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Could You Be Using Hyaluronic Acid The Wrong Way?

Celebrated for its skin-plumping, hydrating prowess, hyaluronic acid is pretty much a household name in the skincare world. It's in serums, eye creams, moisturisers, and its even making its way into makeup. But despite its popularity, there's often confusion about how to use it correctly. Let's sort that confusion for you now, so you can be back on your way to plump and glowy skin!


What's hyaluronic acid?

Despite what the name suggests, hyaluronic acid (HA) isn't an exfoliating acid like glycolic or salicylic, it's a naturally occurring molecule in your skin and connective tissues, and it acts as a lubricant for your skin and joints. While your skin is continuously producing HA, its levels start to decline from the effects of environmental stressors (pollution, smog, UV rays). 

In the skincare world, HA is classed as a 'humectant', meaning it draws moisture from its environment to hydrate the surface layers of your skin - and its one of the most effective ways to hydrate your skin. What makes HA a powerhouse ingredient is its ability to hold a large amount of water. Just one gram of HA can hold up to six litres of water, making it the type of water retention we actually like!

The surprising truth about HA

Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty. Popular as it is, there's a fair share of misconceptions about this skin-loving molecule. Because without the right conditions, HA can leave your skin feeling parched, dehydrated, and tight. It can even evaporate the existing moisture from your skin. To harness its water-binding magic, you need to understand how it operates...

Start with a hydrated base

Give HA a source of moisture to draw from by ensuring your skin is well-hydrated before applying a HA serum. Simply dampen your face by using your hand to pat in water from the tap, spritz a facial mist, or spritz a toner. Then, apply your HA serum to your dampened skin. This will ensure that the HA doesn't inadvertently draw moisture out our your skin, potentially causing dehydration and irritation.

Layer with a moisturiser

Think of HA as your skin's hydration partner, not the final destination. Using a HA serum is best when it's followed by a moisturiser. This duo ensures that HA has a hydrating agent to latch onto, making it even more powerful. It's a step not to skip!


When used the right way, HA is worth its weight in gold! Don't let the confusion out there stop you from reaping the benefits of this powerhouse skincare ingredient. With these simple tips, you can ensure that HA is working its magic to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Looking for a HA serum? We recommend Essence: Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid & Ceramide Serum