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What exactly is Hyaluronic Acid, and why does it work wonders for your skin?

What exactly is Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid, it is a mouthful, that skincare ingredient, commonly used in popular serums, sheet masks and moisturizers today. With ‘acids’ you should think of peeling, but Hyaluronic Acid has nothing to do with peeling. It is also far from ‘aggressive‘. Many dermatologists swear by Hyaluronic Acid for daily use, because this molecule binds to water in the skin so that it fills your skin.

Think a beautiful ‘full’ skin that young girls often have naturally. In fact, baby skins are bursting with it. Perhaps you have noticed over the years that your skin loses some of that volume? Especially if you also have to deal with yo-yo, so that your skin loses its strength. In addition, it is also a natural filler for fine lines and wrinkles. Think Hyaluronic Acid, consider a dewy, glowy effect. It is true that Hyaluronic Acid has even more to offer, and we are happy to explain that to you in detail.

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

“Hyaluronic Acid is linked to Collagen on the one hand and binds to water on the other, for a full, radiant skin.”

By nature, we already have a source of Hyaluronic Acid in the body, namely stored in our connective tissue, the skin and the nerve tissue. This sugar molecule is a water lover (the natural form is linked to collagen on the one hand and binds to water on the other, for firmness) while leaving the skin hydrated and joints supple. Hyaluronic Acid is, therefore, a building block to keep our body flexible and moisturized.

What does Hyaluronic Acid do?

The magical ingredient is in scientific circles already proven as a substance that can provide the skin with a lot of moisture – one gram of Hyaluronic Acid can retain no less than six litres of water. Six litres! It is a so-called humectant and loves water. Even more impressive: Hyaluronic Acid can do this for your skin without overdoing it and over-watering the skin. 

Surprisingly, it can (surprisingly) also harm in the case of moisture, because it breaks down substances that usually keep the skin surface intact. In addition, Hyaluronic Acid revitalizes the skin separately from the surface layer, so that the skin looks softer, smoother and more radiant. This also softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pleasant side effect: it is suitable for any skin type, including (allergy) sensitive, even rosacea-prone skin. To sum up:

  • provides the surface with the perfect dose of moisture;
  • fades fine lines and wrinkles;
  • makes the skin more supple and firmer;
  • strengthens the protective layer of the skin;
  • is anti-inflammatory, so (acne) wounds heal faster;
  • arms the skin with antioxidants against free radicals.

Why is the care with Hyaluronic Acid critical?

Hyaluronic Acid plays a vital role in the maintenance of healthy connective tissue, the elasticity of the skin and wound healing.

The body’s ability to produce and renew Hyaluronic Acid (and Collagen) decreases as you age, according to research. In addition, extreme weather conditions, including heating in the winter, certain skincare products and underlying problems can cause minor breaks in the protective skin barrier, causing water to escape.

The human body is capable of producing and renewing Hyaluronic Acid itself, producing about 3g HA per day. An average person has about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid in the body that is distributed over the entire body tissue. The skin absorbs Hyaluronic Acid very well when it is applied to the face, for example. 

What exactly does Hyaluronic Acid do in the body?

Hyaluronic Acid performs essential functions in the body, which are related to healthy skin. It regulates the hydrating power, the metabolism and the restorative power of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is usually found in the dermis, but it is also found in the epidermis. In the dermis, the fabric retains a water reserve to prevent drying of the epidermis and to keep the water balance optimal. Hyaluronic Acid has a dynamic turnover rate of less than a day in the body.

For the total picture: Hyaluronic Acid plays a vital role in maintaining healthy connective tissue, skin elasticity and wound healing. Hyaluronic Acid also keeps the joints, blood vessels and fibro burden flexible. The fibroblast is the primary cell of the connective tissue, a non-elastic fibre that ensures the firmness of the skin.

Can you make Hyaluronic Acid cream yourself?

“Hyaluronic acid helps to slow down and repair the effects of ageing, resulting in optimally hydrated, smooth skin.”

It is indeed possible to use a DIY recipe for Hyaluronic acid cream (Google around), including distilled water, glycerine and hyaluronic acid powder. Only then, of course, you still have to buy that hyaluronic acid powder (of good quality). So why not stock up on a good brand hyaluronic acid cream right away? For example, reliable skincare brands use in a lab and during production with strict requirements, so that the product is well preserved and no bacterial contamination occurs. Hyaluronic Acid, it is indeed a miracle cure, but lubricate a quality product.

Hyaluronic Acid and Skin Aging: How Does Anti-Aging Work?

If the skin produces less Hyaluronic Acid as you age, this results in sagging of the skin and clarifying wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid, with its powerful moisturizing properties, can help curb and repair the effects of ageing, leaving the skin hydrated and smoother. Advice: use Hyaluronic Acid in combination with sunscreen for maximum protection against the harmful effects of exposure to UV radiation.

Why choose a moisturizing cream with Hyaluronic Acid?

‘Hyaluronic acid can ensure that the skin dries out less and recovers faster during pregnancy or after delivery.’

Hyaluronic Acid is thus known for its moisturizing anti-ageing properties. It reduces the symptoms of parched skin, fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin look smoother, younger and fuller. A real asset for people in their thirties in combating visible fine lines and maintaining healthy skin, so. Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent ingredient in the formula of moisturizers and serums, where the Hyaluronic Acid can be of synthetic or natural origin. Vichy’s skincare products provide a natural source of Hyaluronic Acid. An excellent example of this, for daily use, is Minéral 89.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe During Pregnancy?

More than 90% of women experience changes in the skin during pregnancy. These changes can result in dark circles under the eyes, visibly drier skin, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Hyaluronic Acid in creams is entirely safe to use during your pregnancy. 

It can even cause your skin to dry out and recover faster during your pregnancy or after giving birth. We do not recommend hyaluronic Acid in the form of fillers and other non-essential surgical procedures during pregnancy. Keep Hyaluronic Acid present in creams and serums to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Why lubricate Hyaluronic Acid in combination with other antioxidants?

Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid (HA) are two ingredients commonly found in skincare products, and it’s no wonder, as they strengthen the skin with a powerful anti-ageing effect. Certainly together. Products that often contain Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid include anti-ageing products, moisturizers, and serums. Using both ingredients on a daily basis can produce remarkable results for the face, including fewer wrinkles and fewer dark spots.

Which Vichy products contain Hyaluronic Acid?

Vichy offers several products that contain this natural ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid. Including Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme to visibly improve the ten signs of skin ageing. While the Aqualia Thermal line is ideal for promoting and stimulating the moisture circulation in the cells, a popular product, Minéral 89, contains besides 89% Mineralizing Water also Hyaluronic Acid to strengthen the skin barrier function. Do you want to protect your skin against UV rays and a good anti-ageing cream with Hyaluronic Acid at the same time? Then the Vichy Anti-Oxidant Booster is recommended.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/

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