Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally found in your body, with most of it in your skin. Known to hold 1000 times its molecular weight in water, hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain its moisture and stay hydrated and plump. It also keeps all your tissues and joints well lubricated. Since hyaluronic acid holds moisture in your skin, it is one of the most important factors in keeping your skin’s elasticity and bounce intact. Well-hydrated skin also has fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
For a few years now, injections of hyaluronic acid have gradually become more accessible. These days it's not just the celebrities on the red carpet who can get their hands on them, and even men have succumbed to using this almost painless treatment. There is no doubt that these intradermal injections have an incredible effect on frown lines, those on your forehead, crow's feet, and the smile lines around your mouth and near your nose. And all of that without any scalpels! In 30 short minutes, and after a few small pricks in your skin, only a few millimetres deep, all the lines are filled, your skin is smoother and the contours of your face appear firmer for 6 to 9 months.
If you're not such a big fan of needles, it might be better to opt for a lighter solution. Thanks to its incredible hydrating properties, you can also come across hyaluronic acid in beauty products and anti-wrinkle creams. Given that only a small amount of the acid is found in these products, they should be used daily, morning and night, for the skin to appear firmer and wrinkles reduced. A word of advice, if the product is described as moisturising, then it is referring to surface hydration and is better suited to skin with fewer wrinkles. If it's anti-wrinkle, or anti-ageing, then you know that the active ingredients will be working at a deeper level, making it the perfect choice for more pronounced lines. For example, the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler [HA] Serum is a renewing anti-ageing serum that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and re-plumps skin with moisture. It is 10 times more concentrated with hyaluronic acid than the average L’Oréal Paris day cream and helps achieve plumper, bouncier skin, and fuller-looking contours.
A new generation of products based on hyaluronic acid has recently been developed in the form of nutritional supplements. According to scientists, they are made using hyaluronic acid derived from plants that are then blended with different ingredients, such as freeze-dried plant collagen, vitamin C, and fatty acids. When taken for two to three months, the hyaluronic acid is absorbed into the bloodstream so that it can reach the dermis layer of the skin and hydrate it, for a smoother and firmer appearance. A great alternative to all those creams and injections. Don't forget that, like any food supplement, these will only be beneficial if we also put in a little effort, take them alongside a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet!
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