What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is the holy grail of anti-aging. It has the unique capacity to bind water molecules and ultimately hold onto moisture in the skin. HA can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water! As we age our cells begin to lose their ability to retain water so HA helps the cells by attracting more moisture. HA works by plumping the skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.

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HA and Anti-aging

The process of aging is a very complex one with many different processes including external and internal factors. Internal relates to the biological processes of the skin.

When it comes to managing our naturally ageing skin there are several factors we can control: what we choose to nourish it externally and what we choose to feed ourselves, caring for the skin internally .

External factors that age us, can include UV rays, pollution as well as aggressors such as chemicals, synthetic ingredients and toxins. In this case, we can do our very best to protect, replenish and nurture our skin every day, by using certified or dermatologist tested skincare to detoxify and revitalize the elements within our complexion.

We need to be mindful when taking internal aging factors  into account. What we feed our bodies, will ultimately show up on our skin as well as our level of daily hydration. The natural progression as we age is for our skin to degrade in collagen production cause a depletion in elasticity and plumpness. The result is skin that appears sunken, dehydrated and thin. Crow’s feet, saggy skin, exaggerated expression lines, wrinkles and fine lines become more and more evident.

Hyaluronic Acid(HA) is also an important part of the key to produce and maintain elastin and collagen fibers in the skin’s network. The answer to this is to embrace the way your skin naturally-forms its vital lipids. This is where Hyaluronic Acid(HA) comes into play.

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Applying HA to the skin will aid our bodies natural HA and slow down the degradation of the skin. HA is sold alone as well as in combination with collagen products. Gel moisturizers have a more watery and lighter structure than creams do. This is why gels provide hydration with a smooth finish.

They are preferable for oily skin or those looking for a matte effect without shine. They are also suitable for anyone wishing to opt for a lighter moisturizer during warmer seasons. Regardless of the season moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Your skin will only appear as well as it is taken care of. A healthy, bouncy, plump, firm and glowing complexion is embraced by well hydrated, well nourished skin. It is imperative to not that everyone has the same skin however HA is present in all of us so we cannot react to HA. Be sure to always let your aesthetician or beauty professional know of any existing allergies.

Five Facts to Know About HA

  1. HA is hydrophilic meaning it loves water. There is no other naturally occurring substance if your body that can retain this much water.
  2. Although HA has the word acid in its name it is actually a naturally occurring polysaccharid found in many different parts of your body. Due to its name including the word ‘acid’ many believe HA is drying for the skin but that couldn’t be further from the truth. HA actually aids in the plumping of the skin and helps to soften fine line and wrinkles.
  3. HA stimulates collagen production in the skin and in fact HA is stored in your skins collagen; another important reason to pair your HA with a collagen infused product or find one that contains both. A product such as Eltraderm’s Collagen+HA would be a perfect lightweight option for anyone looking to get both collagen and HA in the same product.
  4. Damage from the sun are environmental stressors we are all exposed to. Topical HA has been shown to help combat the signs of aging in the skin due to free radical damage. Topical HA improves elasticity while deeply hydrating your skin.
  5. Your body is constantly breaking down and using HA. Scientific evidence suggests that by the time you are in your 40’s your body makes 50% of what it needs. Applying HAtopically is a fantastic way to aid your body with HA loss.