Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most interesting ingredients in skin care. When it is applied topically hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance. As we age our natural skin moisture level can drop in half. Hyaluronic acid can significantly combat this decline with its unique ability to hold on to water, which is a key factor in allowing the skin to retain moisture and its elasticity.
It’s a smart nutrient as well, as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the relative humidity in the air. It is an awesome ingredient in skin care products as it adjusts its moisturizing effect on skin based on the relative humidity of seasons and climate of an area. Hyaluronic acid also protects against ultra violet light, which would normally cause sunspots, by scavenging against free radicals.
Hyaluronic Acid as a Topical Application
As an Oral Supplement
Effectiveness of oral hyaluronic acid supplementation has been somewhat controversial. There have been studies showing hyaluronic acid to be extremely effective with oral supplementation. Theories abound on if the hyaluronic acid is actually directly affecting the outcome, or if it is an indirect effect due to higher blood levels (proven due to the supplementation), serving as the raw material for the body to draw upon to increase extracellular hyaluronic levels.
Supplementation is directly correlated to measured increases in skin moisture, microscopic skin surface analysis showing increased skin smoothness, and amelioration of wrinkles. Thus, we are now seeing some exciting new formulas, which follow the “beauty within” philosophy; combining hyaluronic acid with fish collagen peptides to form super anti-aging products, usually in the form of powdered supplements. Elavonne offers Amino Collagen C with Hyaluronic Acid, which is a USA made premium supplement.
Based on our knowledge of Hyaluronic’s function and mechanisms (and the growing research), it looks like hyaluronic acid will remain one of the most exciting and interesting nutrients for natural skin care for the foreseeable future.
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