With a name containing the word “acid” you wouldn’t be judged for proceed with caution. Don’t let the names fool you, they may sound as though they deliver similar results, but in fact you’ll be amazed when teaming these powerhouse ingredients together.
The only question left is, can I use hyaluronic acid after glycolic acid? That is exactly what we will be answering in today’s blog post, and if you have any questions about each of these ingredients you can check out the dedicated blog posts.
When comparing the two together, it is very much apparent that both ingredients complement each other effectively. Glycolic acid is one of the most used of the alpha hydroxy acid and is known for having a small molecular size meaning it can penetrate the skin and unclog the pores of any dirt, bacteria, and debris. It is also able to slough away the layer of dead skin cells that sit on the surface and build-up causing a flare-up in flaky patches of skin, blemishes, and blackheads.
What goes on first hyaluronic acid or glycolic acid?
This really depends on what type of formulation each ingredient comes in. This is because the general skin rule is to apply products in the order of their consistency, starting with the thinnest, such as face wash and cleansers, working up to thicker formulas like serums, face oils, and moisturisers.
Having said that, although you’ll find glycolic acid in a variety of skincare products, the most popular is an exfoliating toner. This is probably the easiest way to reap the rewards of the chemical exfoliant whilst avoiding the negative side effects that can occur, such as dryness, irritation, and overall discomfort of the face.
As for hyaluronic acid, the most used skincare product containing the humectant is usually serums or moisturisers. By applying a product that remains on the skin for the longest amount of time will ensure you reap the hydrating rewards. With a continuous flow of hydration for the skin, you’ll maintain the strength of the protective barrier enabling it to ward off any damage caused from exposure to free radicals, such as UV rays, pollution, central heating, and other environmental aggressors. Following glycolic acid with hyaluronic acid will also ensure any signs of dryness and irritation are combatted with moisture successfully locked into the skin.
What should you not use glycolic acid with?
Ideally, you would want to avoid using glycolic acid with vitamin C. This is because vitamin C is also an acid that delivers very similar results for the complexion but works differently on the skin. With a history of being unstable, vitamin C needs to be introduced into your routine with caution as it does not play nicely with other ingredients. You’ll also find that the pH levels of these active ingredients can throw off the natural pH balance of the skin which can lead to irritation, allergic reactions, and signs of redness.
Much like all skincare products and ingredients, especially if they are new to your routine should undergo a patch test for 24 hours before they are applied to the face, this will help avoid any unwanted reactions.
What should I use after glycolic acid toner?
After using an exfoliating toner enriched with glycolic acid you should follow it with a nourishing and hydrating moisture. Opting for a formula that contains moisturising actives, such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide will help soothe and calm the skin counteracting the drying effects of the potent AHA.
You may also find that you need to build the skin’s tolerance for the acid and if you wanted to use a formula that contained higher percentage it’s best to start with using a toner. This is because it remains on the skin for a shorter amount of time compared to serums and will result in less irritation.
Are glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid the same?
Don’t let the names fool you, although they are both acids hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid work in very different ways. Glycolic acid provides impressive exfoliating properties, ridding the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria, and other impurities. Working in the pores and outer surface of the skin you can combat blemishes, signs of ageing, and lacklustre complexion.
As for hyaluronic acid, with the humectant traits of this acid you’ll find that any water surrounding the face will be locked into place combating signs of dryness and helping to strengthen the protective skin barrier keeping any skin damage at arm’s length. Not to mention the nourishing benefits of using hyaluronic acid will prevent the common drying side effects of glycolic acid keeping the skin comfortable and happy.
When should I use glycolic acid in routine?
You can use glycolic acid twice a day, although many skin experts suggest to only apply it in your evening routine as it’s considered to increase photosensitivity to sun exposure. If, however, you are wanting to use glycolic acid in the mornings there is nothing stopping. Everyone’s skin is different and over time your skin would have built a tolerance to the potent powerhouse meaning you would be able to use it more frequently without having to second guess how your skin will react. Just make sure you continue to apply a daily SPF of 30 and above, even on a gloomy, rainy day to protect the skin from sun exposure.
Should I use moisturiser after hyaluronic acid?
Absolutely, not only will this create a physical barrier helping any active ingredients found in other formulas to deliver result undisturbed, but the water found in the moisturiser’s own formulation will give hyaluronic acid a helpful boost. What I mean by this is the humectant will be able draw water in from the atmosphere surrounding the face as well as any found in other skincare products.
Should your face be wet when applying hyaluronic acid?
Yes! Your hyaluronic acid will adore you for keeping your face slightly damp when applying your HA product. This will ensure the acid hits the ground running and ensure it remains healthy, hydrated, with a fully functioning skin barrier.
So, there you have it a little more information about whether you can use hyaluronic acid after glycolic acid. Don’t forget to come and join us over on Procoal’s Instagram for more skin expert tips and advice on any questions you may have, looking forward to seeing you there!