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6+ Incredible Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin B5 & How Best to Apply It
Hyaluronic acid has recently become a frequently discussed ingredient within skin care products, due to its water retention properties as well as its protective qualities against pollution and excessive sun exposure. Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate molecule and is found naturally in the skin. However, the hyaluronic acid we use here at Flowerdale Valley is made through bacterial fermentation. This doesn’t mean it can’t work wonders for your skin – after all, there’s a reason it’s used so often in skin care products!
So What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do for My Skin?
As skin ages, it starts to lose the ability to hold moisture and becomes drier more easily. This results in a reduction of collagen production, which is what keeps our skin looking full, youthful, and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Here are 6 major benefits of using hyaluronic acid on your skin:
6 Major Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Makes skin smoother, more supple and youthful: Hyaluronic acid, when applied topically (as a cream or serum), rehydrates the skin and helps it retain moisture, giving it a plumper, younger appearance. It also helps it feel smoother and softer – never a bad thing!
It helps retain moisture from additional products: when you apply a moisturiser on top of hyaluronic acid, it will help your skin soak it up like a sponge and hold onto it for longer.
Helps skin heal faster, which is especially beneficial for breakouts and acne: hyaluronic acid is also produced naturally in our skin, and is especially present when our skin is damaged. Hyaluronic acid regulates inflammation in the skin and sends signals to the body to repair the area, which helps skin have a more even skin tone, and helps damage (such as breakouts) heal much faster.
You can use it directly on pimples and acne: hyaluronic acid has antibacterial properties, so in a pure form (or one combined with vitamins) you can apply it directly to open wounds (such as a pimple) to reduce the likelihood of infection. This is particularly noteworthy since so many pimples are caused by infection in the first place.
Powerful antioxidant: hyaluronic acid is a powerful antioxidant, which helps keep your skin cells healthy and clear of free radicals – particles that can act like a bull in a china shop once inside and cause serious damage! The more antioxidants we have in our skin, the better.
Evens skin tone and reduces hyper pigmentation: hyaluronic acid, especially when paired with vitamin B5 or C, will help reduce and prevent hyperpigmentation caused by damage. Make sure you combine it with your SPF for the best protection!
Who is Hyaluronic Acid Good For?
So, it sounds like hyaluronic acid is mainly beneficial to those with dry skin, or people who may be concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s also great for oily skin!
Hyaluronic Acid is often marketed for dry skin, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s super thick and heavy. However, its texture actually feels weightless on the skin, giving even the oiliest of skin the hydration it needs, without weighing it down, making it feel greasy, or putting you in danger of clogged pores.
And, as if that weren’t enough, hyaluronic acid also contains powerful antioxidant properties which can protect your skin from the environment, such as pollution in the air from vehicles and manufacturing. This makes it a must-have product for anyone who lives or works in the city.
What Are the Best Ingredients to Use with Hyaluronic Acid?
One particular compound that works incredibly well with Hyaluronic Acid is Panthenol, which is also known as Vitamin B5.
When used in skin care, Vitamin B5 doubles up the effects hyaluronic acid provides, by acting as a soothing, softening, and anti-irritant agent. It’s also an emulsifier, which means that it spreads evenly over the skin, giving complete coverage across the face.
Unsurprisingly, the dynamic duo that is Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 has become a favourite among skin care enthusiasts. Hyaluronic Acid is often described as one of the most vital molecules involved in skin moisture, with an impressive capacity to bind and retain water molecules, helping keep skin looking healthy, full, and bright.
Vitamin B5 is also a great companion for hyaluronic acid because is such an effective healer that tattoo artists often recommend Panthenol-based creams to clients after they have received a tattoo. Between the soothing nature of Vitamin B5 and the powerful water retaining properties of Hyaluronic Acid, this combination of compounds is perfect for reducing inflammation, redness, and breakouts, while defending against signs of aging.
How Should I Apply Hyaluronic Acid and B5 Serum?
Apply it to a clean, damp face before you apply any other face creams or serums.
Start with a pea-size and see how far it goes – because vitamin B5 is an emulsifier, a little goes a long way!
Follow with moisturiser if you have dry skin, or are about to go to bed. If you have oily skin, be wary about layering too many skincare products, especially if you’re prone to breakouts.
Use once or twice daily in your skincare routine.