What is Hyaluronic Acid and Does Your Skin Need It?

Super moisturising Hyaluronic Acid is the key to getting soft, dewy and healthy skin. Here are a few things you must know before including it in your skincare regime.   

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serums or creams are having a moment among skincare enthusiasts. Super nourishing and hydrating, this skincare ingredient is being lauded for its anti-ageing prowess and for making skin look supple, soft. 

But, do *you* really need it? So, we spoke to board-certified dermatologist Dr Poorva Shah to know all about using Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare regime. 

Who do you recommend should use Hyaluronic Acid in their beauty routine?

"HA is a polysaccharide found naturally present in our body and our skin. Topical HA is a humectant. It draws water and can hold the water or moisture and hence when applied to the skin, it absorbs or draws water from the environment as retains it on the skin thus hydrating the skin. HA can be used on any type of skin as long as it’s a low molecular weight HA and its concentration is 2 per cent or lesser. Anyone and everyone needing to moisturize their skin can use HA. There are many different types of serums available, hence it is best recommended by your dermatologist." 

What are the pros and cons of adding HA to a skincare regime? 

"According to me, pros are that is moisturises and hydrates the skin. There are no cons as such unless you are using a high concentration of HA on dry skin in which case, the HA will absorb water from the skin making it even drier and irritated."

What is the best way to use hyaluronic acid for each skin type? 

"HA can be used by all skin types. It goes well with any other ingredients in your skincare routine whether they’re anti-ageing products or for acne-prone skin or oily skin. If you’re using a cream that has HA along with other moisturizers it’s best to use it at night as the last layer on your face. If you’re using a serum, use it immediately after a Face Wash on moist skin and then seal it in with a moisturizer cream." 

What are some of your favourite products with HA? 

"I recommend that first, you consult with your dermatologist and then apply any products according to your skin."