Hyaluronic Acid

Known as a modern day ‘Skincare Hero’, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has quickly become one of the most talked about ingredients when it comes to attaining smooth, hydrated, and youthful skin. While at first glance, it may seem like something not to put on your skin – do some digging and you’ll find that it may hold the key to unlocking your perfect daily routine. Naturally found in the epidermis layer of the skin, Hyaluronic Acid plays a vital role in preserving the skin’s tone, elasticity, and volume. Sadly, with age our natural hyaluronic acid levels drop and our skin becomes drier, duller, and less plump. This is where formulated products containing hyaluronic acid become a ‘must-have’ when looking to replenish the skin. So how does it work? Well, it depends. There are multiple types of HA molecules, each responsible for a different purpose. Macro Hyaluronic Acid works to intensely hydrate and smooth the skin’s surface by retaining 1000x its weight in water. Micro Hyaluronic acid, however, works to penetrate the skins deeper layers to plump out the wrinkles within. This is why when looking to shop HA as an ingredient in skincare, it’s important to shop for products that have been correctly formulated for maximum efficacy, like our L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler Range.


Answered by our Dermatologist, Dr. Burcu Kim

What are the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid? 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies which depletes as we age. And the result is often dryness, wrinkles and a loss of volume or plumpness in the skin. That’s why dermatologists recommend to include Hyaluronic acid in your skincare, particularly to re-plump the skin and reduce signs of ageing. Due to its ability to retain up to 1000x its weight in water, Hyaluronic acid is able to deeply hydrate the surface layers of the skin, and actually re-plump fine lines and wrinkles from within.


How often should I be using Hyaluronic Acid?

There is really no limit to how often you can use Hyaluronic acid on the skin, but we recommend you use it both morning and night, depending on your skin needs and skincare routine. You can also layer multiple products with Hyaluronic acid in your regime, such as serums, day and night creams and treatments, making it a very versatile and easy-to-use ingredient.


How should I incorporate Hyaluronic Acid into my regime?

There are many products in skincare that contain Hyaluronic acid and it is a relatively easy ingredient to incorporate into the regime / doesn’t have many conflicts. A great way to start using this ingredient is with a serum and a day or night cream. These can be applied both day and night, under sunscreen and under makeup, and in conjunction with most other ingredients/products.


What is the best anti-ageing skincare routine for me?

This can really vary depending on your skin type and concerns. A consultation with a dermatologist is always the best way to determine this, but the top 3 things I personally look for in a good anti-ageing regime are the purity of the ingredient (always opt for “Pure” actives where possible), the concentration (generally the higher the better) and the formulation, so how the product absorbs into your skin for it to be most effective – try to opt for rapidly absorbing and lightweight formulations. Lastly in terms of ingredients to look for, both Hyaluronic acid and Retinol are very effective.

If you’re not able to get to a dermatologist, L’Oreal Paris also have an AI Skin Diagnosis tool called ‘Skin Genius’ which is a great alternative. The technology virtually diagnoses and ranks your skin across 5 key dimensions (lines & wrinkles, radiance, firmness, pore quality and tone) and provides you with a personalised diagnosis and regime as a result. This can be a great alternative.
You can access Skin Genius here.


What is the difference between Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies and gives skin its plumpness, volume and bounce due to its ability to hold up to to 1000x its weight in water. Sadly levels decline as we age, which is why incorporating it into skincare becomes so important to replenish hydration and plumpness. Retinol, on the other hand, is a powerful derivative of Vitamin A, a gold-standard anti-ageing active and arguably the most powerful anti-ageing ingredient there is. Retinol works on the skin by increasing the rate of cell turnover which helps to visibly renew the skin, even the texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.