Monday, December 9, 2013

Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

Hyaluronic Acid (HA), is naturally found in the human body, predominately in the eyes and joints.  Hyaluronic Acid is what gives skin volume an fullness, making a youthful skin look tight healthy and wrinkle free.  The HA that is used as medicine or in skin care products is usually extracts from kelp, rooster comb or bacteria.

Hyaluronic Acid helps collagen production, being an integral part of anti aging.  Collagen is rich in the amino acids of hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline.  Lysine and proline are acquired from diet, and is converted into the amino acids with Vitamin C.  Hyaluronic works in conjunction with Vitamin C to form collagen and elastin bindings, repairing and replenishing collagen.

Topical Hyaluronic Acid occurs in the forms of gels and serums but is efficacy is limited. As an extremely capable humectant HA can hold hundreds of times its weight in water and is utilized in many moisturizers as a key ingredient for hydration.  The smaller the molecule the more effective in penetrating the skin.  There is some controversy whether undiluted HA should be used especially in dry climates. The conjecture is when humidity in the air is very low, being that HA's ability to pull moisture from the air.  It might in fact pull moisture from ones skin instead.  More research is required, but in the meantime do not use pure Hyaluronic Acid in dry environments or simply as a general rule, use a HA combination product.

in the body Hyaluronic Acid works as a cushion and lubricant in our joints and other tissues.  Also known as Restylane, it is used by plastic surgeons as a filler for facial wrinkles, folds and lip augmentation.  The nature of HA is to attract and bind water to allow fullness in where it applied. Approved by the FDA in 2003 it may last up to six months or longer as a filler.

Hyaluronic Acid is touted as the large glass of water our skin is craving, and by all means, satisfy the craving for healthier skin!

Miss Violet

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