Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural, water retaining substance found in the skin, which acts as your body’s natural hydrator. HA retains moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient and supple. With age, the mount of HA in the skin decreases, diminishing your skins ability to stay hydrated.
” Hyaluronic acid, or hyaluronan, is the body’s lubricant molecule. It is basically a very big and complex sugar-related molecule called a glycosaminoglycan that is found naturally throughout the body and works in many different ways to keep us healthy and active.
It is very popular as used in a number of cosmetic fillers known as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which get injected under the surface of the skin to replace lost volume and fill deep folds. Lately, topical products have begun to include the molecule as a moisturising or anti-ageing ingredient.”
Dr. Jessica Krant, dermatologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Centre
Scientific studies have shown that HA improves skin hydration, stimulates production of collagen in skin, works as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, maintains skin elasticity, cushions joints and nerve tissues, has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity and maintains the fluid in the eye tissues, which may help to protect against numerous possible eye concerns.
Decreasing levels of hyaluronic acid are known to accompany the ageing process and it is estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the synthesis of HA is roughly half that required by the body.
Almost half of the body’s HA is located in the collagen of skin. HA retains over 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer and plumping agent for smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles.
Now considered even more important that collagen in the anti-ageing race, HA can be taken orally or in a skincare regime to minimise the effects of skin ageing.
Advice from Dr. Jessica Krant,
“In topical products like moisturizers and serums, the hyaluronic acid molecule works in an unexpected way. Not only is the molecule itself slippery, it’s too large to be absorbed through the skin surface into the skin, so it sits on top and doesn’t go anywhere for a long time. This allows the water that it is dissolved in, or that it attracts from the environment, to sit on the skin too, keeping everything hydrated.
It also has a bit of an anti-inflammatory component and is very soothing on the skin, in addition to aiding wound healing, which makes it great for use after laser resurfacing procedures or burn injuries.”
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