If you like looking at ingredient lists on your skin care products, you might have seen hyaluronic acid at least once.
Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient found in many skin care products as well as injectable fillers. It’s also in cosmetic products you can buy over the counter. The hype is there because experts believe that hyaluronic acid helps fight signs of aging.
While scientists are still busy researching for all the reasons hyaluronic acid is so awesome for healthy-looking skin, here’s what I can share about hyaluronic acid in a nutshell:
1. Did you know you have hyaluronic acid in your skin?
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that is composed of sugars. It’s already in your skin, and in the connective tissues throughout your body. It’s somewhat of a slippery substance that keeps skin plump and moisturized, and help the joints move smoothly.
2. Hyaluronic acid is a great source of moisture. But there’s a catch…
Hyaluronic acid can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water which is why it’s great for your skin. So when you apply this on the surface of your skin, it fills up with moisture and keeps skin hydrated. There is a slight disadvantage however, because hyaluronic acid molecules are large and can’t penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers. In other words, the benefits are temporary and superficial.
3. Hyaluronic acid can help you maintain a youthful look.
The natural face-plumping structures of our skin diminish as we age. Fortunately, a qualified doctor can inject fillers like Restylane, which is a gel formulation derivative of hyaluronic acid. This substance is known to help improve the appearance of the face. Restylane can be used to help fill in the wrinkles around your mouth or can be injected in the forehead to soften horizontal lines. But hyaluronic acid injections don’t just smooth wrinkles. Restylane can also be injected as fillers for plumper cheekbones or fuller lips.
4. There are hyaluronic acid supplements in the market.
Hyaluronic acid is also available as a dietary supplement in capsule form, which some doctors prescribe for joint pain. I’ve also read that taking hyaluronic acid supplements help with collagen production, but from what I understand, it’s tricky to say how much of the hyaluronic acid is broken down by the digestive system before it can actually give you this benefit.
Do you use hyaluronic acid in your beauty regimen? Tell me all about it below!
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