If you're going through menopause bring this one ingredient with you
We spend the majority of our younger years cursing our hormone-induced oily skin.
We wait for the day when the excess sebum production, responsible for our greasy, acne-prone and congested complexion, leaves us for good.
Fast forward to menopause though, where our hormones are now yoyo-ing differently to our youth, and our skin is left dry, papery, dehydrated. And yep, we're all begging for a little bit of that oil back.
This sudden loss of hydration is a result of the body's inability to retain water, often the first symptom of menopause. As our estrogen levels rapidly decline, so too do our collagen stores and sebum production, which results in visible fine lines and deeper set wrinkles.
And while drinking our daily requirement of water is crucial to the skin’s hydration, there is one superhero humectant who earned skin-changing status when it was discovered to be able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Hello, hyaluronic acid AKA the hydration magnet.
As the story seems to go, our once naturally produced stores of hyaluronic acid are rapidly declining as we age. So the importance of incorporating a topical serum into your daily routine (pre-moisturising) is a non-negotiable for tackling dry, menopausal skin.
Here are some of our favourite HA serums:
Main image credit: Getty
Have you tried a HA serum? If so, which is your favourite?