Whether you are a beauty lover or skincare guru, you may have heard of a variety of different skincare boosters such as SPF, retinol, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and antioxidants. These boosters are supposed to help target skincare issues as well as improving the condition of your skin. A booster should be a part of your skincare routine. One booster is hyaluronic acid serum, which provides a lot of skincare benefits.
What is Hyaluronic Acid Serum?
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body. It can be found in your skin and it works by retaining water to keep your skin nourished and moist. There are plenty of benefits to adding hyaluronic acid serum into your skincare routine.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Serum
There are many benefits to using hyaluronic acid serum:
- Helps the skin to feel more supple. This happens because it binds to water to help retain moisture, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed and revitalized.
- Helps maintain high levels of water retention. Certain factors – such as aging, UV radiation from the sun and pollution – can decrease the amount of water in the skin, causing dryness.
- Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, redness and wrinkles, and can make the skin firm and smoother. Hyaluronic acid maintains the skin’s elasticity.
All in all, hyaluronic acid serum benefits the skin by boosting its appearance and keeping it revitalized.
Effects of Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid serum is safe to use, but it is important to be aware of the side effects. If you get hyaluronic acid injected as a dermal filler, you are likely to experience pain, bruising, itching and swelling. You are also likely to experience uneven and bumpy skin.
However, if you stick to applying hyaluronic acid serum – in the same way that you would apply a moisturizer or lotion – then you are not likely to experience side effects, especially because the body naturally produces hyaluronic acid anyway. But if you experience adverse side effects from using hyaluronic acid serum such as itchiness, redness or inflammation, then stop using the product and consult a doctor or dermatologist.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid Serum
If you have only just discovered hyaluronic acid serum and you want to incorporate this product into your skincare routine, then you need to start slow and start with little amounts so that your skin gradually gets used to it.
Start off by applying a few drops once a day. Like using a new skincare product, you should give yourself some time before noting how effective it is. If you notice that the hyaluronic acid serum is helping to boost your skin, then you can move on to applying it as part of your morning skincare routine and your evening skincare routine. It is best to apply a few drops of hyaluronic acid serum when your skin is damp, before applying a moisturising cream. As part of your facial skincare routine, apply hyaluronic acid all over the face before you apply your moisturizer. By applying the hyaluronic acid while your face is damp, it encourages water retention, seals in the moisture and keeps the skin rehydrated. You could even apply hyaluronic acid cream after applying the serum.
Finding the Right Serum
There are plenty of skincare brands that sell hyaluronic acid serums. It is important to search for the right one for you. Hyaluronic acid molecules are large so it is harder for those to penetrate the skin. Try to find a hyaluronic acid serum product that contains a variety of molecule sizes – especially smaller molecules – so that the serum can pass through the layers of the skin. It is best to do your research. Also, seek out a serum (or cream) with a concentration of at least 0.1%.
When searching for the right hyaluronic acid serum, it is important that you search for one that is suitable for your skin type. If you have oily or combination skin, then you need to use a water based serum. If you have dry, dehydrated, or normal skin, you should use an oil based serum.
Also, when using a hyaluronic acid serum for the very first time, do a test first. Apply a couple of drops to a small section of the skin to see how your skin reacts to it. Then, apply a few drops once a day. Once your skin is used to hyaluronic acid serum, then you can apply a few drops as part of your morning skincare routine and your evening skincare routine to lock in moisture.