I’m not very faddy when it comes to skincare. I believe in most the simples and stick to them – you know: lots of water, enough sleep, eating greens, and all that jazz.
Sometimes, however, the beauty industry starts to make a star of something worth taking note of. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the secret weapon you really need to know about. The buzz surrounding it isn’t going to go away. Essentially, HA drives normal skin function and aids hydration, as well as acting as an all-round anti-ageing agent.
I say all-round, because the list of the signs of ageing it treats aren’t just those of wrinkles, but a lot of the other physical symptoms from baldness to joint pain. As we age our natural production of HA depletes so, if you want the plump skin you had in your teens, you want to be getting some pronto.
1) HA works best when used on a sustained basis when applied to skin or taken as a supplement. Try Planet Organic’s Viridian HA capsules which are a good vegetarian option and are taken with meals every day..
2) Pedro Catala, founder of TWELVE skincare, has made HA one of the twelve ingredients in the line. He advises: ‘before you buy a product containing HA, make sure that it comes from biotechnology, and not animal origin. In TWELVE products, I use HA with the biggest molecules available on the market, so it does not absorb straight into the skin but, instead, forms a invisible film to fix moisture on the surface, which helps preserve the most important characteristics of youthful, healthy skin.’ I love the TWELVE rebalancing serum to moisturise while tightening pores up’.
3) Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster serum is a brilliant source of HA. She says it ‘will lock moisture in the skin so if your skin is dull and always feels tight and dry, slot this option into your routine.’