Premature aging of skin is the result of repeated and extended exposure to UV radiation. Approximately 80% of facial skin aging is attributed to UV-exposure. As little as five minutes of sunlight can damage skin sufficiently to evoke redness which is a wound response in the epidermis. So what can you do?
Slowing the aging process of the skin is a function of ensuring adequate moisture in the skin at all times. Skin breaks down and wrinkles form if not sufficiently hydrated. Keeping skin moisturized is your strongest defense against the effects of premature aging of the skin.
There is a powerful ingredient available to those wishing to lock in moisture to defy the effects of aging and the sun. Hyaluronic acid is the secret to beautiful, glowing skin.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in humans. It provides a padding and lubricating effect on joints, nerves, eyes, but is best known for its properties for preserving youthful skin. HA moisturizes skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and replenishes cell moisture. It is safe for all skin types, though rosacea patients should do a test patch first to check for irritation.
Hyaluronic acid is most often used topically in a serum or gel. However, it can also be injected by a doctor as part of a filler regimen to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and imperfections in the skin’s surface.
The main application of hyaluronic acid is its moisturizing properties. HA is the ace of improving dry skin. It acts by drawing moisture from the air and can hold as much as one thousand times its weight in water. Because of this, HA is more than a moisturizer – it actually has the capacity to contain additional moisture beyond itself. It is like a moisture magnet.
Studies have shown that HA has a remarkable ability to bond with water molecules, making it a powerhouse at not just moisturizing, but keeping the skin moisturized. The researchers go on: “The synthesis of HA increases during tissue injury and wound healing and HA regulates several aspects of tissue repair, including activation of inflammatory cells to enhance immune response and the response to injury of fibroblasts and epithelial cells.”
Still not convinced? Here are the specific effects of hyaluronic acid that help to produce that youthful glowing skin:
First and foremost, HA is a moisturizer. There is no other method of moisturizing the skin that equals its effectiveness.
Beyond applying moisture, hyaluronic acid has a stunning additional property: the ability to literally attract more water to it and to store and keep that water. This provides long lasting hydration for the skin.
3. LIPID BARRIER REINFORCEMENT
The skin’s main purpose is to protect the body. In addition to shielding our internal organs and tissues, the skin also protects us against pollutants and toxins that come to us through the air every day.
After the lipid barrier is reinforced, the skin is more capable of defending its lower layers too. When it is not overwhelmed with toxins, the skin is naturally brighter, fuller, and less wrinkled.
5. TIGHTER SKIN APPEARANCE
As we grow older, our skin’s elastin breaks down and skin doesn’t snap back as it did before. You can do a simple test to check your own elastin by pinching the skin on the back of your hand and watching to see how long it takes to bounce back. HA does not replace elastin, but it can improve the appearance of tightness in the skin.
6. SMOOTHER SKIN
Similar to the improved appearance of tightness in the skin, HA also improves the appearance of a naturally smooth texture to the skin. Used with a dermaroller, HA can make skin look smoother.
7. LESS VISIBLE FINE LINES
By replenishing hydration in the skin, hyaluronic acid provides a plumping effect that can markedly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Especially around the eyes where lines first begin to appear, using HA twice daily will improve the appearance of those fine lines.
8. STIMULATES SKIN CELL REGENERATION
HA helps to promote skin cell regeneration by providing additional hydration and a protective barrier to the skin. This leads to healthier skin cells and a brighter, clearer complexion.
Dark spots are caused by differences in melanin levels in the skin, sometimes due to trauma or overexposure. With HA, accelerated cell turnover helps prevent age spots and pigmentation issues.
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