How to Use Hyaluronic Acid Serum in the Winter
Hyaluronic acid is a great skin care product to use all year round as it helps keep your skin hydrated and increases collagen production which in turn reduces the effects of aging. It is especially useful during the winter months due to the harsh weather conditions that dry out your skin, taking away both moisture and oil. The good news is that hyaluronic acid serum works to help you get smooth skin whether it lacks water (hydration) or oil (moisture). Using this product is fairly straightforward, but there are a few different methods you can choose from depending on your preference.
Choosing the Right Serum
The first thing you want to do is choose the right form of hyaluronic acid serum. If you do a quick search online, you will quickly notice that there are many different options available and each is from a different company and has a slightly different list of ingredients. You should always opt for a hyaluronic acid serum that lists hyaluronic near the top of the ingredients list (it may also be listed as sodium hyaluronate which is its salt form of the acid). Ideally, the product you select should also contain other ingredients that sooth the skin and repair the damage caused by harsh winter weather. Some ingredients to look for include aloe vera, ceramides, allantoin and sodium PCA.
Applying the Serum
When you use hyaluronic acid serum during the winter, your primary goal is to hydrate the skin (and the anti-aging effects are just a bonus) and because the acid bonds instantly with water, you should always apply it with water. To do this, you have two options; the first one is to wet your face and then apply the serum. If you’d prefer not to wet your face, you can also put a small amount of the hyaluronic acid serum in your hand and then add a bit of water. This will not only help with the hydration but by diluting it, it will be better able to penetrate your skin.
With or Without Moisturizer
The great thing about hyaluronic acid serum is that you can use it instead of moisturizer if you want. That is because this serum both hydrates your skin (adds water) and moisturizes it (prevents damage from lack of oil). Some experts recommend that after you use the serum you use a bit of moisturizer to help lock in the water, but others say it isn’t necessary. In reality, whether or not you use a moisturizer as well is a matter of personal preference and how your skin reacts.