Hyaluronic Acid is a hot topic at the moment, mainly because of it’s properties as a powerful ingredient in the fight against ageing. Whilst our bodies naturally contain Hyaluronic acid, over the years the amount in our body declines, much in the same way that our collagen does.
Finding ways to boost both Hyaluronic Acid & Collagen in our skin has been at the forefront of beauty & skincare research for a number of years. Although it makes for a great topical moisturiser (if used correctly) research shows that supplementing with Hyaluronic acid does not result in higher levels within the skin, where it is needed.
What is Hyaluronic Acid & Why Should I Care About It?
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it comprises roughly 15% of our body weight. We find almost half of our body’s Hyaluronic acid contained within our skin’s collagen. Collagen & Hyaluronic acid are important because they work synergistically to support both the skin’s layers and structure, collagen works to firm the skin, whilst Hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates the collagen, therefore keeping the collagen and in turn the skin, moist and elastic.
Hyaluronic acid is an unbeatable moisturiser because it retains 1,000 times its own weight in water within the skin’s cells. No other biological substance can retain as much water as hyaluronic acid. Young people have plump, smooth and elastic skin but as time goes on, the body produces less hyaluronic acid, causing the concentration within the skin to fall. Skin in turn holds less water, meaning the membranes covering the internal organs and joints all shrink and more obviously, our skin becomes drier and thinner, giving rise to lines and wrinkles.
How are people increasing Hyaluronic Acid to benefit the skin?
Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a popular choice for boosting levels as it can attract moisture to the skin from within the body. However we recommended that you thoroughly apply the serum until fully absorbed and then seal it in with a moisturiser. This is because Hyaluronic acid, if left to sit on the skin can actually pull moisture out of the skin altogether!
Commonly, Hyaluronic Acid is supplemented orally, often as a tablet in the hopes that it will increase natural levels within the skin. Unfortunately the mechanisms of the skin are often very complicated and there are a few reasons why simply taking Hyaluronic acid tablets will not produce the desired results. Firstly, the large molecular weight of Hyaluronic Acid means that the stomach struggles to absorb the acid in its natural form. Although low molecular weight versions of these supplements do exist they are less effective due to their reduced size. Secondly, whatever Hyaluronic acid the body manages to absorb through the stomach, will more than likely, not end up in the skin where it is needed.
Hyaluronic Acid injections are one of the safest injectables on the market and are widely used in cosmetic surgery to deliver effective results to the face. Its ability to attract and bind water in large amounts means that it fills in wrinkles and plumps the skin effectively. As the acid is a biological substance it is naturally absorbed by the body and is much safer than other alternatives. Injectable Hyaluronic acid provides results which can last up to several months, a thicker product manufactured by Juvederm can provide results for up to 18 months.
One of the most effective methods of boosting Hyaluronic Acid production is an alternative to supplementing directly with Hyaluronic Acid. Great results can be gained through supplementing with ingredients which work synergistically to create an environment within the body where Hyaluronic Acid can be increased significantly. The skin can be highly complicated and a more nuanced approach to boosting levels of Hyaluronic acid is far more effective than simply taking the acid orally.
How does Skinade increase Hyaluronic Acid?
The collagen peptides in Skinade when delivered alongside Skinade’s essential micronutrients naturally increase Hyaluronic acid within the dermis of your skin, where it is needed most.
Skinade does this through stimulating the activity of Hyaluronan Synthases (HAS2) , which are the enzymes that synthesize Hyaluronic Acid. Research has shown that collagen peptides stimulate these enzymes and help the body to create its own Hyaluronic acid, keeping the skin hydrated and healthy.
The results of this approach has been staggering, a recent Cosmopolitan trial reported that
Skinade, within a 30 day period increased skin hydration by 30.5%, increased skin thickness by 3.5% and increased collagen density by 20.39%. Why not learn more about getting better skin from within.