But just in case, let’s do a quick recap lesson. It can be impossible to escape some of the factors that cause dehydrated skin – extreme weather, air conditioning or central heating and too much caffeine (guilty) – but there are things we can do to counteract their effects on our skin.
One of the best ways (besides drinking plenty of water) is with hyaluronic acid, a natural molecule found in the skin that plays a key role in retaining skin’s moisture.
“Everyone at some point or another – whether it be seasonally or if it’s just your natural skin type – experiences dehydrated skin, meaning everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid no matter your skin type,” Dr. Ewoma, founder of SKNDOCTOR, told GLAMOUR, explaining that it attracts a thousand times its weight in water towards the skin.
Given that you’re on GLAMOUR, chances are, you know a thing or two about beauty. And if you know a thing or two about beauty, you’ve no doubt heard of hyaluronic acid and its unparalleled moisturising properties.
So naturally, we’ve tried *quite a lot* of oily skinhyaluronic acid serums in our time, and let’s just say not all of them meet the hydrating powerhouse potentials of their hero ingredient. But one that we keep going back to since it launched last March is Q+A’s Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum, housed in 100% recyclable packaging. Turns out we’re not the only ones keen to replenish our empties every time we run out, as one of the serums sells every three minutes!
My skin was instantly left plumped and hydrated after using this serum, but what sets it apart for me is that there’s no sticky residue – it sinks beautifully into skin with no tell-tale tackiness, meaning it’s ideal for those with oily skin who may be put off by words like ‘glow’, ‘dewy’ and ‘hydration’. I’m prone to an oily T-zone so like to keep things as matte as poss, but this serum was the perfect base for makeup. After a few weeks, my skin texture had improved and my complexion looked clearer and healthier.
Use it on clean skin after cleansing and before moisturising – but like any hyaluronic acid serum, make sure you apply on damp skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to the epidermis – either from the air itself (if it’s humid enough), or from the deeper layers of your skin – and you don’t want that.
Also, the Q+A’s Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum uses a 98% natural formula and is free from alcohol, fragrance and is vegan-friendly. Race you to the checkout.