If you has the choice of only one skincare ingredient to take to a desert island, we can bet for millions of people it would be Hyaluronic Acid. It has to be one of the most beneficial skincare ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid both soothes and hydrates your skin, as well as having antioxidant properties which are amazing, even for eczema-prone or rosacea-prone sensitive skin.
WHAT IS IT?
The properties of hyaluronic acid were first determined in the 1930s in the laboratory of Karl Meyer. Hyaluronic acid (HA)aka Hyaluronan aka Sodium Hyaluronate is a glycosaminoglycan – natural substance which is present in our body; mainly in our skin, where it aids the retention of moisture and tissue repair.
Mind blowing science-based fact – One gram (0.03 ounce) of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 6 litters of water!
WHERE IS IT USED?
Nowadays HA is a superstar ingredient of skincare lines as well as fillers and other “youth injections”. Where else are benefits of Hyaluronic Acid found?
Osteoarthritis of the knee – Hyaluronic acid has been FDA approved to treat it via injecting it into the joint.
Atopic dermatitis – can be treated topically with products containing sodium hyaluronate as its active ingredient.
Dry and tired eyes – HA acid has been used in various formulations to create artificial tears.
Oncology – Hyaluronic Acid is often used as a tumor marker for breast and prostate cancer. It can also be used to monitor the progression of the illness.
Chronic diabetic wounds – HA concentrations increase when there is damage in need of repair. It regulates inflammation levels and signaling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area, which helps wounds heal faster.
HYALURONIC ACID BENEFITS FOR YOUR SKIN
Exposure to things like ultraviolet sun radiation, smoking and pollution can decrease HA amounts in the skin. As a result of aging our skin loses firmness and plumpness as it no longer has the ability to hold moisture. Hyaluronan fights dehydration and will bring your young-looking, supple skin back.
HA revitalises the epidermis so your skin looks and feels smooth and soft, instantly becoming hydrated and giving you a healthy glow. It remarkably reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition to its moisturising functions Hyaloronan also provides an antioxidant defense against environmental harm, as well as speeding up the open wound recovery process if applied directly.
Scientific studies showed that HA content increases in the presence of retinoic acid (vitamin A). The effects of retinoic acid against skin photo-damage and aging may be related at least in part, with an increase of skin HA content, giving rise to an increase in tissue hydration.
WHO CAN USE IT?
Overall Hyaluronic acid is very safe to use, since our body naturally produces it and allergic reactions are very rare.
Previously animal derived Hyaluronic Acid usage in skincare products was stopping people buying them. Nowadays HA is bio fermented and absolutely vegan friendly!