Before we go ahead, we first need to understand what hyaluronic acid actually is. It isn’t just a cosmetic ingredient you see so often on the back of your lotion and moisturizer container. It is one of the most important elements that is naturally present in our body.
So what is Hyaluronic Acid?
Scientifically defined, hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that is present in skin and connective tissues running through our body. Simply put, it is a naturally produced ‘large sugar’ in the human body that helps lubricate joints, maintains the eye fluid and hydrates skin. That’s right! You have it in you already! Hyaluronic acid has the potential to retain more than 1000 times its weight in water in the skin cells. Therefore it is an excellent moisturizing agent. However, the problem arises when as you age the production of hyaluronic acid or HA in our body decreases, resulting in the process of skin aging.
Importance of hyaluronic acid for your skin
As mentioned earlier, the ability of hyaluronic acid (aka hyaluronate or hyaluronan) to hold water more than any other naturally occurring substance in your body makes it unique. HA thus is responsible for maintaining skin elasticity, skin hydration, collagen production and giving you a healthy youthful skin. It is this quality that makes HA such an integral part of beauty and anti-aging products, because the manufacture of hyaluronic acid is proportional to the aging process. As you age, the natural production of HA diminishes resulting in occurrence of wrinkles and skin dryness. Due to its high molecular weight, it is difficult for HA molecules to perforate the skin’s top layer, limiting its properties. However, after many scientific research successes, cosmetic companies and skin specialists have designed products with lower molecular mass of HA which penetrate the layer of skin to give you a wrinkle-free, hydrated look.
Hyaluronic acid is easily available in many forms like skin creams and injectible’s that you can choose from to retain that soft, smooth, youthful skin.
They were introduced after the collagen injections didn’t do very well. Unlike the collagen injectables, hyaluronic acid injectables do not require an allergy test and are subtler on the skin. Restylane and Juvederm are a couple of examples of HA injectables that are safe and effective.
HA can be applied topically. It is found in creams, lotions, moisturizers and serums. Experts believe that though any HA in any form is great for your skin, serums by far are simpler and the best way to get the elements to penetrate into your skin’s layers. There is an array of beauty and anti-aging serums that have long lasting results and help make your skin plumper, suppler and younger looking. HA acts as a sponge to your skin retaining the much needed moisture that decreases over time making it appear dull, saggy and crinkled.
So now that you know what all the fuss is about, always make sure to look for this indispensable ingredient in your beauty products.