What is all the Hype with Hyaluronic acid?

Everywhere us Aestheticians look at the moment; Hyaluronic Acid is everywhere but what is the hype? Why is Hyaluronic Acid so fantastic for our skin? Lets find out...

Firstly, what is it?

Although Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of the body’s HA is found here. It is found in both the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the visible epidermal top layers.

Its function in the body is, among other things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its consistency and tissue-friendliness allow it to be beneficial in skin-care products as an excellent moisturizer. Because HA is one of the most hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules in nature, with numerous benefits for the human body, it is described as “nature’s moisturizer.”

It is a well-proven fact that HA improves skin hydration, and elasticity while stimulating skin collagen production. In addition, it performs antioxidant and free radical protection, as well as cushioning joints and nerve tissues. It has also been confirmed that it possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics.

When was Hyaluronic Acid Discovered?

HA was first used commercially in 1942 when Endre Balazs applied for a patent to use it as a substitute for egg white in bakery products. Its discovery was very unique. No other molecule had ever been discovered that has such unique properties to the human body. Balazs went on to become the leading expert on HA, and made the majority of discoveries concerning Hyaluronic Acid benefits.

What products is it used in?

Hyaluronic Acid is found in Dermal Fillers used by Aestheticians all over the world, Dermal fillers are treatments that can combat the signs of aging such as wrinkles and furrows and rejuvenate the face by augmenting the lips, cheeks, and other areas. Among injectable fillers, hyaluronic acid is a popular choice due to its versatility, effectiveness, and very few side effects.