When it comes to skin health, hydration means much more than just preventing dryness. Wrinkles, clogged pores, and an overall decrease in that youthful glow we all strive for are just some of the side effects when our biggest organ is poorly hydrated.
One of Dr. Sandra Lee’s (aka Dr. Pimple Popper) favourite ingredients for boosting skin hydration is hyaluronic acid. She created SLMD Skincare Skin Drink, a potent combination of hyaluronic acid and squalane, to deeply hydrate and moisturise parched skin.
But this powerful serum goes well beyond basic hydration — here are 8 ways to take advantage of Skin Drink’s super powers.
1. As a pre-moisturising moisturiser
Because serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients, they should be applied just after cleansing, but before your daily moisturiser. This will allow the serum's active ingredients to penetrate before you lock in the benefits with your moisturiser. Try SLMD Skincare Facial Moisturizer, a lightweight formula with added vitamin C to help brighten skin.
2. As an added boost to your favourite moisturiser
If you’re not quite sure about adding a full layer of product beneath your moisturiser, try this insider trick: just add a drop or two of Skin Drink to your favourite moisturiser for an added boost that won’t feel too heavy or oily.
3. As a glow enhancer
One of Dr. Lee’s favourite skincare hacks comes from her makeup artist friends, who add a drop of hyaluronic acid serum to foundation or bb cream. This boost of hydration helps makeup glide on smoothly and creates that coveted dewy glow. Adjust the coverage by changing the proportion of serum and foundation to create your ideal look.
4. As a lip treatment
Hyaluronic acid is ideal for any area that tends to get very dry, including your lips. Patting a couple of drops of your Skin Drink directly onto clean lips can offer benefits in seconds, either as a hydrating mask or a primer before applying lip products to dry, chapped lips.
5. As an all-over moisturiser
Serums don’t have to stop at the face. If you have additional dry areas on your body, simply put a few drops directly onto the affected skin. Looking to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay (because we all know gravity doesn’t stop at the chin!)? Try using your hyaluronic acid serum on the neck and chest to plump up the skin. Simply apply the serum and then pat until it’s fully absorbed.
Rough heels? Pat a few drops of Skin Drink onto your feet and cover them with cotton socks before bed. Dry, snagged cuticles? Drop a small amount onto your nail beds for a moisturising treatment that won’t leave you feeling greasy.
6. As a hair treatment.
If you’ve got dry, dead ends or lackluster locks, smooth on a little hyaluronic acid to restore healthy shine. Try using your Skin Drink as a leave-in conditioner, flyaway tamer, or a post-heat treatment hair mask.
7. As a post-sun soother
The benefits of aloe vera on sunburned skin are widely known, but applying a few drops of Skin Drink to burned, dry, or sun-damaged areas can provide a gentle and soothing solution for sensitive or damaged skin.
8. As a hydrating mask
Thanks to the popularity of K-beauty, sheet masks have been all the rage for anyone looking to indulge in a skincare treatment that won’t break the bank. If you have a serum you already love and are looking to get even more out of it, consider creating a simple, DIY sheet mask of your own. To make one, start by purchasing compression mask pellets, which are dry paper masks no larger than a breath mint. Then, add several drops of Skin Drink to the pellet and wait for it to absorb, which will unfold the mask. Once it opens up, apply the wet mask to clean skin the same way you would a store-bought sheet mask. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and remove, patting the excess serum onto your face, neck, and chest.
Dr. Lee’s last word
Hyaluronic acid is one of my absolute favourite dermatological ingredients. It’s extremely hydrating, and it’s well suited for all skin types — even those with sensitive, dry skin like me. It’s a true multitasker, ideal for addressing dryness on the face, body — even hair and nails — and for boosting that glow everyone’s talking about.
—Dr. Sandra Lee