Whether it's the chilly winter air, the sun's ferocious rays, the wrong soap or spending too much time in hot water (actual hot water, not the kind you get into when you mess up with your partner), there are plenty of dry skin dangers lurking around every corner. But you're certainly not helpless in the fight for a fresh outer layer. In fact, the answer to life's biggest questions (well, at least the ones that have to do with dry skin) might be right inside of you. That answer? Hyaluronic Acid (HA).
"Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in your skin and delivers a sustained supply of water that keeps your skin looking plump and smooth," says Katy Bacon, Education Head for Murad Australasia. "These molecules can grab and hold up to 1,000 times their weight in water, which can help lock hydration into your skin where you need it most."
While some of this skin-hydrating superhero does reside within you, your HA resources start to deplete with age. But as we all learn when we get older, we get by with a little help from our friends. In this case, your friends are a lineup of dependable hyaluronic acid products that help hydrate skin. But which is right for you? An epic all-rounder that everyone needs in their skincare cabinet is the Murad Age Reform Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture face cream. This rich, yet lightweight face cream locks in optimal moisture for 24 hours once applied. Find out which other hyaluronic acid skincare products you should add to your routine below.
Pssst...yeah, you! Learn more about the power of hyaluronic acid and see what else it can do for you.
The secret's in the serum
Get your HA mission off to a strong start with a hyaluronic acid serum. Hitting your skin with a dose of hydrating serum after cleansing is one of the best ways to introduce this saintly substance to your face.
Besides your standard dry skin issues, hyaluronic acid serums can also do work by fighting the good fight on the fine lines and wrinkles front. Deploy some Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 Night Serum if you're looking for some help turning back the clock after the sun goes down. For more of an all-rounder that will grab hold of that moisture and lock it in tight where it belongs, check out Aspect Hydrating Serum which combines hyaluronic acid with the goodness of niacinamide.
Make hyaluronic acid moisturiser a must
A key ingredient in your morning and night time routines, proper moisturising methods are perhaps the first place you should look when trying to sort out dry, dehydrated skin. One way you can level up your skincare is by adding a hyaluronic acid moisturiser to your skincare cabinet.
If you have combination skin or fall on the oilier side of the skin spectrum, you might be afraid of adding any more shine to your look, but moisturising is still important. Murad Clarifying Oil-Free Water Gel is a must for combo skin queens, because it's full of HA goodness but is still lightweight. Another great shout, especially if you're often out and about, is the asap Moisturising Daily Defence SPF50+, which adds in all-important SPF protection.
The woman in the hyaluronic acid mask
Over the past 12 months we've all had plenty of practice wearing masks. Now it's time for you to don the kind that's going to help you feel rejuvenated and fresh instead of foggy and damp. Hyaluronic acid masks give you a chance to relax and let the HA in slowly, surely and safely.
The BIOEFFECT Imprinting Hydrogel Facial Mask is infused with Hyaluronic Acid to attract up to 1000x its weight in water, along with Glycerin to reinforce your natural moisture barrier - hello plump, glowing skin! If you want to target your lips, Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Lip Masks bring the hydration to combat dry, cracked lips affected by the harsh Aussie sun.
Keep your eyes on the hydration prize
The eye area can be a particularly troublesome part of your face when it comes to maintaining young, youthful skin with a great glow. Hyaluronic acid eye cream can help minimise puffiness while also smoothing out any roughness.
Medik8 Advanced Night Eye Cream is a great addition to your nightly routine that delivers HA and a myriad of powerful antioxidants to rejuvenate tired eyes overnight. For those wanting to focus on anti-aging remedies, the BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Mask Treatment combines an anti-ageing eye serum with six hydrogel eye masks to smooth and revitalise the skin around your eyes.
Did somebody order some tasty HA?
Katy says that, along with adding hyaluronic serums, moisturisers and other products to your self-care setup, you should also look to your plate for hydration.
"In addition to drinking enough water, remember to eat your water too," she says. "Water-rich fruits like watermelon and spinach help your body hold more water and nutrients that boost skin health."
While we here at Oz Hair & Beauty can't help you with the edible additions, we certainly can hook you up with the HA products you need to succeed in your quest for replenished, hydrated skin. Check out our huge collection of HA products today and find ones that slot into your skincare routine smoothly.