Why Hyaluronic Acid Actually Causes Skin Dryness
One of the main selling points for hyaluronic acid as a hydrating serum for dry skin is that it can help create a more youthful appearance. Although a dermatologist won't necessarily choose one product over another, if they does have a favourite ingredient, it's likely to be hyaluronic acid. And why wouldn't they? Hyaluronic acid has many benefits for the skin, but under certain conditions, it can actually contribute to dryness.
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that draws moisture to your skin, but under low humidity conditions it actually pulls water out of your skin and increases transdermal water loss. This causes dryness that you may notice as flaking or scaling on the surface of your face.
Preventing skin dryness means layering your hyaluronic acid serum with an occlusive ingredient—one that forms a physical barrier on the skin and thus locks in moisture – this is known as ceramide, rosehip or squalane oil. Alternatively, you can use one product which does both: drawing moisture into the cells as well as creating this seal of protection against further evaporation.
Why Red Algae gel is the best moisturiser for dry skin?
Red algae gel is a popular ingredient in moisturisers, thanks to its hydrating and moisturising properties. It has been shown that the bioactive compounds in red algae have a greater hydrating and moisturising effect than hyaluronic acid.
Is algae good for your skin?
In addition for being used as a skin pigmentation treatment because of its ability to inhibit the enzyme linked to melanin manufacture that causes skin pigmentation. Consistent use will even out your skin tone and texture as well as reduce hyperpigmentation.
Red Algae has one of nature's most potent antioxidants- Astaxanthin which is 6,000 times more potent than vitamin C and Astaxanthin is 600 times more effective at fighting free radicals than vitamin E. It helps neutralise the oxidative stress caused by everyday life, preventing it from breaking down collagen and causing wrinkles or fine lines in your skin.
In the end, you might not want to ditch your HA serums just yet. After all, there are many reasons why you might prefer to use a serum that focuses on hyaluronic acid. But make sure to use other products in addition if the humidity is low; you can also add red algae gel into your routine for its diversifying benefits.
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