Hyaluronic acid has become a beauty buzzword in recent years, and with good reason. To the uninitiated, it may sound like something you’d use with a Bunsen burner in a chemistry class. However, it’s actually one of the best ingredients you should add to your routine for plump, dewy skin.
If hyaluronic acid is what’s missing from your bathroom shelf, now’s the time to pick one up. Ahead, we’ll get you acquainted with this stellar ingredient, share why it’s most potent in a serum, and reveal our top pick.
What is hyaluronic acid?
For starters, hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin. It helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it within, so your skin can appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated.
When used in skincare products, hyaluronic acid is able to bring moisture to the surface of your skin. It’s a powerful humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so it practically quenches the most dehydrated complexions with a blast of moisture.
By adding back moisture into our skin, hyaluronic acid boosts firmness and softens fine lines and wrinkles. The ingredient works well for all skin types too, including sensitive, breakout-prone skin, as well as oily complexions.
This ingredient is also easily absorbed by our skin, which is why it works so well when applied topically. Not to mention, its watery nature gives it a huge leg up when it comes to lightweight hydration – perfect for those who live in our humid climate.
Why you need a hyaluronic acid serum in your routine
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our own bodies, but as we age, its levels start to decline, which explains why our skin gets drier and more prone to dehydration over time. Add air-conditioning, harsh UV rays, over-exfoliation, and underlying skin conditions to the equation, and you’ll end up with tiny breaks in your skin barrier, which allow water to escape easily.
If you’re looking to maintain your moisture barrier and ramp up hydration levels quickly, you should definitely consider incorporating hyaluronic acid into your daily skincare routine, specifically in the form of a serum.
Serums are powerful skin allies. Used after cleansing and before moisturising, a serum is usually filled with concentrated doses of active ingredients. This is why they’re particularly suited to the task of delivering potent ingredients into your skin, such as hyaluronic acid. They’re typically made of smaller molecules too, so they’re able to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin.
With plenty of options on the market, however, it can be difficult to pick out a hyaluronic acid serum that’s effective and won’t break the bank. Some hyaluronic acid serums can often feel sticky or even greasy on the skin, which is a huge no-no in our humid climate. This is why L’Oréal Paris has created its Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which ticks all the boxes.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Dermatologist-tested? Check. Available at your local drugstore and supermarkets? Also check. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a fast-acting serum that uses two forms of hyaluronic acid: macro hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate and smooth your skin’s surface, and micro hyaluronic acid to plump your skin from within.
Thanks to its concentrated gel formula, the serum absorbs fast, leaving nothing behind but bouncier, plumper, more supple skin. Since its featherlight texture sinks into the skin completely, it works well under makeup and won’t clog your pores too. Plus, it’s free of parabens, synthetic dyes, and fragrances, so those with sensitive skin can breathe easy.
The Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum is also designed to hydrate as it fills out fine lines and wrinkles, so you can expect to see a smoother, radiant, more youthful-looking complexion in seven days. It’s even backed by clinically proven results, which show an impressive 60% reduction in fine lines and a 72% improvement in skin appearance in six weeks.
For smoother, plumper skin, apply a few drops of serum every morning and night after cleansing and/or toning, and before moisturising.
Here’s a tip: apply your hyaluronic acid serum on damp skin after cleansing, and then layer your moisturiser on top of it. Hyaluronic acid works by absorbing moisture like a sponge, so when applied to dry skin in a dry climate, it absorbs moisture from the skin instead of pulling it towards the skin. Applying the serum on damp skin before moisturiser will help bump up hydration levels and lock it all in.
A moisturiser alone may not be enough to hydrate parched complexions, which is why you’ll need a lightweight serum to go on before it. A hydrating serum, such as the Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum, is formulated to enhance your skin’s moisture levels. Not to mention, it provides instant relief and comfort for taut skin.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum (30ml) retails for S$49.90 at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Shopee, and Lazada.
Complete your routine for the ultimate boost of hydration
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream for Face
The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on any other part of your body. It also has less of a hydrolipidic film (a light protective film that protects your skin against external aggressors) and almost no sebaceous glands, which produce natural oils. This means the area is more prone to dehydration, and dark eye circles can show up more visibly too.
To hydrate your eye area and banish panda eyes, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream for Face. It contains moisture-boosting ingredients, including macro and micro hyaluronic acid that’s five times more concentrated to allow deeper penetration in the skin’s surface layers.
It’s also infused with Pro-Xylane, L’Oréal’s patented ingredient that stimulates collagen production to firm your skin and reduce fine lines. As its name suggests, you can also use the eye cream on the rest of your face. Surely, we can all appreciate a multi-tasking product. On top of that, the eye cream doesn’t feel heavy on your skin, so it sinks in fast to give you smoother, hydrated skin.
Apply the eye cream on top of your serum to seal in the moisture, and say goodbye to deep-set lines around your eyes, forehead, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), and lips. If you’re in your early 20s, it’s the best time to start using an eye cream to prevent fine lines around your eyes.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream for Face (30ml) retails for S$58.90, available exclusively at Watsons.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Fresh Mix Serum Mask
To give your skin a quick pick-me-up, pamper it with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Fresh Mix Serum Mask. With a serum and tissue mask packed in separate chambers, the hyaluronic acid serum is able to stay fresh until you introduce it to the sheet mask.
Compared to other sheet masks in L’Oréal Paris’ range, the Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Fresh Mix Serum Mask contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid. Also filled with macro and micro hyaluronic acid, the mask plumps up your skin and smooths fine lines to give you dewy, radiant skin that glows from within.
In fact, it’s clinically proven to bump up hydration levels by 46% in just an hour. Participants saw a 27% reduction of fine lines after seven days too. When used alongside the Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream for Face, you’ll see optimal results even faster.
To use the mask, follow these easy steps:
- Step 1: Fold the mask sachet along the dotted line. Press the sachet until the seals break to release the serum into the tissue mask compartment.
- Step 2: Mix the hyaluronic acid serum and tissue mask well. Make sure the mask is evenly soaked in the serum.
- Step 3: Tear open the mask pack and apply it on your face for 15 minutes.
- Step 4: Distribute any excess serum on your neck and chest. After you’ve removed the sheet mask, massage the remaining hyaluronic acid serum on your face.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Fresh Mix Serum Mask is sold in single sachets at S$5.90 and a box of five at S$24.90. It is available at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Shopee, and Lazada.