HYALURONIC ACID- what's the deal?

structure of the skin

structure of the skin

Hyaluronic Acid is a water loving molecule that occurs naturally in the body. It was originally founded by Karl Meyer in 1934. But it gained major popularity by the World Health Organisation in 2000. In a small village outside Tokyo called YUZURIHARA which had villagers living into their 80's and 90's with smooth, soft skin - it became know as the 'the village of long life" It was discovered that their diet was a combination of root vegetables and starches which doctors believed attributed to the generation of HA.

A major component in bone, cartilage, eyes, connective tissue, lips and skin, its main function is to retain water and lubricate moveable parts of the body i.e. joints and muscles. HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water giving skin its plumpness and bounce, sadly though as we age the moisture in our skin depletes. Having a stiff viscous consistency allows HA to be beneficial in skincare. So it makes sense to look at options where we can boost our levels of HA with supplements, creams and even injectables. 

Probably one of the best known skincare products that contains HA is Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex 2 it "locks in moisture, creating the optimal conditions for skins natural renewal" http://www.esteelauder.co.uk In other products look for hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronan on the label.

Dr Marc Armangue MD with http://www.medicalaestheticsuk.com gives us the low down on HA in injectables.  "In Aesthetic Medicine the formulation considered gold standard in safety and efficacy is cross-linked hyaluronic acid, a non-permanent filler. HA helps to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance, as a material is injected into the areas where it needs to be plumped up again and made look firmer. I have been using HD in my practice for the last 15 years with great results and although I am trained to use many other fillers, I still believe the HA is second to none"