Hyaluronic Acid – “The Water Loving Molecule” – occurs naturally within the human body and is an active ingredient in many hydrating serums, lip plumpers, and facial fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid has a molecular structure that makes it prone to bonding with water molecules, boosting moisture retention in the body.
Hyaluronic Acid occurs throughout the body and has diverse properties – for example, in our joints, it helps with joint lubrication. In skincare, Hyaluronic Acid has hydrating and anti-aging properties.
The human body contains enzymes that breaks down Hyaluronic Acid naturally – Hyaluronic Acid has a structure similar to sugar, composed of a chain of Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen atoms.
Because the human body naturally breaks it down, facial fillers, such as Juvéderm, are only semi-permanent. Lip injections and cheek filler usually last around a year, depending on type of filler used, treated area, and metabolism. In general, if you have a higher metabolism, your filler will wear off sooner.
As we get older, our bodies dry up. Our oil glands produce less oil, our moisture retention decreases as we age, and our skin naturally dries out. About 50% of Hyaluronic Acid found in the human body occurs within the skin. As we age, the Hyaluronic Acid found in our epidermis (the outer layer of our skin) decreases.
Most Hyaluronic Acid skin products are serums – serums are composed of smaller particles which penetrate through the outer epidermis layer, into the deeper dermis layer. The best way to use Hyaluronic Acid is to apply a serum, and then seal the moisture in using a facial moisturizer.
Hyaluronic Acid has antioxidant properties, meaning it protects skin from damage from free radicals (cell-damaging molecules found in our atmosphere and food). Hyaluronic Acid boosts collagen moisture and elasticity by keeping the skin hydrated.
In general, keeping your skin hydrated will minimize superficial wrinkles and make your skin and lips appear plumper and fuller. Dehydration accentuates wrinkles and can cause unevenness in skin tone and texture.
How often should I be using Hyaluronic Acid Products?
You can use a Hyaluronic Acid serum daily. I personally switch between two serums - so I use a Hyaluronic Acid serum every other day. I like Sanitas Skincare – they are a local to Colorado and I admire their business values.
Their products are gentle, natural, and ethically-sourced.
As for Hyaluronic Fillers, I am not an injector, but if you are local, I recommend Ali Wagstaff, who is a local RN who has her own medical esthetics practice. I recommend setting up a consultation with a medical professional if you are interested in learning more, so you can ask questions and figure out which treatment is best for you.