Hyaluronic Acid: Is It The Skin’s Hero Or Just Zero?
21 Aug 2015
Hyaluronic acid seems to be a real buzzword on everyone’s lips these days. It features in anything from fillers to skin cream, supplements and more. It seems as though everyone has jumped on the bandwagon.
The interesting thing is that hyaluronic acid is in fact not a new skin care ingredient at all. But rather one that has been around for some time and is pretty much tried and tested.
Hyaluronic acid, all you need to know
What is it?
It is a naturally occurring human constituent responsible for cushioning the skin, it can also be found in our eyes and in the joints of the body. It is a powerful humectant which draws moisture towards the skin leaving the skin looking smooth, hydrated and plump.
Why do I need it?
Babies are born with very high levels of hyaluronic acid hence their lovely plump cheeks and youthful soft buttocks. However, as we age our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid leaving us with less of the ‘plumpness’. This results in more of a ‘hollowed’ look under the eyes and in the nasolabial folds.
Where do they use it?
This can be used as an injectable filler for areas under the eye in the nasolabial fold, the lips and more. It serves as a medium which restores a fuller, plumper skin in the area into which it is injected. It is important to note that over time fillers get assimilated back into the body and once again need to be touched up.
These days there are fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane that consist of hyaluronic acid which is ‘man-made’ version of the product manufactured in a laboratory. It is used for restoring a youthful appearance to the skin and improving facial contours.
Which areas is it best suited to treat?
Targeted areas it is used for:
– enhancing volume – lips, cheeks, nasolabial fold and jawline
– erasing wrinkles – the eye area
– augmenting lips – lips area
– inducing collagen production – under eyes, nasolabial folds, cheeks and more
Hyaluronic also comes as an oral supplement these days, as well as being found in many a cosmetic cream for topical application. It goes without saying that the concept of treating the body holistically, in other words from the inside, the outside and using injectables, will give you the best results and the longest lasting results overall.
In our eyes, hyaluronic acid is a nature-inspired hero for sure!