What is hyaluronic acid?

You’ve probably heard of Hyaluronic Acid – it’s a common ingredient in many face creams and serums, and is the same stuff that surgeons use in dermal fillers to plump lips and cheeks.

The reason it’s used in so many beauty products and aesthetic procedures is because it’s somewhat of a super-nutrient – hyaluronic acid has a unique ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water inside our cells, and plays a key role in skin health and elasticity.

It is a naturally occurring substance in the body, a third of which is regenerated every day, but the amount decreases with age.

When used in creams, serums and lotions, the hyaluronic acid penetrates the upper layers of the skin to help give a plumping appearance and improve hydration from the outside. However, it doesn’t penetrate deeply enough to improve the new skin cells that are generated, it stays in the upper layers, improving the appearance but not changing the skin.

When ingested in the form of supplements, hyaluronic acid works to increase hydration from the inside out – plumping up and moisturising skin from the inside. It is also essential in the production of collagen – playing a critical role in helping the body create collagen to make skin more elastic and resistant to wrinkles, and delaying the signs of ageing.

Hyaluronic acid supplements can also help other soft tissue functions within the body, such as joint support, helping to alleviate osteoarthritis and relieving dry eye conditions. The reason for this is that the hyaluronic acid holds water within the cells to contribute to the synovial fluid which lubricates and cushions joints, and is crucial for lubricating the eyes.

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