Winter has well and truly set in, and with it bringing our coats out of hibernation, a winter get-away & snow! A drop in temperature reduces the skin’s naturally occurring oil, which acts as a protective barrier to trap moisture next to the surface. The weather, mixed with indoor heating, drys out the skin.
As the cold arrives, so does some seriously thirsty skin. The answer? Cult-favourite, Hyaluronic Acid. Although there’s no ‘one-stop-shop’ for the skin, since becoming a beauty buzzword, Hyaluronic Acid is one of the top ingredients to fight off dehydration and reduce signs of dryness.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule naturally found in our bodies. It helps to lubricate joints, skin, hair and eyes. As we age, we produce less hyaluronic acid, which contributes to why our skin begins to wrinkle. It also helps us preserve the moisture in our skin, with the ability to attract and hold several times its weight in water. Essentially – Hyaluronic Acid is our natural sponge retaining moisture in the skin. Pairing Hyaluronic Acid with daily sun protection as part of your skincare routine, you should see smoother, softer and more moisturised skin. Did we mention it’s perfect for all skin types? With no downsides to using Hyaluronic Acid, we will be stocking up!
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – $14.95
If you’re on the hunt for an affordable option, this sleek, frosted bottle is your answer to winter skin. The downside is that you almost need a degree in science to understand the difference between the rest. Although it appears ‘cheap and cheerful’ The Ordinary is far from that, with a scientific base for heroic hydration. We can confirm, with an extra boost of vitamin B5 you will be hitting all the marks.
Estee Lauder, Advanced Night Repair Intense, Reset Concentrate – $150
While the cost may seem extreme, if you’re in the mood to splash some cash, let it be on this superior hydration treatment. Advanced Night Repair provides 24-hour moisture with 15x concentrated Hyaluronic Acid. The combined high-power antioxidants to restore and refine the skin’s texture, make it all worth it.
You’ll note a difference in visible hydration and a significant boost of clarity.
Trilogy Hyaluronic Acid+ Booster Treatment – $44.99
Suppose you’re not ready for a long term relationship, speed-date hyaluronic with a two-week intensive treatment. An urban dweller’s perfect serum, enriched with acerola cherry and Schisandra helping fight radical damage, while aloe vera and rosehip nourish and boost overall skin health. It’s a match made in heaven.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Moisturiser – $65.99
Just starting in skincare, or not a serum convert just yet? Hyaluronic Acid moisturisers are the perfect substitute. La Roche-Posay is known for their high-quality ingredients & raved about for their sunscreen; this moisturiser is no exception. This moisturiser contains two pure hyaluronic acids, working on both surface and deeper hydration for the multi-approach.
Trilogy Hydrating Jelly Mask – 37.99
Why stick to serums and moisturisers when it comes to hyaluronic acid. Among the first of its kind in natural beauty, Trilogy allows you to add hyaluronic acid to all aspects of your routine. The jelly mask smooths and rejuvenates the skin, pairing HA with Kawakawa & Manuka honey to reduce inflammation, while rosehip boosts hydration.
Words: Georgia Rose Images: Life Pharmacy