Why Should You Care about Hyaluronic Acid?
Information About Hyaluronic Acid You Should Know!
Hyaluronic acid has been around for a long time, it is not a new player in the world of skin care and although it is not a flashy ingredient, it has been used for a long time, with tried and true positive results for beautiful skin. Don't misunderstand the word “acid”. We are not talking about some harsh chemical or a substance that adversely affects your skin. In actuality Hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisture-binding ingredient known to keep your skin hydrated, plump, and looking youthful.
This polysaccharide (carbohydrate) naturally occurs in your body. Hyaluronic acid is also know as Hyaluronan and Hyluronate. The firmness, plumpness, and suppleness of your skin is from the moisture that is provided by hyaluronic acid. There are large amounts of hyaluronic acid within the spaces between skin cells.
That lovely plumpness and dewy skin that you find in babies is due to hyaluronic acid. Babies are born with naturally high levels of hyaluronic acid, this keeps the skin smooth and soft. The bad news of course, is that, as we age the hyaluronic acid levels in our bodies decrease. After the age of 40 these levels decrease significantly.
Even though you cannot get back that perfect skin you had as a baby, you can restore the skins hyaluronic acid content. This will give your skin a more supple look, a fresher look, and will give your skin a younger appearance. One of the ways in which this is done, is to have a dermatologist or plastic surgeon inject hyaluronic acid fillers directly into wrinkled areas and sunken areas to plump them up.
You can also use serums or moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid to help plump up your skin. This method of course, will not give you the instantaneous and dramatic results that are provided by a hyaluronic acid filler, you will however, still have the benefit of better hydrated skin, which will give your skin a softer and smoother appearance.
By applying hyaluronic acid topically, you can increase hydration, improves elasticity, and reverse the damage caused by free radicals and as an added bonus there may be some benefit to you skin by protecting it from UV damage. One of the nice things about hyaluronic acid is its ability to work well with all skin types. Whether your skin be oily or dry or somewhere in-between it can still be of benefit. If you have dry skin you should look for hyaluronic acid serums that you can apply under a moisturizer. If your skin is oily you want a serum that can be applied alone.