Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient we hear about in our makeup and skincare products. It is even a favorite injectable used as a filler.
First, let’s talk about what Hyaluronic doesn’t do. There is no hard evidence that proves Hyaluronic Acid can prevent changes in the skin associated with aging even though it is promoted as The Fountain Of Youth! So let’s stop deceiving ourselves here. It has not been proven that HA can benefit humans as an anti-aging cure. No, it doesn’t prevent the skin from aging.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally in our bodies and serves as a natural moisturizing, plumping substance. It softens and plumps the skin because it attracts and holds water.It hydrates the outer layer of the skin. It is able to hold 1000 X its weight in water, and it works by binding skin cells to water to give them moisture. One half of an apple is not treated with HA, the other half is treated with HA. The treated side (on the right) is able to draw water in from the surrounding environment, and provide lasting hydration. The untreated half of apple (on the left) starts to spoil. HA acts as a humectant. It works the same way on the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. After the skin has been treated with HA, it continues to draw water from the surrounding environment and provides the epidermis with lasting hydration. So small lines and wrinkles puff out (because they absorbed water and are hydrated).Unfortunately, the HA molecule is too big to get under to the lower layers of the skin.
HA naturally fortifies your skin creating a natural barrier, which locks in moisture, and creates an even more hydrating effect. It also increases skin’s resilience to defend itself against environmental age factors, including pollutants. HA can get deeper only when it is injected. The injection can take HA further, to the next layer of the skin, the dermis. It can lessen visible lines and wrinkles, because HA reduces the size and visibility of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating cells to produce more collagen and elastin ( 2 fibers that contribute to skin elasticity) It can also stimulate skin cell regeneration and assist the skin cells to regenerate and create healthier cells and a more vibrant complexion.
By promoting proper moisture balance in the skin, HA prevents overly produced clogged pores that cause breakouts.
No, HA is not the fountain of youth!
If you want a temporary fix, a plumping of hydration, try a filler with hyaluronic acid, that must be injected into the skin.
But, if you want to give your skin moisture that will minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and maintain elasticity, and strengthen collagen, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to enhance the levels of the amount of Hyaluronic Acid that you use. Even though it is not proven,nor is it in any way , shape or form “The Fountain of Youth” miracle that will combat aging, it still makes sense to me that as a natural substance, it is worth it to try HA , especially if you want to maintain beautiful, healthy skin.
Do you use products with HA? I do, I think it is hard not to these days, it seems to be in almost all skincare. I did purchase a HA serum from Ordinary Cosmetics, which is pretty good for some moisture! Do you get HA injections? How long does it last? Let us know in the comments below, and stop in and say hi!
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