I was at the grocery store last month and wanted to find something to rejuvenate my winter weather-dry facial skin and chose a product that contained hyaluronic acid (HA). There was a reference to this ingredient in an article describing how to fight the effects of the elements that I had browsed. Of course, the article listed the “best” products with HA, but I didn’t have it on hand while shopping. A face cream had been on my list to buy for a while, so it seemed like a good idea to try something not too expensive but that I could put on immediately.
I had been wearing a Buff-like neck gater for lower face protection when outside in the bitter cold. Or pulling up a tall turtleneck for this purpose. A few of my wool second layer tops had a high neck and a small face opening, so that when fully zipped they covered my chin.
In the very cold, with a covered chin and/or partially covered mouth, my breath would condense and wet these pieces of clothing, which would rub against and chap the skin.
My cheeks were exposed.
I tried a cream offered by a common product line (L’Oreal was on sale) that advertised it contained HA. Surprisingly, it moisturized and improved the feel and appearance my skin! I wore a night ‘mask’ cream, and a day cream plus sunblock.
I made no attempt to sample or trial a number of product to find which one was “best”. I just chose one and tried it, and it worked.
I could not locate the original article that lead me to search for this type of product, but found another one that is informative. Expert references identify hyaluronic acid as a humectant that “absorbs up to 1000 times its weight in water” such that it helps skin as it “holds on to moisture and keeps your face looking plump and dewy”.
If you’re looking for a product to reverse the changes brought about by days and weeks of outdoor winter exercise consider trying one that contains hyaluronic acid. My experience shows that relatively inexpensive creams can do the job.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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