Unless you’re familiar with beauty ingredient terminology, when you first hear the word “hyaluronic acid,” you may mistakenly think of acidic foods, household cleaners, or the sulfuric acid used in crime films to dispose of bodies. We assure you that this isn’t the case!
Although most acids are corrosive in some way, acids are also used with a base to help neutralize pH levels in the body for optimal health and other helpful purposes. In the case of hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan, or HA), it is found naturally in the body – in the fluid surrounding joints used for lubrication, the fluid of the eye, and most abundantly in the skin. Its main role is to maintain healthy connective tissue, joints, eyes, and skin tissue. Keep reading to learn more about the beauty benefits of hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic Acid and Aging
During the aging process, hyaluronic acid maintains the youthful appearance of skin by retaining moisture from within for a soft texture. Most people have about 15 grams of hyaluronic acid in their bodies, “one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) every day,” according to research.
Unfortunately, as the body ages, our bodies produce less skin-loving nutrients like hyaluronic acid and collagen, and we start to lose skin elasticity and skin tone. Women over 40 are encouraged to fill in nutritional gaps by taking a collagen supplement to help fill in lines and wrinkles and should use skin care products formulated with hyaluronic acid (either taken orally or used topically).
Potential Beauty Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
- Helps Retain Moisture
- Supports Skin Elasticity
- Supports Against Signs of Aging
According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, hyaluronic acid decreases the appearance of aging in skin. This specific study used a product called filling effect of Fillerina®, which was clinically proven among test subjects to decrease skin sagging of the face and cheekbones, increase volume of the lips, and decrease overall facial wrinkle depth and volume. Further research is needed, however, to confirm these claims on similar products.
The beauty brand Hyalogic features hyaluronic acid in many of its products and has therefore become an industry leader in skin care innovations. The brand offers a wide variety of products containing hyaluronic acid to support joint, eye, and skin health, including liquid supplements, gummies, lozenges, oral sprays, serums, moisturizing creams, balms, facial scrubs, toners, and more. Hyalogic even offers pet care products to promote healthy aging in dogs and cats – especially pets with achy joints!
Since hyaluronic acid is believed to support moisture and skin elasticity, we recommend it as another must-have item to add to your beauty arsenal!
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