How to start formulating with hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a beautiful, luxurious humectant that’s brilliant for dry skin, but due to its high price tag (it’s usually well over $2USD per gram!) it can be a bit intimidating to work with. So, if you’ve been wanting to start formulating with this gorgeous, luxurious ingredient—but haven’t been sure where to start—this blog post is for you! I’ve collected answers to the most common hyaluronic acid questions and compiled seven of my favourite hyaluronic acid formulations from the last couple years to make it super easy to get started.


Easy Niacinamide Serums for Beginners

Niacinamide—also known as Vitamin B3—is a potent, effective, and popular active ingredient with amazing brightening and barrier-boosting skincare benefits. But, it can be a bit intimidating to work with. So, if you’ve been wanting to start formulating with niacinamide but haven’t been sure where to start, you’re in the right place. Let’s get started 😄


Hyaluronic Acid Serum: 3 vs. 5 vs. 8 ingredients

In this post I’m going to teach you how to make three different hyaluronic acid serums; one with 3 ingredients, one with 5, and one with 8. Each formulation builds on the one before it so you can see how to modify and expand on (or, if done in reverse, simplify!) a serum formulation.

I’ve packed this post full of helpful links, so for the best learning experience please click through and read the ‘bonus’ material as well. Happy making!


5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid Exfoliating Serum

Reveal even, smoother, glowing skin with this 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid Exfoliating Serum formulation. Gentle AHA lactic acid offers mild chemical exfoliation, backed up with a blend of skin-soothing and hydrating actives to reduce inflammation potential and keep your skin hydrated and happy. I’ve had a ton of requests for AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) formulations over the years, and today I’m finally sharing one—I hope you like it!


Brighten & Boost Facial Serum

This cold-processed face serum does a whole lot of awesome things: it hydrates, brightens, reduces fine lines, evens out skin tone, boosts barrier function, soothes, softens, and might also know exactly which mango in that display at the grocery store will taste the best (no promises about that last one, though 😝). If you watched my recent ingredient deep-dive into niacinamide and have been thinking you should make something awesome with it, I think this Brighten & Boost Facial Serum is a fabulous choice!

How to Make Brighten & Boost Facial Serum