Quite a big statement, but we mean it! This one product could be the final fix for your oily skin – trust us we’ve tried everything! Oily skin is one of the most frustrating skin types, not only does all that oil mess with your makeup but sooner or later it leads to breakouts. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: The answer to your problem is more moisture, yes seriously!
As dermatologist Dr. Doris Day explained to us, when your skin is dehydrated it produces more sebum to lubricate your skin. Which means by skipping moisturizer your skin gets dehydrated and actually creates more oil. The key to controlling oil is by ensuring your skin is hydrated, and for the ultimate hydration, nothing does it better than hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is an intensely moisturizing molecule found naturally in your body and skin – it’s able to hold 1000 times its weight in water. By using hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine, it will hydrate your skin like no other ingredient can. It’s actually amazing for all skin types; it hydrates dry skin, diminishes fine lines (as you get older your body stops creating HA, so adding it helps naturally plump your skin), and acne-prone skin. Check out our full feature on hyaluronic acid here.
By including a product with hyaluronic acid into your morning and evening routine you can hydrate your skin to the optimum level, which will reduce the amount of oil your skin produces during the day. Add one to your routine, apply before your moisturizer, and you will never look back! Here are some of our favorite hyaluronic acid products and how to use them in your skincare routine:
The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $11
Possibly the most affordable option on the market, this formula has three types of HA at different molecular levels, so it penetrates the epidermis as well as moisturizing the surface. It’s super lightweight (like a watery gel formula) and can be used immediately after toner and before moisturizer – if we’re in a hurry we combine a few drops with our moisturizer. Shop it here.
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid, $42
This South Korean formula contains high amounts of Sodium Hyaluronate (A form of HA with a smaller molecular size that penetrates deeply into the skin) and it can be used on its own during the day and under a moisturizer at night. Shop it here.
Paula’s Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, $38
If wrinkles are concerning you as much as your oily complexion, this super hydrating serum is for you. It’s packed with antioxidants to battle against aging free-radicals, niacinamide to improve the appearance of pores, and of course Hyaluronic acid to offer lightweight hydration before you apply moisturizer.
Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex, $50
Created by the same company that owns The Ordinary, this is Niod’s version of their Hyaluronic Acid. This formula is more advanced and boasts 15 different forms of HA (hence the heftier price tag). This intelligent formula sinks into the skin right away and can be used before moisturizer – you will see an almost instant plumping and brightening effect.
Have you tried hyaluronic acid? Let us know in the comments below.