If you have researched or seen any skincare or beauty ADs in the past few years you will have noticed two words growing more dominant, Hyaluronic Acid.
As our science and research about aging gets better, so does our skincare products. If there is one ingredient you need to give your skin a glow and help stop fine lines and wrinkles from setting in deep, it is Hyaluronic Acid (I will refer to it as HA).
So what are the bullet points for those who don’t know what HA is and why it is so important?
First, our own cells produce HA but as we age the amount we produce decreases (shocking I know, haha. Is this where the saying, "shriveling up like a prune" came into use?)
Without the abundance of HA naturally produced it makes it easy for wrinkles, dullness, and aging skin to start to take hold.
This is where HA is different from Retinol because HA is a major player when it comes to keeping our skin moist, young and glowing. Retinol helps our skin cells regenerate and renew.
Consequently, if your skin is lacking a glow and needs a refresh, look for products that have HA. Don't worry about your wallet taking a hit by adding yet another expensive item to your skincare routine. There are so many brands that offer HA serums and lotions and at affordable prices!
THE VERDICT IS IN, EXPENSIVE VERSUS INEXPENSIVE!
I test tried an expensive brand and an inexpensive brand to see if there was a major difference in quality. So, I have almost finished the expensive bottle and I am about 2/3 through the inexpensive brand and I honestly didn't notice too much of a difference between them.
THE WALLET BUSTER
The expensive brand is Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster. The consistency is a little more watery than the inexpensive brand. I did notice that after using it my skin felt like it had a glow and was dewy. The moisture lasted longer on my skin than the inexpensive brand though which is a plus. The cost was $68.00
SAVE THOSE PENNIES…
The inexpensive brand is a new brand I have been trying and loving! It is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I am loving this brand because not only do they offer great products for anti-aging but their prices are fantastic! This cost me $6.80 ( you can see why this brand is growing so popular, the price is unbelievable). If you are skeptical about the cheap price, I looked at the ingredients and they offer good things. It not only has HA but it has vitamins, algae, and is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without oil, alcohol, silicone, nuts, and gluten. They sell out fast so be sure to get alerts when the items come in stock. The difference I noticed was that it did dry very fast which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I did like that the expensive HA stayed wet and left a dewy glow. I did love the consistency which was thicker and didn't slip through my hands!
HELP! MY SKIN NEEDS A SHOCK OF LIFE!!!
If your skin needs a major glowing boost, then this treatment is going to be perfect for you!
Start with Dr.Dennis Gross's at home skin peels. I have done stories on these and if you research his peels they have won a lot of beauty awards. I can attest as someone with sensitive skin if you order the gentle set they work wonders. Start slowly to see how your skin does and over time your skin will toughen up to the peels. At first, I was only able to do once a week but now I find that 2-3 times a week is best for my skin.
After your peel (only use the peels at night), I suggest waiting a day so your skin can breathe, then start using your HA serum. Use the HA first in the morning before your lotions and makeup. Make sure you use sunscreen because HA and peels can make you more sensitive to the sun because you are making new skin. Follow up again at night and add in your Retinol as well for a double punch against fine lines and wrinkles.
As always read the products and see how your skin does. I’ve tried some HA that had a lot of fruits mixed in and they made my skin very red. On the other hand, other HA serums were too strong and made me breakout, so you will need to find what level is best for you.