Learn how to use hydrating hero ingredient hyaluronic acid for maximum effect.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is becoming well known as a high-performing ingredient delivering intense hydration to skin, but beauty insiders and skincare enthusiasts in tune with the latest developments in the industry will know that its exceptional properties work only in particular circumstances. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your hydration skincare.
The More Humid, the Better
The more humid the environment, the higher the levels of moisture. This is the perfect condition for HA — which draws moisture from the atmosphere to the outer layers of your skin — to do its work. When you spend time in a dry climate or most of your days in an air-conditioned environment, your skin also loses moisture to the atmosphere more quickly.
Consider adding a humidifier to your surroundings for a boost of environmental moisture.
Start Damp and Seal it in at the End
Applying any product, including a hydrating moisturizer, to damp skin will help it absorb more effectively than applying to dry skin — so straight after your shower or washing your face is the best moment. Look out for occlusive agents in your hydrating moisturizers that can help seal in the hydration, such as the olive extract you’ll find in Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Water Gel. Otherwise, the moisture that the hyaluronic acid has drawn from the atmosphere and the deeper layers of your skin may be lost to the environment quickly.
Pick the right Product
Not all HA products are made equal. While typical HA products work on the surface and hydrate the outer layer, the hydration magic tends to stop there. That’s why ingredients such as prebiotics are essential, which can be found in the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Water Gel. Prebiotics will stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid in your skin at a level twice as deep, and help the product work harder to deliver 50% more hydration* at the foundation of skin.
*Tested on human skin in-vitro, vs previous formula