Many skin care ingredients come and go, but hyaluronic acid is here to stay. But what exactly is it and why is it so important? Let’s find out.
How Hyalorinoc Acid became so popular
Hyaluronic acid (HA) has been discovered in 1943, but gain its popularity 10 years ago when a reporter visited a Japanese village to discover the reason why most women and men in their 80s had smooth, wrinkle-free skin, a full head of hair, flexible joints and a regular physical activity.
The reason behind their amazing health was their nutrition – they ate soya and tofu rich in oestrogen-like molecules which basically sent signals to their cells to produce more hyaluronic acid. And due to the increased amount of HA, they were the healthiest people on our planet. After this huge discovery, the popularity of hyaluronic acid skyrocketed.
What is Hyaluronic Acid
Scientifically speaking, hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, or in layman's terms – a very large sugar. It is a natural structural component of our skin and is present in all our connective tissues. HA improves skin hydration, maintains skin elasticity, acts as a free radical scavenger and an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity, cushions nerve tissues and joints and maintains the fluid in the eye tissues.
And although it has many health benefits, our focus here is on our skin.
How Hyaluronic Acid Works
Skin is the largest organ in our body and comprises around 15% of our weight. Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of it, and hyaluronic acid and collagen are the ones responsible for that job. They work together and give the skin its firmness, while nourishing and hydrating it at the same time.
To better explain their function, let’s think of collagen as a rubber band. It stretches and restores its original shape, but if you keep stretching it a million times, eventually it will get overstreched and will most likely break. However, if you put that rubber band in water and then stretch it, chances are it will last a lot longer.
The same principle can be applied to our skin. Collagen is the stretchy fiber that restores our skin back to its original place, but it needs “water” to do its job properly. The “water” that keeps collagen moist and elastic is hyaluronic acid. It has a unique ability to hold onto water, and therefore acts like a sponge. Hyaluronic acid improves the texture and hydration of the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Why We Need Hyaluronic Acid Capsules
One third of our average amount of HA is degraded and synthesized on a daily basis. Therefore, our body needs a constant source of hyaluronic acid to function properly. However, as the manufacture of every single protective agent in our body declines as we age, we need to look for an alternative source. And as the synthesis of HA is roughly half of the needed amount once we reach our 40s, our ability of the skin to hold water significantly decreases and our skin become drier and loses its ability to maintain its hydration.
So if you want your body to have an adequate amount of hyaluronic acid, you need to use supplements.
Regime London Hyaluronic Acid is available at Superdrug.