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Can Hyaluronic Acid Dry Your Skin?

November 16, 2017


Although its name may sound harsh, hyaluronic acid is actually incredibly nourishing for your skin. It is commonly used in cosmetic products to hydrate and plump the skin. It is a naturally sourced ingredient that can be found in the human body and is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate).

How It Works

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means that it binds to moisture. It literally pulls moisture from the air around you into your skin to hydrate it. This powerful ingredient offers the following benefits:

  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles
  • Restores skin elasticity
  • Protects the skin against UVB rays

When applied to the skin, hyaluronic acid has the ability to penetrate the outermost layers and provide nourishment to the deeper layers. It also participates in the process of skin protection and tissue repair.

Why Some People Report Dry Skin

If hyaluronic acid is such an effective moisturizer, why do some people complain of skin dryness, even when they use pure hyaluronic acid skincare products? The answer lies in the air.

If you live in an exceptionally dry climate, you won’t be able to experience hyaluronic acid benefits because it won’t be able to do its job properly. Remember, this ingredient pulls moisture from the air and uses it to hydrate your skin. Unfortunately, it can’t do this if there is no moisture in the air to begin with.

One great way to combat this problem if you live in a dry climate is to use a humidifier to add moisture to the air when you apply your hyaluronic acid serum or other anti-wrinkle serums. That way this powerful humectant will be able to attach to the moisture in the air and deliver it directly to your dry skin cells.

Can I Use Hyaluronic Acid in a Sauna if I Live in a Dry Climate?

People tend to think that saunas are good for the skin because of the steam and moisture in the room. The truth is the temperatures in saunas dries out the skin, so they are not a good choice for using hyaluronic acid. If you just can't skip the steam, you can still enjoy the sauna from time to time, but you'll need to moisturize well afterward.

Is Squalane Oil the Same Thing as Hyaluronic Acid?

Squalane oil and hyaluronic acid have many of the same properties and benefits, but they are not the same product. Hyaluronic acid is very hydrating and great for the skin, but it cannot hold moisture in long-term. That's where squalane comes in. It comes from squalene, which is an oil our bodies produce naturally. Olive plants produce it, too, which is how scientists create the byproduct. Unlike hyaluronic acid, squalane not only pulls moisture from the air but also keeps it there by trapping it on your skin long enough for your body to absorb it.

Should Squalane Oil Be Used on Oily Skin?

Although squalane is extremely beneficial for those who have dry or normal skin, dermatologists recommend that people who have oily skin avoid it. This is because the oil comes from sebaceous glands, which can cause more breakouts for someone who is prone to acne. Most experts agree that it is best used by people who have extremely dry skin or who are beginning to show signs of the aging process. 

Can Squalane Oil and Hyaluronic Acid Be Used Together?

Skincare gurus seem to agree that there are no real benefits to using squalane oil and hyaluronic acid in the same routine, although they do feel that both have advantages for the skin. Instead of using them at the same time, you can alternate products. Try using hyaluronic acid in the morning and squalane at night or use each product on alternate days.

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From acids to oils, Timeless Skin Care has everything you need to create the skincare routine that works for you. We offer products that are truly nourishing for your skin, without the harmful effects of fillers, preservatives or fragrances. Whether you’re looking for pure serum or hydrating cream, you can purchase from us with confidence, knowing that your products are made with safe and natural ingredients. Don't forget to check out our Timeless Hydrating Eye Cream for those fine lines.

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