If you’ve taken a trip to your nearest department store and took a stroll down the skincare aisle, you probably have seen products formulated with an ingredient called hyaluronic acid (HA). Despite its name sounding like something that can burn the skin, this compound actually does some great things for it.
Hyaluronic acid has become a trending ingredient in a handful of skin care products. It is often recommended by dermatologists and physicians because of its ability to improve the texture of the skin while reducing signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid has been made into almost every skincare product including lotions, serums and creams. Despite it sounding like an ingredient that was created in a lab, our bodies actually produce this substance itself.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do for the Skin?
Hyaluronic acid is a moisturizing agent that is a form of sugar and serves as a building block for a variety of bodily functions. It’s used to help build the fluid between the joints, makes soft tissue more resilient, exists in the tendons and muscles and also possesses anti-inflammatory capabilities.
This ingredient can do wonders for the skin, reason being is because it is an extremely effective moisturizer that reduces fine lines while promoting a youthful glow, mainly because HA can hold almost 100 times its weight in the amount of moisture and if used on a consistent basis, the benefits are seen within just a few weeks.
But while HA offers many benefits and is available in a variety of skincare products on the market, it still doesn’t change the fact that some of these skincare products contain synthetic fragrances and dyes, outweighing the benefits of the HA content.
So, instead of playing the guessing game to determine which products you should purchase at the store with the least amount of harmful ingredients, why not make your own with all natural ingredients that you know won’t damage your skin?
Make It Yourself: Hyaluronic Acid Anti-aging Cream
This recipe isn’t isn’t complicated, but some of the ingredients will require some online searching because they most likely are not in your local supermarket. Hyaluronic acid powder can be found on Amazon, just make sure it is 100 percent organic. You will also need vegetable glycerin, which can be found on Amazon as well.
All the other ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, lemon and green tea you might already have stored in your house somewhere. All these ingredients help promote skin health by moisturizing, cleansing and promoting an even skin tone complexion while reducing dark spots. Now that you know all that you need, it’s time to start making your new facial cream.
- 1 gram hyaluronic acid powder
- 1 green tea bag
- 4 ounce cold distilled water
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon glycerin
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon shea butter
- Steep the green tea bag into a cup of hot distilled water with the coconut oil and shea butter for about 2 minutes until the oils are melted; allow the water to cool
- Add in the HA powder; it will appear a bit clumpy but that’s normal
- Add in the glycerin and olive oil and pour the mixture into a glass bowl
- Mix the ingredients with a hand blender
- Add in the lemon juice and blend once more
- Pour your cream into a container
- Voilá! You have your very own facial cream
This cream is extremely effective and will last about two to three weeks until you will need to make a fresh batch. You can use this cream every night or you can use it as a daily moisturizer. Make sure you keep your cream in the fridge so that it holds its form and lasts.
Recipe inspired by Best Anti-aging.