Wrinkles can be beautiful, after all they represent our life. But if you disagree, take note – we’re going to tell you a bit about a new method that helps slow the aging of the skin.
What many do not know is that dehydrated skin ages faster and looks older than skin with a good level of hydration.
And how can you get that deep hydration?
This is where hyaluronic acid comes into play, a substance that we already have in our bodies, but now is produced in laboratories. Depending on the treatment, it is added to cosmetic formulas or used in its pure state.
Its ability to penetrate your skin and moisturize is massive, leaving your skin softer and restoring its natural elasticity, achieving a much more significant anti-wrinkle effect.
Want to know how hyaluronic acid works on your skin?
It is a very common ingredient in skincare products, because its tiny molecules can easily penetrate topically. Once it breaks through the skin’s barrier, these molecules expand and absorb large amounts of water, keeping your skin hydrated for much longer.
The presence of hyaluronic acid in the epithelial tissue encourages keratinocytes (skin cells) and retinoic acid, responsible for skin hydration. The interaction of hyaluronic acid also increases the synthesis of collagen, which is important to keeping your skin’s structural integrity.
Are AH injections safe?
The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approved its use over 10 years ago. One of the most popular products is Restylane, hyaluronic acid injections used to temporarily smooth wrinkles by adding volume to the skin.
Do you have dry skin? Do you think hyaluronic acid might not be for you? Better keep reading…
HA is used in the treatment of diseases related to extremely dry skin in areas such as your scalp, legs, arms, thighs and abdomen. Associated symptoms are concentrated in the outer layer of the skin, causing itching and cracks.
This occurs more often in the winter when the humidity is much lower and your skin loses its water, causing peeling and even cracking. Bathing too much, washing hands frequently with very hot water, using soaps without glycerin and moisturizing additives and also a lack of vitamins A and D can contribute to aggravate this situation.
Today many vegetable oil and butter-based, even lanoline-based creams and lotions are available on the market in order to prevent the removal of natural skin lipids. As a precaution, these products can be applied on the affected area as needed, shielding your skin from the environmental factors.
Delving a bit into the subject of skin diseases, there is atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema / recurrent dry skin characterized by redness, edema / swelling, itching, cracking, blistering and even bleeding. This condition can also be treated with a skin lotion containing hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid is also applied for the treatment of wounds with fibronectin (protein). HA, being a major component of skin, is involved in helping skin recover from sunburns.
In normal skin, HA is found in relatively high concentrations helping with the passage of nutrients and interacting with retinoic acid (vitamin A). The effects of retinoic acid used with HA are wonderful to restore skin aged by sun exposure, because it increases hydration in tissues.
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Hyaluronic acid is also included in various cosmetics such as creams, lotions, serums, shampoos, conditioners, bath oils, bars or lip balms, etc. Products containing HA can also protect the skin against UV rays, because of its anti-free radical properties.
The main function of HA in cosmetics is to achieve that deep hydration, and it is also a product that is used pharmaceutically and medically due to its biocompatibility and biodegradability.
The physicochemical properties of HA depend on the size of the molecule and can be used not only for wrinkles, but also to reduce facial lines and scars.