Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. Hyaluronic acid has a variety of uses.
Hyaluronic acid is the most hydrating substance in the world, and a naturally occurring sugar in the body alongside elastin and collagen. It provides skin tissue with adequate moisture levels to help hold it’s form, keeping your skin looking hydrated and plump. Hyaluronic acid also comes commercially in the form of a gel that can be injected into the those areas that have lost or are absent of volume, such as lips. Juvederm and Restylane are the most popular and well known forms of hyaluronic acid fillers. By injecting the hyaluronic acid fillers the gel we are inducing new collagen and new elastic to be formed, reinflating the balloon rejuvenating the face, lifting cheeks and lips other areas of lost volume. Hyaluronic is one of natures most powerful humectants and is now being added to moisturizers and other beauty products like anti-aging serums and even “Vitamin C”. It is also incorporated into skincare treatments like microneedling.
1 molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Tip: Hyalauronic acid is more effective in humid environments. In moist conditions hyaluronic acid pulls moisture from the air into your skin. It is understood to be less effective in dryer climates.