Earlier this morning I had a reader inquire about how to keep her skin looking young, since she was currently in her twenties, but felt that many products on the market were heavy and meant for more mature skin (to see her full question and my answer, visit the “AskElle” tab). After answering her question, and I sure hope I did, I was inspired to add more to one of the recommendations I had given her, since most have probably never even heard of it, and it really should be a part of everyone’s current skin care regimen.
So what is this miraculous discovery you ask? It so happens that it’s in some foods we eat, manufactured in our bodies, and now, thanks to Chemists and savvy Product Developers, alike, available for purchase in a convenient little bottle!!! Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid, in the skin, is a major component. It helps store water, repair tissue, and is involved in inhibiting the growth of bacteria. As you can see, ALL very important functions in keeping the skin healthy and young!
So if its abundant in our bodies and foods we eat why would our skin continue to age and why would we need to bottle it? Well, just like anything else that starts to breakdown in the body as it ages, Hyaluronic acid starts to diminish with age as well.
Besides providing lubrication for our joints and protecting our eyes, Hyaluronic acid is responsible for keeping skin full, smooth, and elastic. Without it, the skin is thin, loose and flaccid.
Two ways to replenish this loss… One, is to use a filler, such as Restylane. But that can get costly if you’re on a budget, or it may not be an option at all, if you happen to be needle shy. The second, is to use a hyaluronic acid serum daily, after cleansing, and before moisturizing. There are several clinical skin care lines that offer this products. They key in choosing is that it contain 100% Hyaluronic acid, and nothing else 😉