Hyaluronic Acid is the holy grail to hydrated and youthful skin in the same way our brains keep us thinking and living. Without enough Hyaluronic Acid, our entire bodies would be in peril! Our joints would ache and cry, our bones would turn to mush, our hair would not be lush, our eyes would be without tears, and the worst thing – we would look old and aged beyond our years.
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance produced naturally by our bodies. It holds in water to keep every bit of us hydrated and lubricated. Have you ever seen a dry and cracked leaf on the ground? That is our dried up and dehydrated skin without enough Hyaluronic Acid!
The History of Hyaluronic Acid
This necessary ingredient for our bodies was first discovered in 1934 and facilitated breakthroughs in surgery for the eyes and the treatment of joint diseases. Who knew that so many years later we would all be slathering and injecting this wonderful stuff head to toe for supple and youthful plump skin?
Taken as a supplement, it hydrates our body parts from inside out. Topical serums and injections give us that immediate “20 something” glow we covet from that smiling receptionist in our Doctor’s office. That type 3 collagen look in a child and the quick way hydrated skin bounces back after being pinched are afforded by Hyaluronic Acid as it infuses the epidermis (top layer of skin) with hydration while also drawing in more moisture at the same time – double bonus!
Hyaluronic Acid: Skin Barrier
Hyaluronic Acid acts as a magical wall of moistness to protect our skin against pollution and irritation. This is why your Dermatologists recommended mixing a little bit of hyaluronic acid with that gold standard youth-preserving (but would-be irritant), retinol! This remarkable substance makes the skin less vulnerable to more than just dryness. For those with overactive sebaceous glands (acne!), Hyaluronic Acid keeps everything in balance. Super dried out acne-ridden skin only knows to produce more sebum (oil) to protect itself. If oily skin stays hydrated – the oil wells cease to overproduce, and we can toss the tube of acne cream in the back of our drawer.
Here are some wonderful options to consider for your hyaluronic acid beautifying treatments:
SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
This stuff actually trains your skin to create more of its own Hyaluronic Acid. Five forms of Hyaluronic Acid skims through the top of a layer of skin making it appear plump and luscious while diving down deeply for eight hours of continuous hydration.