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Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring molecule in our bodies that binds with water to give skin a plump and hydrated appearance. It is therefore a popular skincare ingredient, especially those who have dry skin and want to add in additional moisture. Introducing a new ingredient into your skincare routine can be tricky and hyaluronic acid is no exception. When I first started using this ingredient I was using it all wrong, and instead of adding in moisture, it was completely drying out my skin!
Here are 6 common mistakes to avoid when starting out with hyaluronic acid, to help you avoid irritating your skin the way I did with this ingredient!
Using too much hyaluronic acid can lead to an imbalance in your skin’s moisture levels and cause breakouts. Start with small amounts and gradually increase to find what works best for your skin.
While hyaluronic acid is great at providing hydration, it’s not a replacement for a moisturizer, or even moisture itself. Make sure to use a moisturizer after using hyaluronic acid to keep your face looking its best. If you are using a hyaluronic serum, try applying it to a damp face, and not a dry face. Hyaluronic acid needs moisture to bond to, and if your skin is dry it will draw that moisture from your skin as opposed to bonding with additional moisture and plumping up your skin.
Hyaluronic acid is best when used on skin that is free from debris. Make sure to exfoliate regularly in order to allow your hyaluronic acid products to work their best.
Sun damage can easily counteract the effects of hyaluronic acid. Make sure to use sunscreen when going outside to help protect your skin. Wearing sunscreen every day is the best thing you can do for your skin, no matter the weather!
Hyaluronic acid is an important part of your skin care routine, but it should not be the only product you use. Use a complete routine of cleansers, exfoliants, moisturisers, and other products to make sure your skin is getting all the nutrients it needs.
Make sure to store your hyaluronic acid product in a cool, dark place. Keeping it in a warm or humid environment can degrade its effectiveness.
If you are using a product with hyaluronic acid in it as one of the ingredients, then you should follow your usual skincare routine. For example, if you are using a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid in it, then carry on using your moisturiser as your moisturising step.
If you have chosen to use a hylauronic serum as an additional step in your skincare routine, the best way o apply this is on damp skin after you have washed your face, and apply moisturiser straight away over your hyaluronic acid serum. Bare in mind, everyone’s skin is different, so if your skin is responding to a different method of application, then do what’s best for your skin!