Every season or two we get a new “hero” ingredient. It’s written about in magazines, touted by bloggers and influencers, and omnipresent in every new product released. Remember when alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) were all the rage? Lately, it’s the hyaluronic acid that has stolen the stage. Although it sounds like a novel discovery, topical hyaluronic acid has been widely used in cosmetics for decades. As the featured ingredient in face washes, serums, and various gels, hyaluronic acid is really having its day in the sun. The good news: it’s safe and generally affordable. The not-so-good news: it may be drying your skin out.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture form its surroundings. A single molecule can hold as much as 1,000 times its weight in water. Sounds great? It is… it’s a quick and effective way to moisturize your skin if you live in a relatively humid climate. Looking to dab some on in a dry climate like California or Arizona? Put the bottle down. Hyaluronic acid pulls moisture from the environment and delivers it to the skin; in the absence of humidity, it will pull the moisture from your skin, leaving it feeling and looking parched. Using hyaluronic acid when your skin needs it most (forced dry heat wreaking havoc on your skin in the winter months) is not the best idea.
Seal in the moisture by applying ASL on top of the hyaluronic acid. ASL’s organic collagen formula stands on its own, but it can also help activate and supercharge your hyaluronic acid routine.