So, what exactly is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?
A naturally found saccharide or sugar, Hyaluronic acid (HA) has in recent years gained much attention for its ability to strengthen different skin functions and support the extracellular matrix structures that hold the skin firm. The skin’s resilience, its firmness and tightness as well as its volume all depend on the strength of the skin’s extracellular matrix. Two crucial elements of this structure are collagen and elastin – the scaffolding proteins that hold the skin firm and tight. HA plays a vital role in enabling the health and abundance of collagen and elastin.
HA is also a hydrophilic substance implying it has the ability to attract and retain moisture. In fact, one single molecule of HA can hold moisture multiple times its weight. Due to this quality, HA also plays a vital role in hydration of the skin. Hydration or moisturisation as we know is another elemental quality of youthful skin. Ageing skin is also characterised by dryness and dullness that comes from loss of hydration.
While HA is naturally found in the skin’s layers, as we age the skin experiences a depletion in its precious reserves of this sugar. Replenishing the skin’s lost HA reserves is therefore the central focus of multiple skincare products and treatments.
So, which hyaluronic acid based product do you need?
There is no dearth of HA-based skincare products and treatments in the market. As mentioned above a series of moisturizing creams and anti-ageing products today incorporate some form of HA. Similarly, dermal fillers use HA as a filling agent to achieve multiple purposes – from feature enhancement to replenishing the skin’s lost volume. Different HA based products achieve different results. So, the product you need depends on your requirement from it.
If you need an HA based product to give your dehydrated and dry skin some much-needed moisture and radiance, an HA based cream or serum will do the job. HA based serums help give the skin a soft and smooth texture as they work as humectants. In some cases, they also help fill up fine lines and the early signs of ageing.
Similarly, if you need a filling effect on a particular area of your skin such as volume in the cheeks or lips, dermal fillers work to achieve the same.
However, if you have a mature skin seeking anti-ageing benefits from a Hyaluronic acid based product, you can use a HA-based anti-ageing procedure that uses a highly pure form of HA to achieve skin bio-remodelling. It is gently injected into multiple points on the face to address the process of ageing at its source. By replenishing high concentration of HA at strategic points into the deep layers of the skin, the procedure boosts the generation of scaffolding proteins collagen and elastin. It also deeply hydrates the skin.
So, take your pick!