A few weeks back I tried nearly a dozen different and wonderful products containing a very hot beauty ingredient: hyaluronic acid.
No other substance echoes the sentiments of beauty icon Derek Zoolander (“Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.") better than hyaluronic acid. This stuff hydrates all skin types and helps speed healing, making it essential for dermatitis and eczema sufferers as well as acneic or mature skin.
The following recipe for hyaluronic acid gel can add extra moisture to any water-based product. You can also mix half a teaspoon of it into a drink, as hyaluronic acid can be beneficial when taken internally and is often a part of a regimen for arthritis.
(You can also make the gel with distilled water, if you don’t like the taste of roses.)
How To Make Hyaluronic Acid Gel At Home
- Kitchen scale
- Small piece of waxed paper
- Small whisk
- Small Mason jar with lid
- Rosewater or hydrosol
- Hyaluronic acid powder
Place the clean (!) Mason jar on the scale and tare the weight (zero out).
The gel will be 99% liquid and 1% HA powder, so measure 99 grams of rosewater into the jar and put aside.
DON’T weigh the powder in the same receptacle as the liquid. You can very easily accidentally pour too much in, and there’s no way to undo it. Instead, take a piece of wax paper and place it on the bed of the scale.
Now weigh 1 gram of powder onto the wax paper. How very drug dealer of you.
Pour the powder directly into the liquid.
Replace the cap tightly and shake well.
Refrigerate for two hours, take out, and stir with a whisk. The mixture will be lumpy.
Refrigerate again for 2 hours, take out and enjoy!
The gel can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one month--you can decanter it into a smaller bottle for use in the bathroom. To use as a supplement, mix a half teaspoon into a cup of tea or other beverage.
You can use this for many things once you have a jar of it on hand. Using the gel straight up or soaked on a blank sheet mask will be a rich treat perfect for nighttime relaxation. A few spoonfuls added in the bath will add humectancy and smell amazing. Using this gel as a base for other beauty applications, such as DIY Vitamin C serum or body toner. You can even add some into existing beauty products, such as shampoos, leave-in hair conditioners, face washes, body lotions, toners and clay masks--just mix well before using.
- Who's ready to go H.A.M. on this?
- How/with what products do you get your hyaluronic acid fix?
- Any questions on this DIY?
Photos: Darnell Scott