|Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, SPF|
I’ve been testing our Hyaluronic Acid products for the past 6 – 9 months. This is my experience, we all have different skin types and different environmental types, so please remember this is just my experience, I’m hoping it’s useful!
In brief, hyaluronic acid works by drawing moisture from its surroundings, binding with water molecules and then making them available to the skin to absorb. Your skin doesn’t absorb hyaluronic acid, the molecules are too big for your skin. You have hyaluronic acid naturally within your body, this depletes as we age, so a hyaluronic acid product is a good way of helping to keep our skin hydrated as we age.
I initially started using, the now well known, Hydraluron from indeed labs. I used this after I’d cleansed and toned. It is a gel like product that is slightly tacky to the touch. I used this for a few months on a off and noticed every time I used it, my skin was drier the next morning. This progressed and I ended up with horrible lumps and spots. So I stopped using it and my skin cleared up. This started my investigations into hyaluronic acid and other ways of using it. Next up were a number of samples from Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I used this at night in the same fashion. I noticed a difference quicker, my skin became drier and drier, feeling papery. I got some lumps and spots too. So I stopped using these too.
After some more investigation I learnt I could apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin and this should stop your skin drying out. So I tried that, no luck unfortunately and my skin dried out.
|Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, SPF|
Finally I thought I should try a moisturiser. I went with the Nivea Cellular Anti-Aging night cream. This has a short-chain hyaluronic acid, so I thought maybe it would be easier on my skin. I have to say I’ve had the best results with this product. It’s not overly moisturising though and I couldn’t use it regularly.
What I’ve learnt. Hyaluronic acid does not work for me. I had a few people bleet at me that it’s long term and I should stick with it and I felt stupid and guilty about it not working for me. So I did even more research and discovered some information, that I had to really dig for! Hyaluronic acid will draw moisture from the easiest source so to speak. In this case it drew the moisture from my skin. This normally only happens in arid climates, so I’m not sure why it’s happened to me. I live in a costal town, the water is very hard and I work in an environment where the central heating is on quite a bit. So something in this combo is not helping with the hyaluronic acid. Something else to note, you will always know your skin and how it feels much better than anyone else. Always listen to your skin.
Here are some resources that I found useful. Smart Skin Care on how hyaluronic acid works, Skin Type Solutions article on hyaluronic acid, Skinacea article on why hyaluronic acid may be drying and Vivawoman article on why hyaluronic acid may be drying
Instead of using hyaluronic acid I’ve decided to investigate Retinol. This seems to be working better for me, my skin is greatly improving and I’m happy thus far. I’m using La Roche Posay Redermic R treatment, I apply a pea-sized amount every 3rd night. I also make sure I use and SPF the next day on my face no matter the weather. I will do a proper review on retinol in future when I’ve tried it a bit more.