"With that said, hyaluronic acid should be a new golden standard for beauty, moisturization, and health."
Author Maxim Tourou / Category Architecture / Published: Apr-05-2018
Ok, so I am sure we have all heard of the abundance of benefits hyaluronic acids contribute to the skin and hair.
Also known as “hyaluronan”, it is a “clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body”(1). Most of this substance is found in your skin, connective tissues, and eyes, and mainly functions by retaining water to keep your tissues moist and well lubricated (1). While some take it as a supplement, some people use it in topical serums, eye drops, and injections.
“The FDA has approved the use of hyaluronic acid during certain eye surgeries including cataract removal, corneal transplantation, and repair of a detached retina and other eye injuries” (2). It is also approved for injections into the knee for patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Some other common uses for hyaluronic acid include “various joint disorders, urinary tract infections (UTIs), acid reflux, dry eyes, vaginal pain, aging, and many other conditions” (2).
Here a few benefits of hyaluronic acid, which is also backed by science.
- Skin Aging
The anti-aging benefits of hyaluronic acid may vary from person to person based on factors such as genetics, nutrition, pollution, sun exposure, smoking, and alcohol consumption. However, a 2017 study of 60 Japanese adults who, some of which ingested the acid supplement experienced a decrease in “wrinkles and an improvement in skin condition compared with those who did not” (3).
In another study of 33 women with an average age of 45.2 years old, scientists measured the anti-wrinkle efficacy of a nano-hyaluronic acid. “The results of this study showed a statistically significant moisturizing effect of the product range (lotion, serum, and cream, after 2, 4, and 8 weeks of treatment” (4). Also, measurements of “skin roughness showed a significantly finer skin structure after 2 weeks of treatment, and skin elasticity showed a significant improvement after 2 and 8 weeks of treatment” (4). In conclusion, the study found that hyaluronic acid:
- decreased the depth of wrinkles up to 40%
- hydrated skin up to 96% better
- increased the firmness and elasticity of the skin up to 55% by the end of the 8 weeks.
2. Works as a humectant for the skin and retains moisture
Hyaluronic acid is kind of like a sponge for the skin, retaining up to a thousand times its weight in water for the skin. Not only that, but it will continue to draw in moisture from the environment for the skin. Not only that, but it helps with the production of collagen, right free radicals, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (5).
“The average human body contains about 15 grams of hyaluronic acid, however, one-third of that gets degraded and synthesized daily. We also produce less and less as we age” (5). We find that plastic surgeons, eye doctors, and joint doctors often use or recommend hyaluronic acid for those in need of it.
3. Stimulates Skin Cell Regeneration
It may not speed up the cell renewal process, but hyaluronic acid does help with the promotion of cell regeneration by offering extra hydration and protection to the skin. This will ultimately allow for a more vibrant skin complexion and a healthier look.
4. Age spots and pigmentation.
As stated above, hyaluronic aside not only offers more hydration for the skin while protecting it but also reduces and prevents age spots and pigmentation problems. It also helps to include another vitamin serum such as vitamin E and vitamin C serums.
5. Thicker and healthier hair
Ok, so on the hair benefits! As mentioned hyaluronic acid also has great benefits for the hair as well as the skin. This would include keeping the scalp moisturized as it does the skin. Keeping the scalp moisturized will ultimately help with faster growth and healthier hair. Healthier skin promoted the growth phase of more follicles. Having more hairs on your head in the growth phase means thicker and lusher hair.
With that said, hyaluronic acid should be a new golden standard for beauty, moisturization, and health.