If you haven’t added Hyaluronic Acid (or sometimes labeled as ‘HA’) to your regimen, now is the time to read up and stock up on this remarkable moisture binding molecule. The word itself may sound intimidating but our own bodies, especially our skin cells, actually produce Hyaluronic Acid as a way to manage moisture levels. It helps bind water to collagen, keeping the skin plump and hydrated. As we age, the production of HA slows down due to lower estrogen and testosterone levels. Coupling that with extrinsic factors, or those that occur outside of our bodies like exposure to UV light or pollution, and we’ve got a recipe for fine lines, sensitivity, uneven tone and texture on top of dehydrated skin.
Although eating healthy is always recommended, there aren’t any foods that contain a substantial amount of Hyaluronic Acid. You can however, increase your intake of foods rich in minerals that are required in production of Hyaluronic Acid like magnesium and zinc. Avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun and using a physical sunscreen like ZO Skin Health’s Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 is always good practice. There are also supplements you can take with studies stating that participants noticed improvement after 6 weeks of daily dosing. However, if you want to tackle signs of aging, topical forms of HA would be the way to go. 50% of the body’s HA production is in our skin cells!
So, what exactly does Hyaluronic Acid do for your skin? When applied topically, it holds onto moisture which in turn keeps your skin hydrated, plump and glowing. Just one gram of HA holds up to six liters of water! Appearance of lines and wrinkles are reduced when the skin is properly hydrated. It is also safe for all skin types from oily and acne prone and gentle enough for clients with sensitive skin dealing with rosacea.
Hyaluronic Acid also comes in the form of injectables, dermal fillers to be exact. A Hyaluronic Acid filler like Juvederm is injected in specific areas to replenish volume and bring structure back to the face. HA fillers are gel like and it has the same concept as always, attract and bind to water to create a fuller appearance. These fillers can even help your body ramp up its own production of Hyaluronic Acid as well as stimulate production of collagen.
At MD Boutiques Med Spa, we carry only Food and Drug Administration approved Hyaluronic Acid fillers. Doctor Marsala is board certified and specially trained with an eye for the subtleties that create a lifted and more youthful appearance. We recommend a consultation so she can design a personalized care plan that will meet the best outcomes for your goals.