Hyaluronic Acid

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sodium hyaluronate

Scientific Name: Hyaluronan, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, NASHA, Hyaluron, HA}
Common Name: {Hyaluronic Acid}

Are you looking for the secret to younger, more beautiful skin? You're not alone.

The average person spends almost $60 per monthon beauty products. But what if the secret to beautiful, healthier-looking skin was closer than you think?

You can say goodbye to over-priced products that are filled with a long list of chemicals you can't pronounce.

Instead, with a little knowledge and know-how, you can welcome more natural products into your life and help put your best face forward.

Many skincare ingredients have become popular. Trendy ingredients come and go.

The best ingredients, ones that really work, stick around and become our tried-and-tested best-sellers.

One of those ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid. And it's one that you should be using in your anti-aging skincare routine.

Please keep reading to learn what Hyaluronic acid is and its many benefits.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

You're likely more familiar with Hyaluronic Acid than you think. This Acid is the active ingredient in some of the most popular serums, masks, and injectables on the market. It's also found right inside your body!

Used to beautify skin, Hyaluronic Acid (also known as HA) is a natural substance in your body that stores water and helps keep skin plump and hydrated.

Not only does HA hydrate your skin, but it also holds a thousand times its weight in water, preventing moisture from escaping. It also keeps your body tissue moist and lubricated.

Skin that is adequately hydrated looks younger, smoother, and healthier. You're also less likely to experienceskin irritationincluding dermatitis and redness.

Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin.

As you age, the level of natural Hyaluronic Acid in your body decreases, which is why you must add this ingredient to your daily routine.

Other factors that decrease your body's HA production include smoking tobacco, ultraviolet rays, and pollution.

HA, or Hyaluron, is known for its skin-plumping volume capabilities. It is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies.

It supports the layers of skin along with collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic Acid or HA locks in moisture, deeply hydrate, and restore fullness to the face.

There are two different types, low and high molecular. Both forms can be bioengineered or from animals.

At Skin Perfection, we only use NASHA from non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic Acid.

What does Hyaluronic Acid do?

It moisturizes your skin. If you look at those with youthful complexions, you will notice how full, plump, and supple their face looks. It's smooth, not creased. Elasticity keeps the jawline firm.

Those with younger complexions look healthy and vibrant. Hyaluronic Acid adds moisture back into your skin. It revitalizes your complexion for a more supple, smoother appearance.

It gives added volume and plumps up with hydration. Not only does your skin look more radiant and hydrated, but it feels softer.

It instantly increases your skin's hydration levels on the surface for fewer fine lines and wrinkles. There is no other faster topical application to plump the derma.


Why Should You use Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is a gel that intensely hydrates your face — plumping your facial features for a more supple, youthful complexion.

It is the same ingredient used in injections such as Restalyne and Juvederm. Hyaluronic Acid expands a thousand times its weight in water.

You can use Hyaluronic Acid topically. It plumps up areas such as marionette lines and lips for a supple, youthful complexion.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) was initially used in skincare as a delivery agent.

Naturally found in our bodies, a natural gel lubricant is used in our joints to keep them working correctly.

Once it was discovered, when you immediately put it into cosmetics to deliver moisture and nutrients for a supple appearance, adding fullness to the face.

Researchers later found that it had great value as a skincare ingredient, as it helped the skin to retain moisture, which led to healthier facial features.

It works by plumping up the skin, turning back the aging process. It contributes to restoring vital connective tissue and providing the natural moisture your skin needs to stay healthy and radiant.

plumping Hyaluronic Acid

As we age, our body destroys its natural hyaluronic acid deposits. We see our natural supply of collagen and elastin stores diminish.

A diet full of toxins can accelerate this process, making it harder for our skin to retain its natural fullness. Moisture retention and cell regeneration are the main features of a youthful appearance.

As the hyaluronic acid leeches away, so does the plump, radiant complexion.

Adding Hyaluronic Acid to our healthy skincare regimen can stop the natural aging process and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Don't be frightened by the word "acid!" It's nothing like those dangerous, corrosive acids! It's more similar to a fatty acid or protein.

Proper moisture levels are probably among the most critical aspects of maintaining young-looking skin and are among the most challenging things to achieve.

Adequately moisturized complexions are full and plump; the cells are stable, the regeneration rate is fast enough to replace and push out dead cells.

However, many women have a hard time getting this effect. Instead, skin becomes either too dry, which can exacerbate an already dull appearance. Or too oily, which makes the skin look dirty and makes it more prone to blemishes.

Natural Ways to Increase Hyaluronic Acid

Since HA is produced in your body naturally, specific lifestyle changes can support and boost their production.

Diet is a big part of this process. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants help protect your skin from inflammation and retain moisture. Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, and oranges, are beneficial.

Natural and organic anti-aging products are also extremely beneficial and useful for introducing HA back into your body.

If your daily skincare regime includes retinol, peels, and other acids, you're in luck! Hyaluronic Acid interacts well with most other ingredients.

Just beware of products that contain low pH levels. These may render HA ineffective.

How to Choose the Right Hyaluronic Acid Product

There are countless ways to beautify your skin, but if your routine doesn't include a product high in Hyaluronic Acid, you could be missing an essential step in the process.

The product you choose should have a one percent concentration of HA. Anything higher might cause skin irritation. The best Hyaluronic acid products don't contain any added ingredients like alcohol or sulfates, which can cause complications.

Instead, opt for products that are fragrance-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.

Serums work best since HA doesn't contain any water itself. When added to a high-quality serum, Hyaluronic Acid quickly penetrates and is absorbed into the skin.

Using Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid Together

Peptides are the foundation of healthy skin. They are short chains of amino acids that help create elastin, collagen, and keratin in your skin.

These proteins are responsible for maintaining your skin's smooth texture, resilience, and strength.

Peptides also work as signals that tell your body it needs to heal. When peptides are added to your skin, your body begins producing more collagen to help repair the area. This can lead to fuller, firmer-looking skin.

But can you use peptides and HA together?

The answer is yes – but some peptides interact with Hyaluronic acid products better than others.

Carrier peptides, for example, help deliver minerals to the skin that boost collagen production. Signal peptides promote your body's production of not only collagen but elastin and other vital proteins.

Neurotransmitter peptides are said to be "Botox-like" and help block the release of chemicals that cause expression lines. These peptides can also help smooth out and reduce visible wrinkles.

Lastly, enzyme inhibitor peptides slow down your body's natural response to break down collagen.

Usingany of these peptidesin conjunction with Hyaluronic Acid, will only enhance their effects.

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid

Apply Hyaluronic Acid topically to help work deep into the skin to strengthen cells; it causes cells to better hold on to the skin's moisture.

Hyaluronic Acid expands a thousand times its weight in water helping skin cells look fuller. Plumping areas such as marionette lines and lips for a supple complexion.

You can add HA to an anti-aging product to rev up its results or be used by itself as an anti-age and moisturizer.

It may replace more caustic treatments, as it is designed to be skin-friendly instead of drying and abrasive like some other anti-aging treatments.

It has become the primary ingredient used in injectable facial fillers such as Restalyne and Juvederm in recent years. Try a serum with Hyaluronic Acid, and you will see the skin-plumping volume difference.

Bring volume and suppleness back to your skin today!

How to Make a Hyaluronic Acid Serum

3.4 oz Distilled Water

0.48 oz Leucidal® Liquid Complete

0.12 oz Sodium Hyaluronate Powder

Combine Distilled Water and Leucidal® Liquid Complete. Sprinkle in Sodium Hyaluronate and stir. Let hydrate anywhere from 3 to 24 hours. Once completely hydrated, the mixture will thicken to a uniform consistency. This recipe will make approximately 4 ounces of serum.

Leucidal® is a trademark of Active Micro-Technologies. 

Got Maskne?

What is Maskne? For those who are experiencing acne breakouts due to wearing facial masks and the coronavirus. Here is an easy DIY gel that will help keep your skin clean.

1-ounce Hyaluronic Acid Gel
1/8 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
1/8 teaspoon Leucidal® SF Max
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Clary Sage

Add glycerin, Leucidal® SF Max, and essential oils to your Hyaluronic Acid Gel Base and mix. Shake well before each use. Do not use it around the eye area.

The Best Skincare Tools to Use with Hyaluronic Acid

Want to boost your beauty game even more? Here are a few of the best skin care tools to use, along with HA, for better results.

LED Light Therapy

Whileoverexposure to sunlight causes premature aging, LED Light Therapy encourages your skin to regenerate. 

LED wavelengths penetrate deep into your skin, stimulating collagen production and providing anti-aging benefits. 

Blue light improves overall complexion and eliminates acne-causing bacteria. 

Microcurrent

Adding a microcurrent tool to your regime can enhance results. Together, microcurrents and light therapy can improve your skin's elasticity by retraining your facial muscles. 

This combination therapy leaves your skin looking and feeling firmer.

Derma Roller
This handheld needling device helps improve circulation and cell turnover. Using a derma roller consistently can help the overall appearance of your complexion. You are increasing the smoothness and brightness of your skin.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

  • Visibly Plumping
  • Improves Hydration Content
  • Gives a Supple Look
  • Smoother Appearance
  • Improve's Elasticity
  • Healthier Outer Lipid Barrier
  • Powerful Humectant
  • The Ultimate in Oil-free Hydration

Additional Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

One of the best features of HA is that it's a natural acid produced in your body. That means products containing Hyaluronic Acid are safe for use all over your body.

A natural lubricant, HA can help ease sore, stiff joints and bones. As it speeds up the body's production of proteins, Hyaluronic Acid can also speed up the regeneration process in your body.

Hyaluronic acid injectables are available and widely used to reshape specific body areas for cosmetic and medical reasons. This can lead to boosted confidence and overall better health.

Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Who knew that the secret to younger-looking skin already existed within you? Similar to collagen, your body naturally produces Hyaluronic Acid.

HA is responsible for keeping your skin moisturized and looking plump, even, and healthy.

While nothing can turn back the hands of time, Hyaluronic Acid and related products can improve your skin's appearance and return its natural glow.

Are you looking for all-natural, organic products? Look no further.

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Are there any side effects of Hyaluronic Acid?
There are no known side effects of using HA. It's an all-around great product that many individuals, including those with sensitive skin or chemical sensitivities, can use. It is a naturally occurring substance that is already in our bodies.

What is the difference between High Molecular and Low Molecular?
High molecular weight hyaluronic acid is generally used for dermal filling and plumping. Low Molecular penetrates the epidermis better and increases the effectiveness of Hyaluronic Acid. 

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Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702887/HYALURONIC_ACID/
https://www.today.com/style/what-hyaluronic-acid-hyaluronic-acid-s-benefits-skin-care-t152710

About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.

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