What Is Hyaluronic Acid (& Should I Be Using It?)
Hyaluronic acid is a “goo” molecule that naturally occurs in your body. It’s responsible for lubricating the cartilage in joints so you can move about like a graceful ballerina. It’s also in your skin. Hyaluronic acid uses the same lubricating abilities to repair tissue in your epidermis—especially after it’s been burned by the sun.
Naturally, over time, the lubricating ability of this molecule becomes lessened by age. Not only does this affect your body, but it can also affect your skin. If you’ve ever gone to the desert, you know what we mean. Without moisture, dry, parched skin quickly becomes wrinkled or leathery in appearance—and makeup only deepens those lines.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
For this reason, hyaluronic acid has become a staple in the fight against dry, aged skin. It can be applied to the face topically or via injectables, and can retain up to six liters of water per gram used. That’s serious moisturizing power—and as many of us well know, with great moisture, comes great skin. Wrinkles seem to melt away, and skin becomes smooth and supple in appearance. That’s something we can all get behind.
Should You Use Topical Hyaluronic Acid?
As we mentioned, there are two forms of hyaluronic acid (apart from the kind that is naturally occurring in your skin and body). The first is topical. Often added to moisturizing creams or gels, this form attracts more moisture to your skin. There are two forms typically used in today’s skincare: traditional hyaluronic acid and its counterpart sodium hyaluronate.
Though they are often both labeled as hyaluronic acid on skincare labels, there is a difference between the two. Sodium hyaluronate has a lower molecular size (important for absorption purposes) while hyaluronic acid is bioengineered to penetrate the skin more deeply. Schedule a consultation to learn more about which product would be most beneficial for your skincare needs.
What About Injectable Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid can also be injected into the skin. Restylane, an FDA-approved dermal filler made of a biodegradable, non-animal stabilized form, adds moisture and volume to the eyes and forehead, lips and chin, and cheeks and nose. Deeply penetrating skin with the intense moisture retention properties, Restylane treatments are a fan favorite among the filler set.
One of the safest treatments in use today, Restylane can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can produce fuller, softer looking lips and improve the overall elasticity of your skin. Not to mention, one treatment can last between 12 and 18 months. That is the kind of staying power your favorite moisture just can’t compete with.