Visit a dermatologist’s office with the goal of delaying skin ageing, and there are four things you’re almost guaranteed to hear: broad-spectrum sunscreen, retinol, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid (which you might find hiding on the labels of some of your skincare products as HA). Most skincare experts recommend niacinamide for its mega multi-tasking abilities in oil control, fading hyperpigmentation, reducing inflammation and strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier. Hyaluronic acid is a firm fave because it’s a champion fighter in the battle for brightness.
While Niacinamide’s Power Status Is Clear, What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do For The Skin?
In a nutshell, hyaluronic acid is the key to instantly boosting hydration, plumping up fine lines and getting your glow on. It’s hydrating powers are second to none.
Our own skin cells naturally produce hyaluronic acid in a bid to hold, bind and stop the escape of moisture our skin needs to appear plump, dewy and looking younger. But, like other age-controlling agents such as collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases as we age and face the onslaught of environmental aggressors on a daily basis. The good news is that we can help stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid through topical skincare. Here’s some of the major benefits your skin will thank you for:
- Maximum hydration. Hyaluronic acid serums act like a tiny sponge which draws in water and holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. This gives dehydrated or damaged skin cells a much needed moisture boost to leave skin feeling super soft, pillowy and luminous.
- Bye bye botox. Wrinkles and lines tend to make their debut and maintain a perpetual encore as the amount of hyaluronic acid naturally produced lessens and cell turnover slows down with age. Boosting hyaluronic acid levels plumps up lines and wrinkles to help maintain a youthful glow.
- Similar to niacinamide, hyaluronic acid plays nicely with most other skincare ingredients and works on any skin type. This means that you can comfortably pair it with retinols, vitamins and other acids in your skincare routine. Together, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are a super skincare combo as they complement each other’s hydrating and youth-boosting effects.
How To Use Niacinamide With Hyaluronic Acid?
Niacinamide serums strengthens the skin’s lipid barrier by increasing the production of ceramides that form a protective layer to lock in moisture and lock out environmental stressors. Hyaluronic acid serums regulate the water coming in and out of individual skin cells. By combining these two ingredients together, you’re tackling skin’s hydration from both angles.
The benefits of niacinamide and hyaluronic acid together can be reaped in a single product combining both, or by layering individual products. If you decide to layer, it’s recommended to start with hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin cells, and then top it up with niacinamide to protect the skin’s surface and prevent moisture loss.
Ready to plump and glow with this super hydrating combo? We’ve put together a few recommendations for you.
- Pestle & Mortar's, Pure Hyaluronic Serum
- Allies of Skin, Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum
- Dr Levy, Eye Booster Concentrate
- Royal Fern, Phytoactive Anti-aging Serum
For a turbo-charged facial workout, try FaceGym's Cryo Contour Workout. Cryo Contour takes hydration to the next level, plumping up skin from the inside out for a super-hydrated, dewy complexion. Boosting the FaceGym Signature Sculpt Workout, we add in a high pressure shot of frozen Co2 and hyaluronic acid from our Cool Lifting device to shock the skin’s micro circulation into action. This triggers the production of the collagen and elastin needed to help keep your skin’s structure bouncy and hydrated. Completely painless with no downtime, this powerful concentration of Co2 and atomised ingredients sculpts, lifts and defines your facial contours.