What is it with Hyaluronic Acid?

What is it with Hyaluronic Acid?

Xanthi Dimou Charitonos

Today I would like to discuss a little bit about the importance of hyaluronic acid in the skin

Have you noticed that the first signs of lines and wrinkles have begun to make their appearance, and that your skin’s texture is becoming uneven and the pores are getting bigger?

The reason for this is the degradation of hyaluronic acid in your skin - a completely natural process.

Hyaluronic acid is found in natural form in the human body and in all living organisms. In the human body is found in large quantities not only in the skin but also in the, eyes, the hair and the gums. It is largely responsible for retaining the moisture, volume and elasticity of our skin.

It is embedded between the network of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin as a filler substance that stabilizes the moisture and the normal inflation of the cells and which assists the proteins and skin elasticity.

As we age the production of  hyaluronic acid in the human body is reduced dramatically. By the age of 40 our body produces only 50%,  while by age 60 only 10%. This is one of the main reasons for skin aging (wrinkles).

From a cosmetics standpoint, hyaluronic acid has a lot to offer.  It prevents and traps free radicals such as UV radiation thereby minimizing the oxidative damage. Perhaps the most interesting and important functions of hyaluronic acid is its improved capability of the skin to retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to bind water equivalent to 1000 times it’s own molecular weight!

Due to its exceptional capability to hold moisture, hyaluronic acid affects the stratum corneum resulting in a more uniform skin rejuvenation for a more smooth, uniform skin texture.

So it is not surprising that hyaluronic acid is often called the "key to the fountain of youth."

I would highly recommend that you incorporate in your skin care regime products that contain hyaluronic acid as one of the main ingredients.  Further I would say that it is better to opt for a day cream or a 24-hour care cream with hyaluronic acid, while at night use a cream containing more nutrients and vitamins. 

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