Name: Hyaluronic acid (HA) which can be found in both liquid (a mix) or powder form (also known as hyaluronan).
Good For: most skin types.
Why: Hyaluronic acid is an effective moisturiser for dry skin that will aid in rebuilding skin resilience and volume, and the form of this ingredient makes it suitable for almost all skin types to use (especially oily or acne-prone skin which may also be dehydrated).
Hyaluronic acid is a nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan, which are highly polar and will attract water. HA is found across the human body within our tissue. In a 2014 article in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology on the efficacy of hyaluronic acid, it is noted: “As we age, the amount of HA in the skin decreases and by the time we become adults, this amount decreases to five percent of baseline.”*.
A 2012 article in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology looked at the effects of an HA topical facial gel on facial seborrheic dermatitis (a common skin condition with symptoms of red, itchy, scaly or inflamed skin – often affecting areas where oil-producing glands are present) and stated: “Topical low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid resulted in improvement… [and] is another option that may be considered for the treatment of facial seborrheic dermatitis in the adult population.”
As such, we recommend an animal-product free hyaluronic acid gel or serum for skin requiring hydration as an alternative to oil-rich or glycerin-rich products.
*Note: this article is based on a sponsored product trial, so no data from its results has been referenced or taken into formal consideration for this article.
Do you find hyaluronic acid to be an effective tool to hydrate your skin? Let us know in the comments!