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What is hyaluronic acid and how to properly use it

What is hyaluronic acid and how to properly use it

When people say we get a new hobby during quarantine, does skincare count?

We’re nearing the end of 2020, and needless to say “this year made me a different person” (Batman voice). Between the lockdown and pandemic, along with the social and political unrest in the world, the growing list of distractions became almost as long as a Tim Horton’s line for $1 Iced Capps™ on a hot summer day. But the latest thing I have become obsessed with has been skincare.

We’ve already discussed ways to get rid of Maskne and other pesky face-cover-related skincare troubles; but there’s something I have become overly curious about after mindlessly reading packages and ingredients. Hyaluronic acid – it’s everywhere from serums to facemasks and, quite surprisingly, even fillers. 

What is it?

Hyaluronic acid is essentially a sugar molecule naturally present in our bodies. Its goal is to retain moisture, which is also why it is mostly present and beneficial to lubricate our eyes and joints. However, similarly to collagen, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our body decreases with age. We already know that what we eat greatly impacts our skin, but trying to bring back hyaluronic acid through diet changes can be very tricky. 

Where can I find it?

Long gone are the days of botox; hyaluronic acid is cheaper and less radical to fill and sculpt certain areas of the face. Juvederm products are the most popular, and effects usually wear out in four to six months, and touch ups can be done as needed. However if you’re not trying to splurge on injections (or not a big fan of needles), there are many products available with hyaluronic acid as a highlighted ingredient since many brands jumped on the bandwagon. 

How should I use it?

Dr. Julia Carroll, dermatologist and member of the Canadian Dermatology Association, recommends hyaluronic acid during winter months to replenish dry skin. Serums, moisturizers or masks that contain hyaluronic acid will attract and retain moisture efficiently. She adds that serums are a great choice for oily skin types because they are lightweight enough and can serve as a base for other creams and oils. You can easily apply makeup afterwards if that’s your usual routine; the serum won’t weigh it down or affect texture at all.

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