If you subscribe to a favourite fashion, beauty or lifestyle magazine, then I’m sure at one stage or another, you will have come across the words “Hyaluronic Acid” either directly or as a vitamin supplement, but what is it and why should it be part of your beauty regime ? Well, I took a moment to chat to my friend, the lovely Wendy who is a consultant at Rodan and Fields (you can view her website here) about it and it’s benefits.
What is Hyaluronic Acid ? (aka the sciencey bit)
Hyaluronic acid (sometimes called HA) is an agent which works as a space filler and cushioning agent. Originally discovered in 1934 by Karl Meyer, it came to the publics attention when a when a study was undertaken on men and women from Japan who displayed higher than normal activity and flexibility levels for their age. Upon investigation it was eventually found to be related to oestrogen-like molecules in their diet from soya and tofu, which sent signals to the cells to make more hyaluronic acid. Further scientific research has since shown that HA improves skin hydration, stimulates production of collagen in skin, works as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, maintains skin elasticity, cushions joints and nerve tissues, has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity and maintains the fluid in the eye tissues.
The average human body contains roughly 15 grams of HA, one third of which is degraded and synthesized on a daily basis. As we age, the manufacture of such agents declines and decreasing levels of hyaluronic acid in the body have been found to accompany the ageing process and it’s estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the synthesis of HA is roughly half that required by the body to maintain a healthy looking skin.
Skin – Just about half of the total HA in our bodies is located in the collagen of the skin. Because HA retains over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, it has a moisturising effect on the skin so it follows use of an HA supplement can result in increased smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles. Another benefit of HA is its ability to remove waste products from cells, especially where there is little blood circulation. This is the principal market of Rodan and Fields, Wendy explains, with products like the night renewing serum, reverse regimen and unblemish regime proving not just popular, but also fantastically effective as their results pages show !!
Joints – If you haven’t already heard of glucosamine supplements for the treatment of arthritic conditions, you won’t have heard it belongs to a group of compounds known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which build stronger, healthier and more flexible joints. HA is the most active form of GAG and in joints, it works as a shock absorber lubricating the fluid in the joint tissues. It also helps remove any waste products, which are often acidic in nature arising from the destruction of the cartilage matrix, thereby reducing joint pain.
Eyes – HA is found in the vitreous fluid in the eyes which gives them their shape and characteristics. The first hyaluronic acid medical product was intended for use in eye surgery specifically for cataract surgery and glaucoma and was used to hasten the healing process following surgery. Since hyaluronic acid lubricates the eye tissues, it is of great benefit for people suffering from dry eyes. Oral supplements of HA may also help your eyesight. The reason for this is that as we age, less HA is found in the eye tissues and it is required to help support the eye structures.
Gum Disease –Gum disease is a common problem here in the UK estimated to affect as much as 75% of adults over the age of 35. Surprisingly, gum disease, and not tooth decay, is the single biggest cause of tooth loss. Taking a Hyaluronic acid supplement is a valuable component in the gums helping with the regeneration of fresh healthy gum tissue as well as reducing any inflammation that leads to bleeding gums. Several studies indicate that applying hyaluronic acid as a gel (Gengigel) helps to reduce bleeding gums and other indicators of gum disease.
So what’s stopping you ?
In addition to the outline above, there are many additional benefits reported with the use of hyaluronic acid, which include
- Faster wound healing
- Increased energy
- Dry skin relief
- Improved muscular strength
- Increased mental alertness.
Can you really afford not to take hyaluronic acid supplements or try out the amazing products on Wendy’s consultant page ? As well as getting yourself a great deal, you’ll also be buying from a trusted, approved source, who can help you choose the right product for you and get the most from it. Makes perfect sense to me !!!
PS – My favourite is the night renewing serum !!!!