Incorporating the right complexion-friendly acids into your routine can make a major difference in the texture, tone and brightness of your skin, but it’s important to have a bit of education before you start slathering ’em on. Hyaluronic acid only sounds like a scary, super complex element of skincare — promise! We got expert info from Sonia Deasy, founder of Pestle & Mortar, an innovative beauty and body wellness company. Their philosophy is to provide an easy-to-apply solution for all skin types and all ethnicities, so Sonia really knows her stuff. Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re considering adding hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine.


Side note: Alicia Yoon, CEO + founder of Korean beauty site Peach & Lily, recommended I add hyaluronic acid into my skincare routine, and I have been LOVING it. Per her rec, I’ve been using MIZON Hyaluronic Acid 100 ($42) after I cleanse and tone my skin and before I use a serum and/or moisturizer. It’s made a huge difference in the suppleness and overall feel of my skin.


Hyaluronic acid (HA) is actually a carb that exists in the human body. “Although hyaluronic acid can be found naturally in almost every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of the body’s hyaluronic acid is found here,” Sonia explained. “Young skin is smooth and elastic, and contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid that help keep the skin young and healthy.”


If your regular moisturizer just isn’t cutting it — or if you have super dry skin — consider giving HA a try to take hydration to the next level. Your skin will thank you for it. “Hyaluronic acid provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding it up to 1000x its weight in water,” Sonia said. Basically, this stuff is a seriously legit moisturizer that could work wonders on even the driest winter skin (damn you, cold weather!).


The best thing about hyaluronic acid is that it can be used by everyone, according to Sonia. “All types of skin can benefit from hyaluronic acid! If you have dry skin, it will increase your moisture levels. If you have oily skin, it will leave it feeling comfortable,” she explained. “If you have acne-prone skin, it’ll soothe irritation and if you have aging skin, it will diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” BOOM. Hydration for all ;)

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