Hyaluronic acid aka ‘HA’ is, depending on who you speak to, either the second coming of Jesus or the absolute devil. I think the answer is comfortably in the middle. It’s a great ingredient for people with dehydrated or drier skins, but you need to use it in a very specific way, and it doesn’t need to be in everything..

Around 50% of the HA found in our bodies is in the skin. HA plays a part in healing and repair, being the key molecule found in skin moisture. There are numerous reasons for your hyaluronic acid stores to be depleted, one being internal (ageing) and the other external (lifestyle).

In short, if your skin is dehydrated, and most certainly if you are peri/menopausal, HA may be a good addition to your routine. As it’s found in a lot of moisturisers, you may not need an entirely separate serum or treatment, but if you want a quick boost, use it in this fashion:

See that lovely club sandwich? Hyaluronic acid is your mayo. It’s your moist maker.

Now: here’s the crucial part. Not all sandwiches need mayo. Too much mayo can ruin a sandwich. And using the mayo in the wrong place would just be silly.

For example: You would never apply mayo on the outside of your bread, aka on the top of the sandwich. That would just be wrong right?

SAME. When you’re applying your skincare, hyaluronic acid goes under something wet. No point applying it last, no point applying it on it’s own, it acts like a sponge and therefore needs something to cling on to.

So your routine would be cleanse, acid (maybe), spritz (will probably contain some HA), your HA serum and then your moisturiser/spf.

Now let’s complicate things a little. Let’s say you’re applying a vitamin C in there. Where does your HA go now? Well that depends on what your vitamin C is IN, i.e. is it oil-based or water-based?  As a general rule of thumb, even if your vitamin c is oil-based, I would apply your HA afterwards. I know its seems like madness, but vitamin C is ideally placed directly next to the skin, and your HA is going to want something ‘wet’, not necessarily something oily to cling to, so following it with your moisturiser keeps it where it likes to be: on the underside of the bread.

So if your skin has lost a little of its oomph, is feeling a little rough, or just plain looks like it’s dried out, you may want to try a HA first.
(And as an aside, if you are peri/menopausal, I cannot stress how much difference a facial oil will make to your skin. Seriously.)

These are all excellent options:

Glossier Super Bounce:
Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum:
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5:
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum:
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intensive Hyaluronic Acid Serum:
Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster:
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster:
Vichy Mineral 89:
NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex:

Now. Go make a sandwich.