When it comes to popular ingredients to keep skin hydrated, Hyaluronic Acid frequently holds the top spot on must-have lists.
Often referred to as HA, the molecule is a natural substance in the skin – a group of carbohydrates that works to maintain elasticity. It is what we know as a “moisturizer”, meaning it works like a sponge to help the skin retain water and leave it firm and hydrated.
However, as we age, our natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid are slowly reduced, leading to loss of tone, loss of skin elasticity and deepening wrinkles. That’s why it’s become such a popular ingredient in skin care – in fact, just one gram can probably hold six liters of water, and research suggests it can help protect the skin from environmental aggressors, such as pollution. The best thing is that it works for every skin type – especially in the form of serum, because it can be absorbed more easily and can work at a deeper level.
If you are already using a product with Hyaluronic Acid, you probably already know all this. But what if we told you you could do this wrong? According to experts, this popular ingredient must be applied to damp skin to work. In fact, applying it on a dry face can have the opposite effect, namely to dehydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid is like a magnet for moisture. If the skin is dry, it will draw any residual moisture from the deep layers of the skin to moisturize the surface. That’s why you need to apply Hyaluronic Acid on damp skin – first clean your face and then immediately apply a serum with Hyaluronic Acid. When Hyaluronic Acid comes in contact with water, it begins to act and your skin will be extremely hydrated and will regain its density.
If you think about it, it makes sense: Hyaluronic acid itself does not contain water, so the more it comes in contact with moisture, the more effect it has. The care routine should be like a moisturizing “sandwich” – spray your face with water or facial spray, apply the treatment with Hyaluronic Acid, then spray again or apply a moisturizer with aqueous texture.
The choices of AVRA Institute specialists are:
- Hyaluronic Acid Supreme Hydration from SkourasMed, a face serum that restores firmness and moisturizes the skin, instantly improves the appearance of the face by filling the wrinkles on the inside, helping the skin to regain its density and radiance.
- Hydrating Serum from PCA Skin, which is formulated with antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide and provides hydration without clogging pores, leaves the skin soft, revitalized and hydrated, while reducing inflammation.
- Hyaluronic Acid Injection: Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers, such as JUVÉDERM, offer a range of alternative solutions for personalized treatments that naturally improve facial features, providing lasting but not permanent results, with Hyaluronic Acid generally resorbing in 6-12 months after the procedure. However, the effects are prolonged due to the increase in collagen production in the treated area. The procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes.