so you can think about it as a BIG drink of water for your tissues.”
It adds, “Because of HA’s moisture-retaining properties, your skin will latch onto all of those water molecules trying to slip away. Skin that retains moisture also retains elasticity, resulting in less wrinkling throughout the years.”
How do you add hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine?
The easiest way to factor hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine is to grab yourself a serum, used after cleansing and toning and before you apply your moisturiser.
A HA serum can be used either morning or evening and, if you’re using others in your skincare routine, they should be applied from thinnest to thickest consistency.
To get you started you can bag yourself a travel size bottle of Grace & Stella’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum for just £7.50* when you sign up to the OK! Beauty Box.
You’ll also snap up four other hydrating skincare products, all worth a combined total of more than £90, to help see your skin through the winter months.
Monthly boxes cost just £15 thereafter and the contents will always be worth at least £60 – a real beauty bargain!
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