How Hyaluronic Acid Works With Your Other Skincare Ingredients

How Hyaluronic Acid Works With Your Other Skincare Ingredients

Hopped on the hyaluronic bandwagon? Excellent decision! Hyaluronic is a known hydration hero all year-round (but especially if you’re in the chilly depths of winter and want to supercharge your routine).

Before you throw it into your routine, we’re here to let you know how it works with other skincare superstars that might already be lurking on your shelves.

Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C

A magnificent combo. Pair them together for a boost of moisture and outrageous levels of brightness. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are a daily dream team; you can have them tag team (with vitamin C taking the AM shift and HA taking the PM) or you can layer them.

Hyaluronic Acid and Retinoids

Retinoids are one of the fussier members of the skincare world. There are lots of ingredients that they won’t work with, but surprisingly, hyaluronic acid isn’t on that list. This means you can absolutely layer your hyaluronic acid after your retinol or retinal.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Retinoids go first (a good way to remember what order your skincare goes in, is most active to least - as retinol/retinal is an active ingredient, it goes first).
  • Give your retinoid some time to sink in before you go in with your hyaluronic acid. Have a look at the product instructions for how long you’ll need to allow it to wait.
  • Retinoids are a PM only kind of product, whereas hyaluronic acid can be used morning or night (or both!) depending on personal preference. If you’re a HA in the AM fan, your retinoid and hyaluronic may not cross over at all.

Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide

Combining hyaluronic acid and niacinamide in your routine is MORE than okay. Particularly if you’re on the sensitive side (both are widely regarded to be ultra gentle) and are into bouncy, radiant skin. Like the great humectant it is, hyaluronic acid attracts water and leaves the skin plump and juicy, while niacinamide helps to regulate sebum (oil) production and cell turnover, which both contribute to a brighter complexion. Both can be slotted into your AM or PM routine, and as for the result? Firm, hydrated skin without a whiff of irritation. Lovely.

Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides

The perfect combination of highly effective, yet not too aggressive, moisturising agents for any skin type. In fact, they work even harder for your skin once combined! While ceramides help minimise water lost through the skin's surface, hyaluronic acid draws water molecules back in from the atmosphere to keep the barrier juicy and replenished. Pumped Up Skin, right this way.   

Hyaluronic Acid and AHAs/BHAs

How does your hyaluronic work with your chemical exfoliants? Perfectly. If it’s not clear yet, HA is pretty much universally adored; not just by all skin types, but by all othe ingredients. And your AHAs and BHAs are no exception. Pair them together in your PM routine for a real thorough clean (AHAs/BHAs) and a real moisture boost (HA).

One thing to note! Our very own hyaluronic acid serum, Much Plumper Skin, is also made with peptides, which prefer a bit of space from AHAs. Go-To formulation chemist Ingrid explains that in order to not impact the efficacy of your AHA or Much Plumper Skin, “as an added precaution we would recommend that if you are going to use an AHA in your routine use it before you apply the serum and rinse it off before using Much Plumper Skin.”