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How To Choose the Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum

January 07, 2021 | BY R. Motzell

What is Hyaluronic Acid, and Why Should I Be Using It?

If one of your primary skincare goals is keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that you can always benefit from using. 

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally produced by your skin, and is essential for helping you maintain ideal levels of hydration and moisture.

When your skin dries out, you can start dealing with a wide array of issues. Dry skin can be much more susceptible to irritation, redness, and other uncomfortable problems that you definitely want to avoid at all costs. In addition, when your skin gets over-dried, it can start producing excessive amounts of sebum (oil) in order to compensate for the dryness. This excess production of oil can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

Keeping your skin moisturized through daily use of hyaluronic acid serum is a great move if you want to maintain a youthful glow and a bright, even complexion. Moisturized, nourished skin always looks happier and healthier, and natural moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid can help you keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Hyaluronic Acid As An Anti-Aging Ingredient 

One of the best uses for hyaluronic acid is as a component in anti-aging skincare routine

When you are concerned about wrinkles, lines, blemishes, and other issues that can arise as you get older, maintaining your skin’s ideal level of moisture and hydration is always one of the keys to success. Dry skin tends to look duller and more aged, but when your skin is hydrated, you can count on your complexion having a more youthful appearance.

As you get older, your skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid tends to slow down. This slowdown of HA production can leave aging skin drier by default, making it even more important to keep your skin moisturized as you get older. 

Using hyaluronic acid as your moisturizing ingredient of choice is always a great idea for aging skin.

Hyaluronic Acid and Acne Scarring

Anyone dealing with severe scarring left behind by cystic acne and other forms of bad breakouts may greatly benefit from using hyaluronic acid. When your skin is still looking badly scarred from past breakouts, daily use of hyaluronic acid serum can help to even out your complexion over time and reduce the appearance of acne scarring.

In some cases, the scars left behind by acne, especially cystic acne, are so severe that topical treatments aren’t enough to make a major difference. In some cases, a dermatologist will use a hyaluronic acid dermal filler to treat severe acne scarring that is not responding to topical treatments. 

A dermal filler is an injection of an ingredient like hyaluronic acid under the surface of the skin. This type of injection is often a last resort for dealing with severe acne scarring. However, if you have tried topical treatments and are still struggling with persistent scarring from past breakouts, talk to your dermatologist about hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.

If your acne scarring is less severe, using hyaluronic acid serum can have a major positive impact on your skin’s appearance. Daily use of hyaluronic acid serum can gradually reduce the appearance of mild to moderate blemish scarring. 

Even if your breakouts are long gone, you can still often see scarring left behind for months, or even years. To combat this scarring, using hyaluronic acid serum can be extremely effective.

Does Hyaluronic Acid Have Side Effects?

When you are starting to use any new skincare product, it’s always important to pay attention to how your skin responds. 

Hyaluronic acid typically does not cause any severe side effects, but everyone’s skin is different, and yours may not respond well to this ingredient. The best way to determine how your skin reacts to hyaluronic acid serum is by doing a simple patch test. 

A patch test involves taking a small amount of a new skincare product and leaving it on a patch of skin on your arm for 24 hours. After 24 hours, any side effects – rash, irritation, redness, or other issues – showing up will indicate that your skin does not do well with hyaluronic acid. 

These side effects are uncommon with hyaluronic acid, but it’s always best to play it safe whenever you introduce a new ingredient to your skin.

Using Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The best time to apply hyaluronic acid serum to your skin is towards the beginning of your morning and evening skincare routine. 

Serums are best used after cleanser, toner, and exfoliator, but before heavier products like moisturizer, gel, or sunscreen. You can use hyaluronic acid serum twice a day – once in the morning and once at night.

When you apply hyaluronic acid serum to your skin, a little bit goes a long way. Serums are highly concentrated, and you only need a few drops to supply your skin with a high concentration of an ingredient. 

You can apply a serum to your face by putting a few drops on your fingertips, or by adding some of the serum to a cotton pad. Whichever method of applying serum to your face is easiest and most convenient for you, that’s the one to stick with!

Ingredients to Avoid

When choosing a hyaluronic acid serum, make sure to steer clear of any unnecessary or artificial ingredients. 

Serums are intentionally simple products, containing just a few ingredients, all of which serve a specific purpose for your skin. There’s no place in a high-quality serum for any unnecessary filler ingredients. That means artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals, parabens, and sulfates are all off the table.

Does it really matter what I put on my skin in the long run? 

Yes! Using only all-natural, high-quality ingredients on your skin is better for your health in the long run, and often yields better results. When you steer clear of ingredients that are not natural and beneficial for your skin, you are doing yourself a big favor, both for your beauty and your overall health.

Artificial dyes and fragrances have the potential to irritate your skin, which is the opposite of what a serum is designed to do. Using hyaluronic acid serum should always leave your skin feeling refreshed, not irritated. Make sure that your hyaluronic acid serum of choice has no artificial scents or colors in it.

Sulfates and parabens are another set of additives that you definitely want to keep out of your beauty regimen. These ingredients can have negative long-term effects on your health, and are always best avoided in products that you use on your skin, hair, or the rest of your body.

In addition, it’s always best to care for your skin using products that are cruelty-free. All of GoPure’s products are made without being tested on animals. Animal cruelty has no place in the creation of natural beauty products, and we strive to make sure that all of our products are great for you, for the environment, and for the creatures who share the earth with us.

Ingredients to Look For

The best hyaluronic acid serum to include in your daily beauty routine is one that only includes ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. Hyaluronic acid can be paired with other ingredients to create a powerful combination that is great for your skin. GoPure’s hyaluronic acid serum includes several highly beneficial antioxidants in addition to hyaluronic acid.

GoPure hyaluronic acid serum includes the antioxidants vitamin E, vitamin C, and green tea to add to the serum’s beauty-boosting benefits for your skin. Supplying your skin with antioxidants can play a key role in your skincare routine. If you are dealing with age-related skin concerns like wrinkles, lines, and dark spots, antioxidants can be especially helpful for you.

Our highly effective blend of hyaluronic acid with antioxidants is the perfect combination for your skin. Not all ingredients work well together, and some can end up counteracting each other’s effects. Fortunately, that’s not the case with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, vitamin C, or green tea. These ingredients are included in GoPure’s hyaluronic acid serum to boost the serum’s moisturizing and brightening effects for your skin.

How Long Should I Wait To See Results?

It only takes a few moments to start feeling the moisturizing effect of hyaluronic acid serum on your skin. In the drier months of the year, especially throughout the winter, an extra boost of hydration and moisture from hyaluronic acid serum can be an instant game-changer. 

Hyaluronic acid serum can provide quick relief from dryness, irritation, and other problems caused by cold winter air.

However, some of the long-term effects of using hyaluronic acid serum on your skin can take longer to show up. Consistent use of the serum can yield visible results in a few weeks for some, but for others it may take longer to see results. 

If you are looking to use the serum to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, dark spots, or scarring, it can be extremely effective over time. Just remember to be patient and give the serum time to work!

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