As we age, our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness, pliability, and plumpness. So that’s where Hyaluronic acid swoops in, delivering its ability to replenish moisture that is crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin.
At the same time, it revitalises skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and, glowingly hydrated to instantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re a hyaluronic acid convert, you probably know all that already.
But what if we were to tell you that you might be applying it wrong?
According to the experts, the hero ingredient actually needs to be applied to damp skin in order to work. In fact, applying it to a dry complexion can have the opposite effect to what is intended, and actually leave skin more dehydrated.
Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet, but if your skin is a bit dry, it pulls any residual moisture from the deeper layers of skin to hydrate the surface. In that case, you need to apply it to moist skin – which is why you should mist first and then apply a hyaluronic acid treatment afterwards.
Once hyaluronic acid comes into contact with water, it knows what it’s doing and your skin will end up supremely hydrated and plumped.
It makes sense when you think about it – hyaluronic acid doesn’t contain any water itself, therefore the more hydration you combine it with, the better it performs. Think of your regime as a hydration ‘sandwich’ – spritz your face with water, apply the hyaluronic acid treatment, then spritz again.