If you’re anything like me, you want to know exactly what you’re putting into – or onto – your body. And since what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies, I decided to read some of the labels on my skin care products. I noticed “hyaluronic acid” on one of the labels and instantly thought…”Whoa, acid? This can’t be good.” So, i decided to do my research.
What is hyaluronic acid anyway?
Hyaluronic acid is a complex sugar also known as glycosaminoglycan which is already naturally found throughout the body. It is particularly prevalent in our connective tissues. It also transports nutrients to cells, removes toxins, acts as a cushioning agent, helps lubricate joints, facilitates water retention in body tissue and even sustains the shape of our eyeballs. Wow! This is powerful stuff!
But, is it safe to use on my skin? The answer is a resounding YES!
Hyaluronic acid is used as an injectible filler-treatment for joints and can soften lines and wrinkles. Since it’s already a naturally occurring molecule in our skin, we can inject it or apply it topically and our body won’t see it as foreign.
In addition to being found in injectables, hyaluronic acid has been added to a wide variety of beauty products as well: lip sticks, eye shadows, moisturizers, gels and serums. Why you ask? This is because hyaluronic acid has the ability to draw moisture from the air and is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Over time, as we age – think: tanning and/or pollutants in the air, etc. – the ability of our skin to produce hyaluronic acid declines. As a result, skin can become dehydrated. This is when skin loses its radiance and fine lines and wrinkles begin to form and show. This is when the use of a moisturizer with hylauronic acid as an ingredient can help! Hylauronic acid penetrates the skin and binds water molecules together to give skin a more hydrated and plump appearance. The skin will swell to fill in lines, crows feet and wrinkles. So, next time you’re browsing for beauty products, check the ingredients, choose something with this amazing ingredient and give yourself a youthful glow!
Here at Living Well, we use Hylunia, which is an organic skin care line based on hyaluronic acid. Questions? Feel free to call or email!