Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a popular ingredient in many of today’s cosmetic products and services. It is one of the most popular and sought after ingredients in serums, creams and fillers due to its multifaceted nature. Hyaluronic acid has many benefits and is safe for all skin types. It is hydrating, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fights free-radical damage and improves the overall appearance of your skin. What makes this chemical compound so special?
Hyaluronic acid is a chemical compound found naturally in our bodies. It is the viscous substance that lubricates our joints, nerves, eyes, sinews, skin, and all connective tissue. Half of the HA in our bodies is found in the skin. It gives the skin its plumpness, elasticity and youthful appearance.* HA is produced in abundance until we reach about the age of 40. At that point, production of hyaluronic acid begins to decline.
- Plumps and softens
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- High moisture retention
- Reduces inflammation
- Contains natural anti-oxidants
- Promotes healthier more youthful skin
- Gives skin volume and fullness
- Improves elasticity
- Reverses free-radical damage
From Health Care To Skin Care
HA is not just used in skin care. It is used in health care during eye surgery and to treat burns, skin wounds, and skin ulcers because if its powerful moisturizing properties. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so it is a very effective aid to skin healing from trauma.
Hyaluronic Acid Uses In Skin Care
HA is found across the board in skin care products, from moisturizers, lipstick, creams, serums, to injectable fillers. One of the key aspects of skin care is keeping skin moisturized and healthy. HA does this in abundance. Infusing hyaluronic acid into skin care products helps us replenish our natural sources of HA and have a more youthful appearance.
HA In Injectable Fillers
Hyaluronic acid began its career in skin care as an injectable filler. As a filler, it has proven itself as an excellent choice to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. When injected, HA is very effective and the results are immediate. Because it is found naturally in our bodies, our immune system does not fight against it and it dissolves naturally over time: three to 12 months. This makes it an excellent choice for fillers.
HA In Serums and Creams
There are two ways to use HA, one is inject past the epidermis and the other is to add it to serums and cremes. When used in serums and creams, hyaluronic acid has a different effect than when it is injected. The primary benefit of hyaluronic blends is the additional moisturizing ability added to the serums and creams. Having HA in a cream blend or serum is increases its moisturizing ability. The skin *will look softer and smoother as a result. Additionally, HA is not oily or greasy, so it moisturizes without feeling heavy or greasy. It is an excellent moisturizer for acned skin, for instance.
HA In Micro Needling
Micro needling is a way of rejuvenating the skin. It works by creating many tiny punctures in the skin. As the skin repairs the punctures, it creates collagen. Hyaluronic acid is often used during the procedure to aid the healing process. It is applied topically and infused into the skin during the micro needling.
Almost Limitless Application
We have just touched on a few ways HA is used in cosmetics. If you read more on hyaluronic acid, you will see that it is truly multifaceted and worthy of its stature in the skin care industry.
When Not To Have HA In Your Skin Care
There are a few cases when you may not want to use hyaluronic acid in your skin care regimen. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water from its environment, so if you live in a dry area you may not see the same results as someone who lives in a humid area. Also, if you work in a controlled environment like a lab that has dry air, that may also affect HA’s effect on your skin. It is always important to use skin products that work for you and test out products before committing to a specific program. HA is amazing, but if you do not get results, don’t use it.
We Use Hyaluronic Acid
At Bellissimo You, we use hyaluronic acid in our micro needling service to hydrate and aid the healing process. HA is also in a number of the Image skin care products at our spa. Image Skin Care Vital C anti-aging serum, and Vital C eye recovering gel, the Ageless Total Repair Cream and the Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque all include HA in their blends. We think is is an wonderful product and recommend its use. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent skin care ingredient and if you have not tried it, you should check it out.
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*Results may vary from person to person. Results are not guaranteed.
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