When the New York Times published a piece on Hyaluronic Acid a few weeks ago, we were all reminded about how amazing HA is for the skin. One woman they interviewed said that HA was “like Vaseline around the lens. It just makes the skin a little bit smoother, a little bit dewier.” So of course I did what everyone else presumably did which was jump onto the various company’s sites deciding which serum I would buy that very day.
Of the few mentioned Pestle & Mortar’s serum looked like the best bet for me- clean ingredients, good price ($70), and a formula I can use daily. The other ones were more specialty treatments, or had HA mixed in with other ingredients so it wasn’t as potent. I wanted it as pure as possible so after some Googling around this is what I ordered. Note: Although Pestle and Mortar’s site has a message that their serum is backordered 3 to 4 weeks, it shipped the same day I ordered it arriving 2 days later.
Why Hyaluronic Acid?
– It’s a naturally occurring compound found in every cell of the body, especially in the skin.
– Young skin has lots of HA while older, dryer skin doesn’t- meaning that HA is directly associated with youthful looking skin.
– It’s been touted ‘nature’s moisturizer.’
– It holds 1000x its weight in water which makes it an ideal hydrator.
– It’s plumping and increases radiance.
– It has been shown to stimulate collagen in studies.
– HA comes in creams, but a serum gives the best penetration and often has the highest concentration.
I’ve only used it twice after micro-needling (see this amazing article HERE on micro-needling if you’re not already a fan) to get maximum absorption and benefits. It’s what most pros use if you go in for a professional needling because it’s exactly what you’d want to absorb so deeply because it’s so beneficial.
You can use the serum under a moisturizer or in place of one- it’s pure hydration and so lightweight so both oily and dry skin can benefit. I like how silky is makes my face feel and there isn’t a trace of anything left behind.
It’s too soon to tell if it’s a miracle yet, but I’m sure going to give it a try.