Yes, You Want Hyaluronic Acid in Your Foundation — Here’s Why
Makeup and skin care tend to live on very different spectrums, and although they go hand in hand, it’s rare to find products and spaces where they’re one in the same. Things are changing however — and we’re seeing popular skin-care ingredients pop up in products like foundation, concealer and even lipsticks. According to Balanda Atis, Director of Face Development and Multicultural Beauty for L’Oréal USA, “consumers have increased their attention to skin improving benefits and are purchasing more skin care products.”, which has inspired lots of makeup products that are good for your skin too. We’re fans of the new shift, and more formulas are offering skin benefits that enhance your present skin-care routine. One ingredient that’s already making its way into formulas is hyaluronic acid, a substance we already have in our bodies that prevents the loss of moisture in the skin. It’s likely you’ve already heard the name and if its well-known status isn’t reason enough to add it into your routine, consider this the icing on the skin-care cake: It helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within your skin cells and helps skin to look more plump and hydrated.
It’s also loved for its ability to work for virtually any skin type (including sensitive!) and when added to foundation formulas, it helps to hydrate skin throughout the day. Brands have recently begun infusing foundation formulas with hyaluronic acid to bridge the gap between skin care and makeup, prioritizing hydrating ingredients and serums for added skin care benefits. With that in mind we’ve rounded up our favorite hyaluronic-acid infused foundations ahead, all of which will even your skin tone while also nourishing your skin.
Formulated with water-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid offers complete coverage and up to 12 hours of wear while still hydrating your skin. Maybelline was inspired to create the foundation as a “hybrid foundation that fuses makeup and skin care” says Atis. It works well for all skin types (including sensitive skin) and a wide range of skin concerns, concealing fine lines and covering pores without feeling heavy on the skin.
Part serum, part foundation, IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ blends makeup and skin care with ease. In addition to being packed with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and ceramides, it also gives skin a luminous finish, and it reduces the look of pores and discoloration.
If you want a little coverage with a lot of moisture we recommend opting for Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, which offers a hint of color and pearlescent pigments that make you look lit-from-within. The Hourglass Hyaluronan Complex also gives skin a more plumped appearance while also diminishing the look of blemishes and imperfections.