How Hyaluronic Acid Works With Your Other Skin Care Ingredients

Megan Kelly
Less than 3 minutes / May 27, 2022
How Hyaluronic Acid Works With Your Other Skin Care Ingredients

Hopped on the hyaluronic bandwagon? Excellent decision! Hyaluronic is a known hydration hero all year-round (but especially if you’re about to head into 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 skin care superstars that might already be lurking in your routine.


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 work 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 Retinol

Retinol is one of the fussiest members of the skin care world. There are lots of ingredients that it won’t work with, but surprisingly, hyaluronic acid isn’t on that list. This means you can absolutely layer your hyaluronic acid on after your retinol.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Retinol goes first (a good way to remember what order your skin care goes in is most active to least; as retinol is an active ingredient, it goes first).
  • Give your retinol 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.
  • Retinol is 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 retinol 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 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.”

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