Hyaluronic Acid Explained
At first glance, the name Hyaluronic Acid can be extremely deceiving, so we have decided to take the “burn” out of Acid and and answer your burning questions about the acid instead. Hyaluronic Acid, a hydrophilic molecule named as “nature’s moisturizer”, is found in every single cell in our body. It’s hyaluronic acid that gives our cheeks that plump, squishy effect that grandmothers love to pinch. HA’s function in the body is to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Unfortunately, as we age, our hyaluronic acid decreases. Our bodies do not continue producing hyaluronic acid’s, so it is our responsibility to keep replenishing our levels and fortunately, Hyaluronic Acid can be applied to the skin and consumed through whole foods to keep your skin plump and joints lubricated.
What are the benefits?
Hyaluronic Acid is known to be beneficial for the skin as it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. This means the molecules will hold water in the skin and plump the skin making it look full and more youthful. By using hyaluronic acid in your skincare products, you are optimizing the moisturizing properties of your toner and moisturizer. Naturally, hyaluronic acid lubricates the joints and has skin healing benefits, so it can be beneficial in medical joint and eye procedures as well as wound healing. Think of it like changing the oil in your vehicle. It is important to maintain healthy levels of Hyaluronic Acid in your body so you can function and move with ease.
How to use it?
Topical Sodium Hyaluronate, the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid is formulated into skincare products. Sourced from root vegetables, or animals sources this ingredients can be found is serums and creams to boost hydration and plump the skin. Hyaluronic Acid may also be used as a dermal filler (Restalyn & Juvederm), however this is an invasive and expensive procedure. Both fillers are based on “non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid”. You can also eat Hyaluronic Acid. Fermented foods such as fresh miso, tempeh, kimchi help with hyaluronic acid production in the entire body. Leafy greens and root veggies contain hyaluronic acid. Animal sources such as bone broth and chicken with the skin on and foods rich in Vitamin C such as broccoli, berries and red peppers are beneficial for collagen and hyaluronic acid production.