Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter Skin Care Tips: Benefits of Using a Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

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Arcona Hydrating Serum

If your skin looks dull, flaky, or tight after using a moisturizer, your skin is probably dehydrated, not just dry. Dry skin is lacking oil, while dehydrated skin is lacking water. Even oily skin can be dehydrated (like mine)!  

While moisturizers keep water from evaporating from the skin, most moisturizers do not actually add any moisture to the skin. Using  a serum regularly that can rehydrate (add water to) your skin will result in soothed, balanced skin that looks healthy and plumped-up. The key ingredient you want to look for in a hydrating serum is hyaluronic acid. You may see it listed on the ingredient list as “sodium hyaluronate,” which is the salt form of hyaluronic acid that can penetrate skin. Holding 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is highly effective at keeping water in skin. It literally is a “drink of water” for skin, which is really nice during cold winter months when the heater is on all the time. Whether your skin is dry or oily, you may benefit from hyaluronic acid.

This is what I’ve found hyaluronic acid does for me:

·       reduces fine lines (by “plumping up” the skin with water)

·       eliminates the dull, tired look my dehydrated skin can get

·       reduces oiliness (by balancing out the moisture in my skin)

·       brings a healthy glow and improved texture to my skin

·       soothes and calms my skin when it is feeling irritated

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body in cartilage, skin, and synovial fluid (the fluid between joints). It helps repair tissue and improves skin’s ability to protect itself from UV and environmental damage. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid (along with collagen and elastin) in our skin decreases.  

I’d recommend looking for a serum that has a high concentration (listed close to the top of the ingredient list) of hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate and other soothing ingredients that bind moisture to skin, such as sodium PCA, allantoin, aloe vera, and ceramides. In order to “lock” the water into your skin, always follow your hydrating serum with a moisturizer, and always use a humidifier in your bedroom at night. (The humidifier makes a huge difference!)

My favorite hydrating serum is Arcona Hydrating Serum. I apply it in the morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Let me know if you try a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid and notice a difference in your skin J

I purchased the Arcona serum myself and have no affiliation Arcona, MyChelle, Renee Rouleau, or DeVita.



  1. I really like your blog, Ashley- very professionally made.
    p.s. I put few drops of rose water in my drinking water- it's said to be very good for your skin in the winter months.

  2. I really like your blog, Ashley, very professionally made.
    P.S. I put few drops of rose water in my drinking water- it's said to be very good for your skin in the winter months.
    Also, do you have any recommendations for products for black heads?

  3. Thank you Lana! Where do you buy your rose water? I've seen it for cosmetic purposes, but not food grade...I was also wondering because I saw a cake that had rose frosting that I wanted to make, but didn't know about the rose water. thanks for commenting, Lana!

  4. Lana, yes, I do have recommendations for products for black heads - I was going to post about that soon. The best thing that keeps my pores clear is a glycolic acid (form of alpha hydroxy acid) serum. I use the DeVita one, and it's my favorite. I've tried many. I use it 2 to 3 nights consecutively a week, then rest from using it 4 or 5 nights.

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    1. Thanks, let me know if you have any questions!


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