Hyaluronic acid (HA) is becoming well known as a high-performing ingredient delivering intense hydration to skin, but beauty insiders and skincare enthusiasts in tune with the latest developments in the industry will know that its exceptional properties work only in particular circumstances. Here’s what you need to know too, along with essential tips for making the most out of your go-to products from Neutrogena’s hyaluronic-packed Hydro Boost range.
The More Humid, the Better
The more humid the environment, the higher the levels of moisture. This is the perfect condition for HA — which draws moisture from the atmosphere to the outer layers of your skin — to do its work. When you spend time in a dry climate or most of your days in an air-conditioned environment, your skin also loses moisture to the atmosphere more quickly.
That isn’t to say that using a hyaluronic acid is not beneficial under these circumstances — just remember to seal the hydration in with a moisturizer at the end of your beauty routine and consider adding a humidifier to your surroundings for a boost of environmental moisture.
Start Damp and Seal it in at the End
Applying any product, including a hyaluronic acid-based serum or lotion, to damp skin will help it absorb more effectively than applying to dry skin — so straight after your shower or washing your face is the best moment. Post-application, it is crucial to seal the hyaluronic acid in with an occlusive agent that works to reduce water loss from the skin — an ingredient such as olive extract, which you’ll find in Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel , can do the job. Otherwise, the moisture that the hyaluronic acid has drawn from the atmosphere and the deeper layers of your skin may be lost to the environment quickly.