Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (sugar) found in the connective tissue of all vertebrates. This essential molecule is naturally produced by the human body and is most abundant in our skin.
Our skin needs water. A lack of water dries it up, which over time will lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Staying hydrated as well as topically hydrating your skin is vital in caring for its health and look. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients you should look for in your skincare. It has an unrivaled ability to improve moisture content so that your skin will look and feel softer, smoother and more radiant.
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that hyaluronic acid helps improve skin hydration, retain skin elasticity, and aids the production of collagen. It has many beneficial properties. It is a potent antioxidant protecting skin from damage by free radicals. Its anti-inflammatory properties help with wound healing. Hyaluronic Acid also plays a key role in lubricating and cushioning the body and is abundant in the eyes, joints, and heart valves. It has a wide range of applications with its excellent biological properties, such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, and non-toxicity.
Hyaluronic acid is classed as a humectant; in other words, a type of molecule that attracts water into the stratum corneum and increases the skin’s ability to hold water. It has a unique capacity to bind and retain the water molecules involved in skin moisture. Humectants are essential in treating dry skin and preventing skin dehydration.
Hyaluronic acid is said to be the ultimate solution for skin moisture retention thanks to its ability to bond water to tissue. Youthful skin is hydrated because it contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid. However, as we age, the amount of epidermal hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases.
It is important to know that hyaluronic acid in the dermis has several vital functions like regulating water balance and osmotic pressure to stabilise skin structures. The most dramatic change observed in aging skin is the disappearance of hyaluronic acid from the epidermis. The epidermis loses this vital molecule responsible for binding and retaining water, which results in the loss of skin moisture, elasticity, and apparent dehydration.
On the whole, hyaluronic acid is vital for healthy and well-hydrated skin.
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