For years, celebrities like Emily Blunt and Penelope Cruz have been dropping hints about hyaluronic acid when describing their highly complicated beauty regimes. Typically used in fillers and injectables, this hot ingredient is now being doted as a moisture miracle product and has been popping up in serums, sunscreens and moisturizers all across the market. So how is this going to make you look younger?
Back in 2003, The New York Times wrote an article about how hyaluronic acid (or HA, for short) was going to be the biggest ingredient to hit the beauty market since Botox. At the time, scientists extracted the ingredient from cows’ eyes and roosters’ combs — that red hangy bit on the neck — and started experimenting with injecting it cosmetically. The results were exciting! Not only did HA encourage more dewy, supple skin, but it also seemed to have incredible anti-aging capabilities. Fast forward 11 years and you’ll find tons of brands across the market plugging HA as the next big anti-aging miracle ingredient.
First off, don’t let the word acid freak you out. HA is actually a natural, molecular compound that is most commonly found in connective tissues in the eyes and joints. It acts as a cushion and lubricant and does important things like making sure your eyes have enough liquid in them. As we age, natural HA begins to decline, which is why many women begin to notice their skin getting tighter and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because the idea of putting a needle to your face is kind of extreme, beauty scientists began looking at the idea of injecting hyaluronic acid into your beauty products instead, with the hope of achieving similar results.
Creams and serums are the most common products you’ll find containing HA. Often paired with other skin-boosting ingredients like Vitamin C and retinol, HA penetrates through the skin, restoring moisture and making your face look plumper, hydrated and more youthful.
Products to Try
1. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment, $38, well.ca
Because nothing ages the face quite like dark circles under the eye, we love that this eye treatment not only reduces puffiness but also uses hyaluronic acid and glycerin to restore moisture, while pro-xylane fights wrinkles. That’s what we call a triple threat!
2. Dermalogica Pure Light, $106, dermalogica.ca
Part of the Power Bright trio, this daytime moisturizer uses red algae to even out your skin tone and protect against pigmentation, while hyaluronic acid adds a shot of moisture, protecting your skin’s barrier against water loss. Oh, and it also reduces the appearance of fine dehydration lines making you look years younger — yay!
3. Joe Fresh Radiant Face Serum, $19, available in Joe Fresh stores
For beauty bargain hunters, the new skin care line from Joe Fresh is a steal. We’re particularly excited for the Radiant Face Serum because — you guessed it — it contains hyaluronic acid. HA works with other moisture-packed ingredients including rose hip seed and buckthorn oil, which both give skin a velvety texture and an unmistakable youthful glow.
4. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque, $58, canadabeautysupply.ca
Fragments of hyaluronic acid are used to add a punch of hydration to the moisturizing thermal bath of this sensitive skin mask. This not only helps your skin retain water, but it actively smooths out fine lines, leaving your face feeling nourished and refreshed.
5. Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème Riche, $165, sephora.com
Sure, it’s a splurge, but this luxurious moisturizer from this premium Parisian brand is worth it. Free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, it uses hyaluronic acid with glycerin, grape seed oil and ceramide 2 to hydrate so your face feels like it’s (literally) been injected with moisturizer — no needles required!