8 Reasons Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
8 Reasons Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
July 15, 2019  Kate Somerville

For anyone who already follows a regular skincare routine, hyaluronic acid is probably nothing new. However, if you’re just starting to develop a new skincare regimen or want to learn more about the specific ingredients that will benefit your skin, hyaluronic acid in skincare may be a game changer. It’s considered the top ingredient for increasing hydration in skin. And while the body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, as you age, it becomes more challenging to keep skin hydrated. Which is why hyaluronic acid is such a sought after ingredient when it comes to revitalizing the look of skin dullness, dryness, lines and wrinkles. Often, we mistake these signs of skin dehydration for signs of premature aging that cannot be helped. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking you needed “more moisturizer!” only to discover that adding a heavy cream to your face made it oily AND still dull and tight, it’s not oils your skin craves. It’s hydration.

Enter hyaluronic acid. Able to hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid pumps skin full of hydration, visibly plumping skin and smoothing the look of lines and wrinkles. This water-based hydration is lightweight and gives skin a dewy radiance that makes skin look revitalized.

We already told you hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body. Here’s how and why. Hyaluronic acid is found throughout the body’s connective tissue. It’s the substance responsible for helping your skin look hydrated, which in turn helps create a youthful, glowing complexion. In addition to giving skin cells the moisture they need, hyaluronic acid also aids in anti-aging, skin elasticity, and helps to minimize facial redness. 

Because of its many benefits, it’s no wonder that products listing hyaluronic acid as an ingredient have become so popular. It’s found in everything from cleansers and toners to night serums. Whether you’re looking to maintain your youthful-looking skin, want to turn back the clock a bit on skin that’s aging, or simply want to revitalize dull, dry skin, our Skin Health Experts reveal their top reasons you will want to add this super star ingredient to your skincare routine.

Reason #1: Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, it requires a sufficient amount of water to function and look its best. Unfortunately, most people lack adequate hydration because they don’t drink enough water throughout the day. Dehydrated skin may look dry and tight and can become flaky if not properly hydrated over time. This is especially true during winter months when skin is prone to losing moisture from cooler temperatures, harsh wind, and other environmental factors. 

In addition to drinking water as a healthy habit, you’ll want to choose products that contain hyaluronic acid to help give your face and neck a boost of daily hydration. Our founder Kate designed a patented hydration treatment, DermalQuench, to help deliver immediate hydration to the skin. Inspired by the #1 oxygen treatment customers swear by at our Skin Health Experts Clinics in Los Angeles and New York, our at-home advanced hydration treatment combines radiance-boosting oxygen with super hydrating hyaluronic acid to visibly smooth, plump and revitalize skin instantly. Kate calls DermalQuench “a game changer” because when used morning and night after cleansing and exfoliating, lines, wrinkles, dullness and dryness are diminished, revealing dewy, refreshed-looking results.

In an independent study, 100% of people who tried DermalQuench showed a significant improvement in skin hydration and elasticity. In addition to key ingredients oxygen and hyaluronic acid, the treatment also includes Sichuan pepper extract and polyglutamic acid, which help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boost moisturization in the skin. 

Reason #2: Helps to Slow Down Skin Aging

Skin aging is determined by biology as well as external factors. There are certain genetic contributors that will affect the skin regardless of any treatment or preventative action. That’s not to say there aren’t solutions to help keep the skin looking youthful for longer. One of the main factors that affects the way the skin looks is the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Whether you’re 20 or 80, protecting skin from the sun is essential to skin health. It also helps keep skin looking younger, so regardless of your age, consider applying daily SPF starting today.

As Skin Health Experts, we know adding SPF to your morning skincare routine can feel cumbersome, especially after applying makeup. But applying sunscreen daily not only helps protect against skin cancer. It helps prevent premature skin aging, which manifests as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and over time, can cause skin atrophy. 

Another downside of too much sun exposure? Skin dehydration. Even if you have oilier skin, you can still experience the effects of skin aging from a lack of hydration. To keep skin healthy-looking and hydrated, simply apply a fine mist facial sunscreen every morning after your makeup. Our Kate Somerville “UncompliKated” is a fine mist face sunscreen that has SPF 50 and instantly sets makeup and leaves a matte finish.

Remember, applying sunscreen isn’t just for beach or pool days. It’s for every day. There are a number of benefits of sunscreen. Protect your skin on a daily basis by applying a thin layer of our facial sunscreen before you even step foot outside the house. 

Reason #3: Can Reduce Visible Redness

Growing up, our founder Kate struggled with eczema. Her skincare journey eventually turned into a career where Kate continues looking for innovative solutions to specific skin concerns. If you, like Kate, have eczema or are prone to redness, you don’t have to suffer in silence. And here’s how hyaluronic acid can help. It’s an ingredient that helps the skin maintain its moisture without causing further irritation. Because your skin is somewhat sensitive or reactive, start with a simple skincare routine that utilizes a gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and any products specifically made with hyaluronic acid or are designed to help with eczema. DermalQuench Liquid Lift can be a great product for hydrating skin without causing irritation or redness.

Please note: Skincare isn’t meant to be a medical solution. It’s important to speak with your dermatologist to find out for sure what’s causing flare ups and follow their direction accordingly. Sometimes what may seem like eczema may be an allergic reaction to an environmental trigger, new medication, or a food aversion. It can also be an indicator of something else in the body, in which case a skincare product won’t work on its own. 

Reason #4: It’s Not Just a Trend

As Skin Health Experts, we know how much skincare hype is out there. We also know there’s no shortage of skincare products and trends that have hit the market claiming to create youthful-looking skin. However, hyaluronic acid for skin has been used successfully for many years. Since this acid is created naturally within the body, it’s not a new miracle potion and isn’t an ingredient that is only used for certain skin types. Almost everyone can benefit from this ingredient. 

One of our favorite products that uses hyaluronic acid is face serums. They’ve been used for years but have seen a resurgence recently as an essential product for all skincare routines. Our Quench Hydrating Face Serum is a favorite for individuals who suffer from dryness. This product may even help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The serum leaves the skin feeling satiny smooth and refreshed.

Based on clinically proven results, 91% of women who use Quench saw an improvement in skin texture. All you need is one pump of this serum, applied to a clean, dry face once in the morning and once at night prior to adding any other treatments. The serum is lightweight, absorbs quickly into the skin, and can be paired with other moisturizers or lotions as part of a complete skincare routine.

Reason #5: Boosts Skin Elasticity

Dull, dry skin can make a person look years older than they really are. The loss of skin elasticity is affected by several factors including dietary habits, weight loss, hormone changes, and the sun. You can also experience reduced elasticity due to lack of hydration and exposure to harsher temperatures. The addition of hyaluronic acid helps to balance out the skin and give it back the hydrating lift it needs for a youthful, glowing complexion. It’s a natural way to give the skin a boost of moisture and helps to restore the skin from the inside out. 

Certain supplements or vitamins may also benefit the skin. However, we recommend you talk to your doctor or dermatologist before adding anything to your daily intake. If you are deficient in a specific nutrient that’s causing your skin problems, your doctor will be able to help identify the root causes and provide further recommendations. 

Reason #6: Improves The Look of Skin While You Sleep

Night serums or face oils are super hydrating and can help improve the look of skin while you sleep. Ingredients like Retinol and Vitamin C deliver powerful firming, smoothing, and brightening benefits and are best used at night, away from sun exposure. When paired with Hyaluronic Acid, you get the brightening and firming benefits alongside powerful hydration that helps minimize irritation and trans epidermal water loss.

Our Kx Active Concentrates Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a high-performance serum that works great at night to replinish dryness or dullness while enhancing skin suppleness and luminosity. Just a couple drops to the face and neck at night, and you’ll wake up to hydrated, radiant-looking skin.

Reason #7: Easily Absorbs Into the Skin

Because it’s lightweight, hyaluronic acid has the ability to easily absorb into the top of skin. However, if your top skin layer is hardened due to dead skin cell buildup, many of the products in your regimen will be less effective because they are not as lightweight as hyaluronic acid and cannot penetrate beyond the hardened surface. As Skin Health Experts, we recommend cleansing the skin morning and night with the right face wash for your skin type and exfoliating at least twice a week with one of our ExfoliKate® products to keep your face clear of dead skin cells and debris. You’ll want to cleanse and exfoliate BEFORE using any hyaluronic acid products because the exfoliation allows for better absorption of the needed hydration. Once skin is hydrated, follow with any serums, then seal in the ingredients with the right moisturizer for your skin needs.

Now, because hyaluronic acid is so lightweight, it can feel cooling and gentle on the skin. It also quickly absorbs, leaving behind no greasy or sticky residue. It’s important to note that hydrating with hyaluronic acid is not a replacement step for your moisturizer. Hydration may pump skin full of water. Moisturizing replenishes skin with oils and fats that seal in the rest of your regimen. Both are uniquely important in your daily skin care routine.

If you’ve got oily-prone skin, you may be hesitant to apply so many products for fear of breakouts. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! And contrary to what you might think, avoiding hydrating and moisturizing your skin may cause skin to over-produce oils as a natural response to dryness. Instead of exacerbating your skin challenges, try using a light spray of DermalQuench in the morning, followed by our Oil Free Moisturizer to help keep oily-prone skin replenished without leaving behind a greasy finish.

Reason #8: Versatile Ingredient Found in Multiple Skincare Products

One of the best reasons to add hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine is because of its versatility. It can be found in moisturizers, serums, water gels, and hydrating treatments. When it comes to the skin, it’s one of the key ingredients in many products that are part of a regular routine. Having this extra boost of hydration in your daily skin care tool kit helps skin looking and feeling its best.

Take Your Skincare Routine to the Next Level

Ready to add hyaluronic acid to your regular skincare routine? Add one new product into your daily regimen and take note of any changes in your overall complexion. Do you notice increased hydration? Are your fine lines less noticeable? We think you’ll love the results you see with continued use of hyaluronic acid.

Got questions? Need help identifying which hydration product is best for you and your unique skin health needs? Explore our blog, browse our products, or book a virtual skin consultation with one of our trusted Skin Health Experts today.