Explore the beautiful you with Hyaluronic Acid
The world of beauty products keep expanding by the day; to the extent that endless number of skincare commodities with their mixed ingredients confuses the general customer. While we most often pile up unessential but trendy items just to conform to the set standards of ‘beautiful’, little do we realize that checking the composition of such items is of extreme importance.
The hype over hyaluronic acid
You have often come across the polymer named ‘hyaluronic acid’. A vital component of the skin that is produced by the fibroblast skin cells, the loss of it is inevitable as we keep ageing. It is because of this that most beauty products, including cosmetics contain a certain percentage of it so as to control the process of ageing. Frankly, skin starts losing its elasticity after 20s, but the after effects are generally noticed with wrinlles, skin damage due to UV rays’ exposure after late 30s and early 40s. Keeping in mind this factor, scientists, dermatologists, skin care specialists, beauticians and cosmetologists stress on retaining the suppleness and youthfulness of the skin as early as possible. Naturally, the need for hyaluronic acid surfaces in this regard as its moisturizing and plumping action softens the skin.
Makeup and Functions of HA
Basically, hyaluronic acid or HA is a natural compound called ‘glycosaminoglycan’ that holds on to the skin’s moisture, even aiding in repairing tissues, cells- elastin and collagen to be specific, and acting as a protection against microorganisms. Being one of the most important components of the tissue named extra-cellular matrix, it is distributed throughout the body in neural, epithelial and connective tissues. So, apart from its role towards skin protection, HA is beneficial towards joints and bones as well.
The average human body stores approximately 15 grams of the HA or ‘hyaluronan’. A third of it is synthesized almost every day. When it comes to skin health, there is a unique ability to hold moisture (which is about 1000 ml of water of per gram of hyaluronic acid). So, it’s termed as a ‘smart nutrient’ for adjusting to the moisture absorption rate on the basis of humidity is very natural.
Role as creams, serums
In contrast to collagen, HA can penetrate the topmost layer of the skin and that brings significant improvement in skin elasticity. As it aids in tissue repair and acts as a protective shield, so when applied topically, like creams and serums, the acid creates a permeable layer whereby it reaches the dermis to boost the skin hydration. When the moisture is locked, naturally the skin looks glowing and youthful.
While choosing any serum or cream containing hyaluronic aid, consumers must pay special attention to the fact it’s derived from a vegan source and does not contain alcohol, sulfates or parabens.
Rendering protection from the sun
Both men and women now realize the need to protect the skin against the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Sufficient damage is caused to the skin, with cases of patchiness, dull skin, sunspots and other related problems reported frequently. Hyaluronic acid is a must in these circumstances for removal of discoloration or skin ageing signs, only if the serum or cream is applied on a regular basis.
Role as supplements
Often people take HA in the form of oral supplements and choose not to go for topical creams. This is important to those who require substantial production of collagen, one of the most important proteins in the body. If the skin structure is deformed, the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots, discoloration is evident for the body collagen has reduced significantly. Fore this reason, there must be adequate levels of collagen, which can only be synthesized by hyaluronic acid. From anti-ageing benefits to retention of skin suppleness, there is tremendous benefit when HA is taken as a pill or supplement.
As stressed earlier, beautifying the skin by merely applying over-the-counter and unessential products isn’t enough. To replenish the lost moisture, keeping oneself hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water is important. So as the hyaluronic acid content keeps diminishing in the body, the water will help make up for it. And to add to it the nutritional supplements- healthy joints is no longer a distant dream!