There are a lot of things to appreciate about Autumn – back to school vibes, pumpkins, the return of great TV dramas and cosy nights in, to name just a few.
With Fashion Week approaching, there’s also the new season saga of what to wear. Love it or loathe it, when Autumn hits, it’s time to start considering some extra layers – and at allbeautyhq, we’re not just talking clothing. September is a key month to adapt your skincare routine, ensuring that you dedicate additional nourishment and care.
What’s in your face?
Step into our Autumn skincare ingredient of the month – Hyaluronic Acid. Hya-what, we hear you cry? Upon first impression, Hyaluronic Acid does sound a bit extreme, but don’t worry – we’re here to demystify this skincare saviour and highlight some top tips on its properties.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is actually a sugar molecule (a polysaccharide, if we’re feeling fancy) which occurs naturally in your skin. An antioxidant; it supports up to 1000 times its weight in water and by doing so, helps to support collagen structures, keeping skin supple and tissues lubricated.
If it’s already part of my skin, why should I consider using this ingredient now?
Our natural production of Hyaluronic Acid actually diminishes as we age, which is why it is recommended to start incorporating hyaluronics into your routine to rebalance levels after the age of 25.
As mentioned above, Autumnal temperatures can be unpredictable, and using a hyaluronic acid can also help to protect your skin from dehydration due to extreme temperature changes. That’s right – the combination of cold air outside and having the central heating on inside may leave you feeling snug, but it can also have a drying effect on your skin.
In addition to adding much needed hydration, Hyaluronic acid also has an anti-bacterial effect, making it ideal for those dealing with broken skin, redness or inflammation. Being an antioxidant, it can also help to limit the damage of air pollution or sunlight.
So, what should I look for on the label?
- Hyaluronic acid is commonly listed as follows: Hyaluronic acid, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetyl hyaluronate or sodium hyaluronate.
- Sodium hyaluronate is, as the name suggests, a salt derivative of the molecule and is smaller in size, allowing for better skin penetration.
- You should look for a product which contains an ingredient percentage between 0.25-2.5% to allow for optimum penetration of your skin cells.
What to use to replenish those pesky deficits – allbeauty’s top picks:
#1 Laboratoires Novexpert Paris Micellar Water with Hyaluronic Acid 200ml (Our Price £20.00) should be used at the end of the day with a cotton pad to remove all traces of make-up and dirt. 100% natural, this micellar water is hydrating and restorative.
#2 The Organic Pharmacy Serum 30ml (Our Price £30) contains Hyaluronic Acid & Sodium Hyaluronate. Apply a dropper of serum before moisturising as part of your usual skincare routine to fill, hydrate and restore volume to the skin.
#3 Gatineau’s Melatogenine Futur Plus Anti-Wrinkle Radiance Mask 75ml (RRP, £46.00, Our Price £26.95) can be used as a 10-15 mask or overnight for an intensive treatment. This Parisian beauty incorporates collagen and hyaluronic acid with youthful radiance molecule Melatogenine to form a rich and creamy mask. Gentle enough to be used around the eyes; this is our favourite for a Sunday night skin therapy session.
#4 Founded in Milan, Collistar’s products combine Italian style, research and innovation. The Collistar Hyaluronic Acid Aquagel 50ml (RRP £41.50, Our Price £23.95) is a speciality moisturising treatment that can be massaged into skin mornings and evenings to provide extra elasticity, hydration and comfort.
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