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Hyaluronic acid (HA) serum has recently gained popularity because of its amazing abilities Wrinkle improvement and prevent skin dryness. While you can get HA fillers injected by a dermatologist, there’s an easier way to get hydrated skin. This easy homemade hyaluronic acid serum absorbs quickly and leaves skin silky soft.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Pure hyaluronic acid is found naturally in many different tissues and fluids in our body. It was first found in the eye, but it also helps lubricate joints like the knees and elbows. Oddly enough, you’ll also find HA in the bright red comb on top of a rooster’s head.
You can use it on your face, take it as a supplement, or inject it as a filler. Because it is found in synovial joints, such as elbows and knees, people with stiffness may be able to receive joint HA injections.
Here are a few ways our bodies use hyaluronic acid:
- Helps in cell differentiation
- Used during embryonic development
- Helps fight inflammation
- Support with wound repair
- As a humectant, it hydrates the skin to improve dry skin
- Improve skin elasticity
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Firming mature skin
- May have antioxidant properties
This article focuses on how HA is used for skin problems.
Hyaluronic Acid for Acne
Because we produce hyaluronic acid naturally, it is safe for many skin types. A 2017 controlled trial found it helped reduce sebum production on oily skin. This is good news for those with acne-prone and acne-prone skin. It can also help reduce the appearance of marks from acne scars.
Mature and sensitive skin
It also has anti-aging effects as it helps to restore dehydrated skin and add plumpness back. It Acts like collagen but better absorbed into the skin. The hyaluronic acid face serum is gentle enough for sensitive skin and improves skin tone. Almost anyone can use it in their skin care routine!
HA draws moisture to the skin to brighten, replenish and repair the skin barrier.
What can I use with Hyaluronic Acid?
HA combines well with many topical skin care ingredients. It pairs well with vitamin C, aloe, lactic acid, vitamin b5, or niacinamide. You can also use it with retinol (synthetic vitamin A), but I don’t like it because retinol can irritate the skin. This yogurt mask Gentle exfoliation with natural lactic acid.
You’ll find HA in the formulations of eye creams, lotions, and other skin care products.
Hyaluronic Acid side effects
Adverse reactions are more common if someone is injecting HA. When using it on the skin, reactions are very rare. Based on Cleveland ClinicIt is also safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The best hyaluronic acid serums
Brands like Neutrogena, Paula’s Choice, Cerave, and L’oreal Paris often have ingredient lists that I don’t want to use on my skin. I like to make my own skin care products when I can, but sometimes it’s nice to buy something ready-made. These hydrating serums are free of dyes and parabens, and are packed with healthy ingredients.
How to use Hyaluronic Acid?
HA works best on damp skin so I use it after washing my face or showering. You can continue using a light serum or moisturizer. Niacinamide Face Cream or vitamin C serum are good options. Hyaluronic acid works best if applied 1-2 times a day.
Note about different types
There are many HA products on the market. If you’re making your own, it can become more confusing. HA in liquid form is not 100% hyaluronic acid because it has been diluted in water-based ingredients. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can make it hard to figure out how much to use in homemade skin care.
In addition, HA with a higher molecular weight is also not absorbed into the skin. So if you buy powdered HA from an ingredient supplier, they will sometimes have a variety of HA available. The one I use in this recipe is sodium hyaluronate. It is in powder form, is 100% HA and is easily absorbed. This makes it easy to get safe and effective dilutions in homemade products.
Homemade hyaluronic acid serum ingredients
- Hydrosols These are skin-soothing agents and are very good for the skin. Roses, lavender, tea tree, helichrysum or calendula are some good choices.
- Distilled water – If you don’t want to use hydrosol, then distilled water will also work. However, it won’t last long without preservatives.
- Jojoba oil – Close Mimics the sebum of the skin and helps lock in moisture. Can be substituted with other carrier oils if preferred, like avocado, olive, sea buckthorn, etc.
- Glycerin Like HA, it is a humectant that draws moisture to the skin and leaves it feeling soft.
- Natural Preservatives – Because this is a water-based serum, of course the shelf life is short (1-2 weeks). A natural preservative, Like this one Made with fermented coconut and radish, which helps it last for months.
- Hyaluronic Acid – The star of the show. I’m using the powder version instead of the pre-diluted liquid.
- Oil – I used lavender, but you can use any skin-safe essential oil you like. Tea tree, rose, frankincense, and orange are all good choices.
DIY hydrating hyaluronic acid serum
This gentle hyaluronic acid serum draws moisture to the face for plumper and smoother skin.
Pour 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cold water or hydrosol into a small bowl, then sprinkle the hyaluronic acid powder evenly over the surface.
Mix until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir or whisk to combine.
Pour serum into 1-ounce vial.
To use: Apply 1-2 times daily to damp skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. Shake before using.
Container Notes: Since the serum is in a thick form, I prefer to store it in a jar. However, the risk of product contamination is higher, so make sure you use clean hands to apply!
What ingredients do you like to use in your skin care routine? Leave a comment and let me know!
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