So, by now you all know that hyaluronic acid is a household name, loved and adored by skincare experts and beauty fans. This clever humectant will work wonders for anyone who introduces it into their everyday skincare routine. The question is, can you use hyaluronic acid during the day? Or does it need to be applied in your morning or evening routines? All will be answered, and things will feel a lot clearer.
Should I use hyaluronic acid in the morning or night?
You can use hyaluronic acid in the morning and night! Whether you should is entirely down to you and how applying these products will fit into your daily routine.
If you are wanting to reap the rewards, I would suggest using a serum or moisturiser enriched in hyaluronic acid. This will ensure you are maintaining a healthy and fully functioning skin barrier, a vital part of combating signs of premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and other environmental aggressors.
For the best results, opt for a serum formula to apply before a moisturiser as this will result in it absorbing into the lower layers of the skin and locking moisture into the skin. By teaming this with a moisturiser you will also create a physical, protective barrier on the skin surface helping the complexion to remain healthy, glowing with a youthful bounce.
Can you use hyaluronic acid and go in the sun?
Yes, you can, although hyaluronic acid has the word “acid” in its name, it does not perform the same way as other chemical exfoliants do, such as the very popular glycolic acid and salicylic acid. What I mean by this is hyaluronic acid does not perform exfoliation to the skin when the layer of dead skin cells is sloughed off the surface revealing fresh skin underneath. This new skin is glowing and healthy, but also highly sensitive to sun exposure so any UVB or UVA rays that encounter it will cause deep rooted damage in the lower layers of the skin.
I would still strongly recommend that after you apply your hyaluronic acid enriched product you follow that with a daily SPF of factor 30 and above to ensure you are fully protecting the skin from further sun exposure and potential damage.
Do you apply hyaluronic acid before or after moisturiser?
This is very much dependant on which product you find your hyaluronic acid in. For example, to gain the best results from your skincare routine, it is considered best to apply your products in the order their consistency (from thinnest to thickest). Having said that however, many skincare experts believe that hyaluronic acid is best applied first before any other serum formulas. This will not only result in the active ingredients found in the other serum and moisturiser will absorb into the lower layers of the skin, but HA will lock water from their formulas in keeping the complexion plumped, hydrated and healthy.
Should I wet my face before using hyaluronic acid?
Yes absolutely! As you already know hyaluronic acid adores water and when it has enough on the skin surface and in the atmosphere around the face, it will ensure it can develop the best results by locking water into the skin. Try applying your hyaluronic acid to freshly cleansed and toned skin that is still slightly damp, but not too wet, allow it to dry after application and follow this with a nourishing moisturiser or face oil.
What can you not mix with hyaluronic acid?
The beauty of hyaluronic acid is the fact it can be used by almost all skin types and with almost all other skincare ingredients. However, there are some that need to be avoided just to be on the safe side, such as formulas containing a high acid concentrate, alcohol, and fragrance. It is these ingredients that are often quite drying to the skin and can often strip it of its vital oils and water levels. By applying hyaluronic acid on the top of these ingredients you’ll find it is unable to benefit the skin as well due to the fact of water it can absorb. This will not only leave your skin feeling tight, but you may find that hyaluronic acid begins to draw moisturise up from the lower layers of the skin causing more dryness and discomfort.
Can you use vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together?
Yes, you certainly can! Vitamin C is packed with antioxidants making it a highly effective ingredient to use during your morning routine. This ensures it can combat any exposure to free radical damage and restore an overall glowing complexion. As effective as vitamin C is, it does come with some precautions due to its reputation for being unstable and sometimes irritating on sensitive skins. This is when hyaluronic acid can step in and counteract the dryness and irritation caused by vitamin C. You’ll find that whilst vitamin C is able to protect the skin, hyaluronic acid can get to work ensuring the barrier is hydrated and able to protect from any further potential damage.
Don’t forget if you are wanting to find out more about using vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together, check out our dedicated blog post.
Can I use hyaluronic acid under eyes?
You can, but with caution. This is only because the skin around your eye area is around 40% thinner than the rest of your face. No doubt, you’ve realised this is the reason why this area begins to show the signs of ageing quicker than the rest of the face.
Before you use your hyaluronic acid under the eyes, I would strongly advise you consult with a doctor or dermatologist to avoid any unwanted reactions or side effects. Once you have the ‘all clear’, you take apply your hyaluronic acid to the eye area to help combat fine lines and crow’s feet remembering to apply with the ring finger for a gentler application.
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