Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body and functions to help retain moisture in the skin and improve the skin's natural defenses. As a person ages, the level of hyaluronic acid produced decreases so the skin loses its moisture. Therefore, it is important to restore its levels in the body. By choosing the right hyaluronic acid product or treatment and using it correctly, you can rejuvenate your skin and make it look as fresh as ever.
Method 1 of 3: Choosing a Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Step 1. Buy a serum with a molecular sized mixture so that it can be absorbed into the skin
Hyaluronic acid molecules are usually too large to penetrate the layers of the skin. You need to find a product that is available in a variety of molecular sizes to get the most out of using it on your skin.
- Lower molecular weight can penetrate deeper into the skin.
- Not all products are listed here, so it's best to look online or check with the product manufacturer for more details.
Step 2. Use a water based serum if you have oily/combination skin
This will help you avoid putting too much unnecessary oil on your skin.
Step 3. Look for a water or oil based serum for dry/normal skin
Oil-based products, which are applied to the skin's surface, will retain water on dry skin surfaces and hydrate cells without clogging pores.
Step 4. Test your product first to see if it causes a reaction on the skin
Apply hyaluronic acid to an inconspicuous area, such as behind the ear, to test its effect on the skin. The product will most likely not cause a reaction because it is also produced in the body naturally.
Use once a day or a few days in advance to ensure the product is safe in the long run
Step 5. Clean your face and apply toner as usual
Continue your routine of cleansing your face until before adding moisturizer.
Step 6. Apply a thin layer of hyaluronic acid serum to moisturize the skin
The moisture already present on the skin allows the hyaluronic acid serum to be better absorbed. Hyaluronic acid works by retaining moisture, so you'll need to add something to it for the hyaluronic acid to work.
Step 7. Use hyaluronic acid serum in the morning and evening
In the morning, hyaluronic acid can provide additional moisture to the skin so that the skin is soft all day long. When used at night, hyaluronic acid will help restore moisture lost during daytime activities.
Method 2 of 3: Using Hyaluronic Acid Cream
Step 1. Choose hyaluronic acid cream to retain moisture
Because moisturizing creams stick to the skin's surface, hyaluronic acid works by holding moisture within the skin's surface. Adding a hyaluronic acid moisturizer to your skincare ritual will usually give you the best results from a hyaluronic acid treatment.
Step 2. Look for hyaluronic acid with a concentration of at least 0.1% in the cream
If it is less than this level, the effectiveness of the moisturizing cream will decrease. Research shows that high levels of hyaluronic acid are effective in hydrating the skin and maintaining skin elasticity.
If your skin is sensitive, you may want to opt for a lower strength hyaluronic acid formula to avoid the risk of a reaction or dryness
Step 3. Add hyaluronic acid to your regular moisturizer
If you have a moisturizer that is already working well on your skin, simply add hyaluronic acid to it to reap the benefits.
Check the ingredients in your product to make sure you're getting the right concentration of hyaluronic acid
Step 4. Apply as often as needed
It's safe to use hyaluronic acid every time you do your skincare routine. This will depend on each person's routine and needs, but the addition of hyaluronic acid will not affect your skincare schedule.
Method 3 of 3: Getting Hyaluronic Acid Filler
Step 1. Consult a dermatologist to use hyaluronic acid to improve skin
If you want to get rid of lines or scars, ask a medical professional about injecting facial fillers with hyaluronic acid. This will allow the hyaluronic acid to be absorbed behind the first layers of the skin, making it more effective at repairing the skin at a molecular level.
Step 2. Choose a licensed healthcare provider
Research in advance and ask about their experience with facial injections, then discuss a number of treatment options before deciding to undergo a hyaluronic acid filler treatment. Make sure they are using licensed substances, according to the laws in your area.
Step 3. Know the risks of facial injections
The side effects of hyaluronic acid fillers include redness, swelling, itching and pain at the injection site. In rare circumstances, you can experience more serious side effects, so it's important to discuss them with your healthcare provider first and understand the risks.
- Hyaluronic acid products can be purchased at beauty supply stores, and some products may be available at your local supermarket.
- If you have never used hyaluronic acid before, consult a beauty salon or dermatologist to see if it is the best option for you.
- As with all skin care products, if you experience any adverse effects from hyaluronic acid, discontinue use immediately and consult a medical professional if symptoms persist.
- Avoid buying facial fillers online or using them yourself without medical supervision.
- Never buy injectable fillers in an unlicensed practice/provider.