There is an ingredient that you will find in many high end, expensive anti-aging face serums. It's ability to help your skin maintain moisture is unmatched.
And you know what else?
You don't have to pay hundreds of dollars to experience the benefits this product offers.
So what is it?
It is Hyaluronic Acid!
Don't be intimidated by the name and miss out on this epic anti-aging ingredient. You aren't going to believe how cheap and easy it is to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your beauty routine.
But first, let me tell you a little more about it…
What is hyaluronic acid and will it burn my face?
Contrary to the second part of its name, hyaluronic acid is not an actual “acid” per se. It will not burn your skin. Do not let the name scare you away because hyaluronic acid can be your skin’s best friend.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissues) that is naturally occurring in our bodies, with half of it being found in our skin. It plays an integral role in maintaining and regulating moisture within our tissues. As we age the amount of hyaluronic acid production gradually slows down resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid can retain moisture up to 1000 times its own weight in water giving you a more youthful look. (source)
How is hyaluronic acid used and what are the benefits?
Hyaluronic acid serum is applied topically to the skin before you apply your makeup or before bed. It can also be used in conjunction with other face creams such as sunscreen or your daily moisturizer.
Used regularly as part of your skincare regimen, hyaluronic acid will help plump up your skin decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also improve texture and give your skin a natural glow giving your once lackluster skin a healthier appearance.
Hyaluronic acid basically acts like a sponge on your skin by attracting and retaining moisture due to its water-attracting properties. (source)
How can I make my own hyaluronic acid serum?
It is no surprise that hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient in the beauty industry with many beauty brands adding hyaluronic acid into their creams and serums. The downside is that some brands only add a small amount of hyaluronic acid into their serums and some even mix it with toxic chemicals.
You can make your very own hyaluronic acid serum from home with the same great benefits of the more expensive brands.
You will find instructions on the container to make the serum, but I like to add some essential oils to mine as well.
Here is the recipe I love!
DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum
DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum
- Pour cold distilled water into a clean and dry jar.
- Add in the hyaluronic acid powder, vegetable glycerin, preservative, and essential oils.
- Cover jar with lid and shake well so all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together.
- Place serum in the refrigerator for several hours allowing all the ingredients to marry and the serum to thicken prior to use.
Shelf life: If you choose not to add a preservative to the serum the shelf life will be two weeks and must be stored in the refrigerator. If you add a preservative to your serum it can be used for up to three months and stored at room temperature.
Tips: For best results use right after getting out of the shower or after washing your face to help lock in moisture. Make sure your hyaluronic acid serum jar lid is tightly closed to avoid any debris from falling into the jar and mixing with your serum. Keep away from heat, children, and pets.