Hyaluronic Acid

Also known simply as HA, hyaluronic acid is a natural compound that is found in the skin. This compound has many important functions which include retaining moisture, repairing tissue, providing cushioning, holding skin structural components elastin and collagen together, as well as assisting in the creation of a protective skin barrier against microorganisms.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural skin component

Hyaluronic acid is an important natural skin component that is produced by the fibroblast skin cells, which tend to decrease with the process of aging. The skin begins to lose its hyaluronic acid as early as age 18, although wrinkles and other skin damage from this loss do not generally show up until your late 30s and early 40s.

The preservation or regaining of hyaluronic acid is therefore a key goal for many skin care scientists, in providing products that can aid with the tasks of keeping the skin supple, with a more youthful appearance.

Skincare & Hyaluronic Acid

Many skin care products available on the market today contain hyaluronic acid. Topical skin care products that contain HA are regarded as being the most effective in moisturizing the surface skin cells, thereby preventing moisture loss and protecting the skin from dirt and other pollutants.

Hyaluronic fillers like Restylane may also be injected into the skin’s deep layers for purposes of replacing the HA that is missing in the dermis, restoring plumpness temporarily, as well as filling creases and wrinkles in the skin. In this way, hyaluronic acid works in the restoration of a youthful appearance to the skin in the region of the face, neck and chest.

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