In months where it feels like one’s face is melting within seconds of stepping outside, the thought of applying a rich cream does not appeal. This is even more true for those of us whose skin tends to be oily at the best of times. When just breathing can work up a sweat, nobody wants to slather on anything greasy.
At the same time, depriving skin of necessary hydration can send sebaceous glands into overdrive. Triggering increased oil production is not the way to go.
To help skin retain moisture, products rich in hyaluronic acid are the best bet. While HA has been one of the most buzzed-about ingredients in beauty of late, its reputation is deserved. One molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Yes, our bodies make HA, but production slows as we age. When the top layers of our skin are running low on it, bacteria is more likely to live on our faces, often causing acne breakouts. Adding to the fun, a lack of hyaluronic acid can also mean skin heals much more slowly. So whatever blemishes you do get are more likely to stick around for a while or leave a scar.