Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a lubricating, clear fluid found in our bodies, especially in our eyes and joints where it retains collagen and valuable moisture. Because it is natural and considered safe, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient in products that support joint health and is used in cold sore treatments and eye lubricants. In addition, hyaluronic acid is widely used in beauty products designed to help skin maintain a youthful, dewy appearance, and many fans say it is the ultimate anti-aging treatment.
How does hyaluronic acid work?
As we grow older, skin is less able to preserve moisture and is not as plump or firm. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful hydrator that absorbs up to 1,000 times its weight in water. More moisture means younger-looking, glowing skin. In fact, we think HA is the super-heroine of moisturizers. It helps the skin look softer, smoother and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition, years of sun exposure and “dirty” air can harm our skin. Hyaluronic acid acts as a defense against the harmful effects of pollution and too much sun. It can help correct years of damage from these environmental hazards.
Hats off to science
Thankfully, skin scientists have created hyaluronic acid beauty products that penetrate and get below the skin’s surface. Moreover, some studies show that HA serums can significantly reduce wrinkle depth in just several weeks.
Hyaluronic acid also works on all types of complexions, including oily and combination skin. In addition, to correct blemishes, such as burns or wounds, on other parts of your body, HA is a healing agent. Plastic surgeons also use hyaluronic acid as lip filler.
What can I expect from hyaluronic acid?
If you are using HA to improve your skin’s appearance, expect your skin to be smoother and have a healthy glow. It will feel lightweight and does not feel heavy on the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is considered safe to use and is approved by the FDA for eye surgery, such as removing cataracts. Healthcare professionals also inject HA into joints to increase mobility.
Good to know
HA is in a wide range of moisturizers, serums and cleansers, from drugstore favorites to high-end brands. Ask your spa aesthetician or dermatologist if hyaluronic acid is right for you. Many day spas and medical spas offer facials that include HA and there is usually no downtime or side effects. We think you’ll like the results!
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