Updated: Aug 16, 2019
If you don't want to look like an applehead doll the best thing you can do right now is start using hyaluronic acid. I know, I know. That word acid is off-putting but it's already in your skin. Our bodies manufacture it and use it. An average 70 kg (154 lb) person has approximately 15 grams of hyaluronic acid in their body, 1/3 of which is used everyday. (Thank you Wikipedia.) Here are some interesting facts that pertain to using it as a corrective cosmetic :
It is a free-radical scavenger. We are supposed to hate free-radicals. Apparently they are unstable molecules that search for stable molecules and steal their electrons. This can cause age-related changes in appearance, such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, graying hair, hair loss and changes in hair texture. This is a very good reason to hate them.
Sun exposure stops your skin from producing it. If you expose your skin to UV rays to the point of burning it, your skin cells will stop producing as much hyaluronan which increases the degrading (wrinkling and sagging) of your skin.
It can hold 1000 times it's weight in water!! That's a moisturizer if ever their was one. By holding onto that water it plumps up your skin which reduces the look of wrinkles.
It's used as a dermal filler. Injected under the skin it plumps up lines and folds. It lasts about 6 months to a year and the cost starts at around $550 for one syringe depending on where you got to get done. The syringe holds the equivalent of 1/2 a tablespoon of product. That's not a lot but the results can be amazing. It's just that it takes a lot more than one syringe to see a significant change in your appearance.
Since cost and value for my money means a lot to me and because I don't want to have to find work in order to support my hyaluronic acid habit, I make my own. It's very easy. The only catch is finding a product that advertises as having been micronized in order to penetrate the skin. Otherwise you are smearing slime on your face (I'll get to that part in a sec) with no benefit. It will just sit there on your skin, doing nothing at all.
I buy hyaluronic acid in powder form and mix it with water. It sets to a gel that is easy to apply and feels quite soothing. If you keep it in the fridge it can be refreshing on a hot day. It has a similar texture to aloe vera gel (which is kind of slimy). I put this on my face everyday under any face creams I use. It is a great primer for under makeup as well. I also use it with my Radio Frequency Skin Care Device as it helps deliver it more efficiently into my skin.
There are recipes online for making your own hyaluronic serum. These often use glycerin and various other ingredients along with the acid. I only use distilled or sterilized water which I put in a small, sterilized glass jar. I also only make enough for a week because it doesn't have a preservative and I worry that it will become contaminated with bacteria which it will if you are dipping your fingers in it everyday.
Just a note to vegetarians. I'm not one but if I was I would want to know this. Some hyaluronic acid is made from rooster combs so you may want to check your source whether you choose to make your own or buy a ready-made serum.
Thanks for reading.