In a recent Ageless Style interview with Jennifer Denton, we talked about her favorite skincare products. Many of them contain hyaluronic acid, and we joked that hyaluronic acid seems to be in everything these days. I’m sometimes surprised it’s not in our breakfast cereal. But how many of us know what hyaluronic acid is and what it does for our skin?
Or whether product junkies with 10-step skincare routines are potentially doing more harm than good to their skin?
While the term hyaluronic acid may sound harsh, it’s actually a substance that’s found naturally in our skin. Its star quality is that it can hold a thousand times its weight in water which contributes to the plumper appearance and fewer lines seen in younger skin. That’s why skincare serums and moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid are meant to be applied to damp skin: They trap any moisture from your freshly washed skin—never use soap, only a gentle skin cleanser—followed by a toner, and a hydrating moisturizer. This process is now being referred to as creating a “skin barrier,” which is nothing more than trapping the moisture in your skin, however, many women have taken their skincare routines even further.
Some dermatologists argue that too many skincare products and complicated regimens can lead to clogged pores and irritated skin.
That doesn’t surprise me when I see online videos of women, like 58-year-old Trinny Woodall (an English fashion and makeover expert who has her own line of makeup and skincare products), slapping and tugging at their faces in-between separate toners, serums, peptides, amino acids, collagens, Vitamin C, and moisturizers, all of which may contain hyaluronic acid. If you don’t have time to watch Trinny’s entire video, perhaps you can checkout the first nine minutes and see how many products she applies and how she manipulates her face. It’s amazing and amusing, but she does look fabulous!
Hyaluronic acid has become over a billion-dollar industry. Once the marketing wizards get ahold of a trend, they bring us products we didn’t know we needed. Google hyaluronic acid and it’s in the majority of skincare products which makes some experts wonder if we need that much hyaluronic acid. Or why don’t they put more of the super-duper ingredients in one bottle with the HA? That way we would have only a few multi-tasking products with possibly less clogged pores and irritated skin. But then we know why they don’t do that.
Skincare companies would have fewer products to sell, which means they would make less money.
Only you can determine which of the plethora of serums and moisturizers you need for your skin—apply serums first, followed by moisturizers—and whether you can achieve the same results with lower-priced products. I can’t afford a steady stream of luxury skincare creams like Chanel, Tom Ford, Dior, etc., plus it’s difficult to figure out what’s in them.
My favorite skincare line is DermaE, a company that began with one moisturizing cream they sold in a small health food store in Southern California. Today they’re one of the largest natural facial care brands in the U.S. While I don’t have a 10-step skincare regimen, I have added a new product from their line that’s made a noticeable difference in my skin.
DermaE’s Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer. Here are a few of their other products I love, and BTW, they aren’t compensating me in any way. I just really love their products.
In the coming weeks, I’ll talk about my experience with HydraFacials and Facial Yoga/Gua Sha Facial Lymphatic Massage and how effective they are. I’m curious, what is your skincare regimen?