Hyaluronic acid, commonly known as hyaluronan, is a moisture rich, naturally occurring substance. As it binds water with collagen, it boosts hydration and acts as a lubricating cushion, plumping our skin. This is critical to ensure resilience and reparation. Essentially, it is what creates that dewy aesthetic we’re all chasing after.
It might be surprising, but as the highest concentration of this fluid is in our joints and eyes, it is has been utilized medically since the 1970’s for arthritis and cataracts. Not exactly the kind of aging we had in mind. We’re used to seeing this anti-aging ingredient within the beauty industry, especially for cosmetic procedures. Juvederm is the kind of injections we’re familiar with. These dermal fillers are used for their bio-compatibility and reversibility. But what if needles aren’t your thing? As natural beauty buffs, we were keen to understand how hyaluronic acid works in topical treatments.
What’s Collagen Got to do With it?
While we often throw around the word collagen, we want to break it down as it is intrinsically connected with Hyaluronic Acid. As an essential protein, collagen acts as the building block matrix, essentially creating the structure to our skin. Collagen itself is structurally reminiscent of a rope with three chains that wind around each other to form a triple helix for enormous strength and tensile force.
With maturity however, this collagen scaffold loses this strength and stability. So unfortunately as we age, our bodies produce less and lower qualities of it, losing the essence of what we associate with youth - firm, supple and luminescent skin. Let alone if we made the typical reckless choices of youth. You know the ones; poor eating habits, smoking, and excessive drinking. With 80% of facial skin aging attributed to UV-exposure, we may need to reconsider some of our lifestyle choices. This is where supplementing collagen production has become a hot topic (whether you add it to your coffee or not is up to you).
How to Bounce Back
Since we’re looking for simple, clean and natural ways to support our collagen production, we have to circle back to Hyaluronic Acid. With its innate ability for regeneration, anti inflammation and hydration, we can see why it’s in so many of our serums and creams. It should be noted that the efficacy of topicals is quite impressive. While oral nutrients have the ability to have a greater impact into deeper layers of the skin, Hyaluronic Acid bound water is focused most significantly on hydrating the dermis layer of skin. All that to say, is that you can focus on the ease and simplicity of topical serums, which typically absorb into the skin within 60 seconds. This should be a relief for those who need an efficient skin care routine. Less really can be more.
As always, consistency is key. Like most clinical trials, improvement is seen with regular and proper use as all repeatable actions have impact. Results can happen over night, but realistically, expect results like improvement in skin hydration, elasticity and roughness within 6-12 weeks. In a 2019 study, supporting our collagen with supplements did not cause any side effects, proving to be well tolerated.
We see how it is so promising to soften lines, reduce puffiness and firm areas that thin easily like the delicate skin around our eyes. So how do we maximize on retaining youthful and resilient skin? Moisture. And if we want a proven deep moisturizing agent? Hyaluronic Acid. So if this isn’t in your regime yet, we don’t know why you haven’t added our Double Dose Vitamin C serum into your cart yet. This clean, super power serum covers all your bases, including deep hydration, so get ready to turn back the clock (or just freeze time).
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