I’ve been vaguely aware of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and that it plays an important role in my skin’s overall appearance and well-being for a while now, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago during a trip to Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute that I learned just how important. I came into Dr. Aguilera’s office for a general consultation and to learn more about SkinCeuticals latest launch, the H.A. Intensifier. I’ve been a huge fan of SkinCeuticals for years, and am always excited to try out new procedures and products to share with y’all. So when the opportunity came along to be one of the first influencers to test out the H.A. Intensifier I jumped!
During my consultation with Dr. Aguilera, I more or less got a crash course in all things HA. I felt like I was back in science class, but in a good way because this was information I can actually use (and hopefully y’all can use too). I’m not going to lie to you, it is a lot of information to absorb, so I’m presenting in a Q&A format to make it as easy to get through as possible.
What does HA do for my skin?
HA is a naturally produced humectant aka something that helps to regulate moisture levels in the skin and keep your skin hydrated.
If my skin already produces HA why do I need to worry about using a product with HA?
Your skin’s natural HA production declines with age starting around your 20s which contributes significantly to signs of aging.
Why is SkinCeutical’s H.A. intensifier different from other products on the market?
Basically most other products containing HA help on a surface level to provide moisture, which provides temporary results but SkinCeutical’s H.A. intensifier takes it step further. Their formula helps encourage your own natural production of HA, which helps correct the problem in the long run.
What are the ingredients in the H.A. Intensifier and how do they work?
• Supports skin’s hyaluronic acid levels
• Helps maintain skin’s balance for improved firmness
2.0% Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and 0.2% Purple Rice Extract
• Dipotassium glycyrrhizate is the principal component of licorice root
• Purple rice is a seed of oryza sativa linne, a type of rice originating in China
• Together these ingredients help preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin
1.3% Hyaluronic Acid
• Provides long-lasting hydration to improve skin’s texture
Who should use the H.A. Intensifier?
• Anyone with signs of volume loss
• Loss of elasticity
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Rough, uneven texture
Can I wear it under make up?
It’s a super lightweight serum/gel, and in my opinion it almost acts as a great primer for makeup application. I use it after a SkinCeuticals antioxidant and follow with up with my favorite SkinCeuticals anti-redness moisturizer and SPF.
What’s the bottom line?
The H.A. Intensifier is a multi-beneficial formula containing a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid (HA), Proxylane, and purple rice extract to support skin’s natural HA reservoir to help renew plumpness, elasticity, and firmness. The appearance of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines are reduced, and a taut and smooth canvas is formed to help refine skin’s complexion.
After my info session, Dr. Aguilera analyzed my skin and helped me come up with a game plan. Because I’m still in my 20s, the effects of declining H.A. are still minimal on my skin, so we took a more preventative approach.* He recommended that he inject a few areas with fillers to smooth out some lines forming above and below my mouth, and that I start using the H.A. Intensifier in the morning and before bed. Basically the fillers will help fill in any problem areas, and the intensifier will help the results last longer while it works to get my HA production back on track.
* I also think it bears mentioning that it is SO much easier to prevent than it is to correct when it comes to taking care of your skin, whether it’s skin damage, wrinkles, or facial fullness.
A special thank you to Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute for their hospitality and services.
This post is brought to you by SkinCeuticals. All opinions remain my own.