In This Article
- What is Hyaluronic Acid?
- What is hyaluronic acid good for?
- What are the hyaluronic acid benefits for your skin?
- Possible Hyaluronic Acid Side Effects
- How to use hyaluronic acid in your daily routine
- Popular ingredients paired with hyaluronic acid
- Best products with hyaluronic acid
- Final Takeaway
What is Hyaluronic Acid and how can it benefit my skin?
Hyaluronic Acid has so many proven benefits and uses that it might be the most sought after and useful ingredients for your skin that we have ever seen.
Whether you are looking to stop aging, smooth fine lines and reduce wrinkles, increase collagen production or help to even out and brighten tone, HA is the right ingredient for you.
INGREDIENT TYPE: Hydrator. Hydrates your skin or hair to more youthful levels.
MAIN INGREDIENT BENEFITS: Helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your skin, improves speed for wound healing, replenished the moisture in your skin cells or connective tissue, dramatically moisturizes your skin
WHO SHOULD USE THIS INGREDIENT: Extremely helpful for those with dry or dehydrated skin however it is very beneficial to all types of skin. It is always recommended to patch test this ingredient and any new ingredient you introduce to your skin to ensure there is no irritation.
WHEN YOU CAN USE THIS INGREDIENT: For topical use it is recommended to use twice per day (morning and night) as part of your daily skin care routine.
WHAT WORKS WELL WITH THIS INGREDIENT: Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin B5
DON’T USE THIS INGREDIENT WITH: Does not currently have any known negative reactions at this time. Always consult a doctor or medical professional.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or commonly known as sodium hyaluronate in skin care is a a substance that retains moisture and is naturally occurring in every tissue of our body. The highest concentrations occur in our tissues like skin, eyes and cartilage.
It works to provide protection in our cell structures that creates a natural gel in skin cells that reserves water in our cells.
As we get older our skin loses the natural hyaluronic acid that our body produces and the ability to store water in our cells becomes more difficult. Applying new HA to our skin is the best way to hydrate those cells.
By increasing that skin moisture level we are restoring that cell structure and smoothing the lines caused due to aging.
The water storing properties make it an ideal lubricant for skin hydration and it's no wonder why more and more skin care products are using this miracle product.
When used on a regular basis, there can be visible improvement to your skin health that provides you a more youthful and supple skin structure and elasticity.
What is hyaluronic acid good for?
Hyaluronic Acid plays a major role in hydrating your skin which improves the skin elasticity and facial aging.
By using for skin wounds or hyaluronic acid to you skin care routine, you will be replacing the hyaluronic acid that occurred naturally when we are young.
It is intended to help with dry skin and clear lines in your skin layers.
What are the hyaluronic acid benefits for your skin?
Hyaluronic Acid has many incredible benefits for your skin that will make you more youthful appearance.
- Promotes more supple and healthy skin
- Reduces visibility of fine lines and wrinkles
- Relieves discomfort and dry eyes
- Regulates inflammation levels to speed up wound healing
- Helps appearance of tightness in your skin to reduce sagginess
Possible Hyaluronic Acid Side Effects
The hyaluronic acid side effects have been minimal as far as studies have shown thus far. Some people have experienced allergic reactions when topically applied.
Most of the side effects from it have been hyaluronic acid fillers from hyaluronic acid injections that typically clear up within a week or so.
Those side effects include: pain, redness, itching, swelling and bruising.
HA like all other topical skin care ingredients should always be used with a test patch before applying to your entire face.
If you are looking for injectable hyaluronic acid, we highly suggest you discuss these possible side effects with your doctor.
How to use hyaluronic acid in your daily routine
Hyaluronic Acid serums are an incredible skin care and hair care product that you can be used everyday as part of your daily skin care routine. Whether you're applying Hyaluronic Acid products for your hair, acne, oily skin, sensitive skin or any other applications, there are many ways this anti-aging ingredient can be applied.
The best way to use hyaluronic acid
Being that pure hyaluronic acid is great for all skin types, it can be used in both the morning skin care routine or the night skincare routine. The ideal way to utilize HA is in these 5 easy steps:
- Wash your face using your favorite cleanser
- Apply facial mist or toner (do not pat dry)
- Apply your hyaluronic acid serums to your damp face
- Apply facial moisturizer to not only help it absorb but seal in all that moisture
- Finish with your favorite eye cream
Now I know everyone has a different daily routine, so this is just one of the most common suggested methods.
10 Benefits to Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic Acid Serums are incredibly popular because they benefit all skin types; whether you have normal skin, dry skin or oily skin. Most people don't know that hyaluronic acid product is a carbohydrate key molecule that is naturally occurring in our bodies.
So we already have it in our skin but as we age the amount of hyaluronic acid diminishes over time. That's where the HA Hydrating Serum comes in. We need to replace what we've lost.
- Skin Hydration - Hydrates our skin moisture back to optimal levels
- Humectant - Retaining moisture and locks into the skin to absorb
- Anti-Wrinkle - Reduces the amount of fine lines and wrinkles for skin aging
- Firms and Tones - Plumps skin to appear more toned, more firm and less saggy
- Improve Skin Texture - Silky smooth results you can feel and see
- Improve Protective Barrier - Strengthens outer skin barrier for stronger, healthier appearance
- Improve Pigmentation - Helps even out and brighten skin tone
- Can Speed Wound Healing - Helps to regulate inflammation levels in damaged areas
- Can Help Treat Eczema - Hydrated skin without irritation to dry flaky areas
- Better Clarity - Stop producing excess oil to compensate for dry skin
Hyaluronic acid for hair
Even though this ingredient is typically used for a hydration boost for your face, many people are using hyaluronic acid for hair as well.
Main Benefits for using hyaluronic acid for hair:
- Plumps: The plumping effect that hyaluronic acid provides to your skin cells may also apply to your dry and damaged hair.
- Hydrates: As with the skin, your hair also needs to retain moisture. The hydration properties from HA will have the same effect on your hair fibers.
- Reduces frizzy hair: HA may seal the cuticle in your hair preventing unwanted moisture that causes the curl and frizzyness to your hair.
- Moisturizes hair porosity: Your porous hair does not easily retain water and hyaluronic acid helps to moisturize it.
- Hydrates scalp: Your scalp will have a boost of hydration that HA provides when their molecules bind to your scalp and skin.
Hyaluronic acid for acne
Hyaluronic acid serums can help to reduce the visible appearance of acne as well as redness from it. For those with acne-prone skin, using HA helps to protect your skin.
It is not suggested that hyaluronic acid will clear acne but it can be a great addition to your daily acne routine.
Some acne occurs due to over production of oil. Sebum which is an oily substance that is made by your sebaceous glands, clogs pores which is a major culprit to acne breakouts.
With HA you can control the excess oil production that will help to prevent pore blockage that leads to acne.
Hyaluronic acid for oily skin
Hyaluronic acid is the perfect choice for anyone with oily skin because it is non-comedogenic which means that it hydrates without clogging pores.
By keeping your skin hydrated and balanced, your skin will have a difficult time over producing oil.
With a hydrated skin barrier from a hyaluronic acid product, the dead skin that typically accumulates will not have a chance to and you will be left with an overall healthy and glowing appearance.
Should you use hyaluronic acid after micro needling?
While we highly suggest you consult your doctor or dermatologist, many say that HA or sodium hyaluronate not only can be used after micro needling, but is recommended in some cases to help stimulate collagen production after the procedure.
By using HA to absorb water and give plumpness and fullness to your sensitive skin, you will increase the amount of hydration needed to absorb into your skin.
Should I be concerned with hyaluronic acid and sun?
HA is not very acidic and the pH in HA is very similar to the pH in our own skin. Unlike Vitamin C, which is always recommended to be used either at night or with some SPF for during the day, hyaluronic acid does not cause for concern with the sun.
Popular ingredients paired with hyaluronic acid
HA is such a versatile and balanced ingredient that it is often used in conjunction with other ingredients. The hydration that taking HA provides make it a perfect pairing with some of your other favorite ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Vera and Lactic Acid.
HA and Retinol
Retinol has become one of the most popular skin care ingredients over recent years. Known for softening and to reduce wrinkles and fighting acne, it can cause irritation, dryness and skin aging and flaking.
That is what makes pairing it with such a hydration boosting ingredient with hyaluronic acid such a common theme.
HA and Vitamin C
Vitamin C for skin care is known to help boost collagen synthesis, fade skin discoloration, reduce skin pigmentation, exfoliate skin and brighten dark spots. These are great hydrating serums to be used daily.
By pairing this ingredient with products and hyaluronic acid you are helping to balance your overall skin health with the hydration it desperately needs.
Our AM Face Serum includes Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C to get the best of both worlds.
HA and Niacinamide
Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are both water based ingredients which makes them a very popular pairing. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 and helps to minimize pores and suppress hyperpigmentation.
Combining products containing HA creates the much needed balance to your skin with giving you a boost in hydration.
Our PM Face Serum includes Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide to get the most benefits from these incredible ingredients.
HA and Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid has become extremely popular due to its ability to help skin shed dead cells and reduce redness from inflammation. Due to those properties, Salicylic Acid has become a go to for anyone with acne.
By combining Salicylic Acid with HA you can create an incredible overall balance to your skin by maintaining the correct hydration levels.
Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known for it's incredible healing properties as well as it's hydrating properties. Aloe is commonly paired with HA to bring a boost of hydration to your skin.
Both of these ingredients work extremely well with all skin types but especially help with people who have dry or damaged skin.
Best skincare products with hyaluronic acid
We use HA in as many of our formulations as we can as long as the benefits are there. These products below include some form of HA for hydrating and plumping results.
AM Facial Serum
Our AM Facial Serum is a Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Vitamin C Serum in one that is a hydrating serum and brightening serum that should be part of your morning routine.
AM Eye Cream
The AM Eye Cream is Hydrating Eye Cream with Sweet Almond Oil, Almond Oil, Squalane Oil, Spirulina Algae, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera and of course Hyaluronic Acid. Yes it is as hydrating as it sounds.
AM Facial Moisturizer
Now our AM Facial Moisturizer is also incredible hydrating facial moisturizer with powerful ingredients like Baobab Protein, Baobab Oil, Camellia Oil, Green Tea Extract, Carrot Seed Oil, Antarcticine®, Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera.
PM Facial Serum
The Phirm Beauty PM Facial Serum is niacinamide serum with a pore reducing formula that gets help with moisture and firmness from Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid provides so many incredible benefits that help with aging, skin moisture, wound healing from taking hyaluronic acid derivatives, dry skin, pain relief and so many others.
Providing hydration to your skin when it no longer occurs naturally makes taking HA such a powerful and necessary ingredient to add to your daily routine.
Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with a board certified dermatologist or your professional skin care or healthcare provider.