We all have creams, masks, cleansers, and every possible thing you can think of to keep our skin looking young. I’ve been known to stand in the mirror for way too long, trying to figure out if I’m getting wrinkles. Somehow, I’ve become convinced that my face will dry up like a raisin at an early age, so in the name of prevention, I try every single facial product that comes my way. In my “studies,” I have found that taking care of my skin naturally works best for me. Sometimes, the results take a little longer, but my skin ends up looking beautiful, and I take comfort in knowing that there’s no risk of my eyes falling out in 30 years because of that new revolutionary wrinkle treatment I tried.
In comes, Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid sounds like a harmful chemical, but it is not. It has actually been used for years in treating Osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “The lubricating fluid of the joint, called synovial fluid, contains long chains of sugar molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The major GAG in the fluid is Hyaluronan. Hyaluronan contributes to the synovial fluid’s lubricating properties and also controls fluid flow into and out of the joint space.” As I understand it, Hyaluronic Acid is something that your body produces naturally and it aids in lubricating your joints.
Hyaluronic Acid or HA is reported to be extremely beneficial in beauty products; it has an innate ability to retain a large amount of water. An article written in Rejuvenation Science states that, “Hyaluronic Acid injections can be used to improve the skin’s contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to acne, scars, injury, or lines.”
Now, in reading this I thought “that’s all well and good but injections?” Needles are not my usually my friend. Luckily, there are many different ways to replenish your body with HA. You can get injections, use topical creams and serums, and take supplements. Hyaluronic Acid injections are used in arthritis patients and also used as a derma filler by many plastic surgeons. Many people who have used Hyaluronic supplements say they have noticed improvement in their joints, hair, and skin. Your best bet to get the full benefits of hyaluronic acid is to take it internally (vitamin form) and use an external cream or serum.
As for the downsides or side effects of Hyaluronic Acid, they seem to be few and far between. There have been reports of swelling and redness with injections. I could not find significant information on the long term effects, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. The topical creams and serums are my top choice, but you still have to be selective in what you choose because some serums and creams don’t contain enough Hyaluronic Acid to be effective. The best ones seem to be Hyalogic Episilk PHA Serum and Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000. The Hyalogic serum contains only deionized water and Hyaluronic Acid, and the VIZ-1000 is 75% Hyaluronic Acid.
Hopefully, this fountain of youth proves to be what we are all looking for to keep our skin looking smooth and beautiful, but as with anything, talk with your doctor or dermatologist to make sure this is right for you, and to make sure that you’re eyes won’t fall out (just kidding). That last thing being of the utmost importance 😉
I notice the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid right away when I use a serum, my skin feels smoother and tighter. When I take it internally my skin is softer with a bit of a glow from the extra moisture.