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Apr 06, 2016
by Vivant Skin Care
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate) found between the layers of our skin that binds water molecules to it. HA is abundant in the skin until about age 18, after which it begins to slowly decline. It is thought by researchers that a high level of HA is responsible for young-looking, wrinkle-free skin, and that the decline of HA contributes to aging. This is why some have called hyaluronic acid the "fountain of youth." HA is also found in the body's joints, bones and organs. Injecting HA directly into the joints can provide pain relief and encourage the formation of new cartilage where it has been lost. Since the body's tissues eventually absorb the HA, these treatments are not permanent and eventually need to be repeated. As our bodies get older, the number of HA molecules decrease and can't hold onto water molecules as well. Applying HA to the skin in topical form has shown benefits for the skin, including the following. Improves skin hydration As skin ages, the HA cells deplete. The body still makes HA, but the molecules are smaller and can hold less water in the skin. Topical HA absorbs into the skin, where it can once again bind with water molecules to keep skin better hydrated. With regular use, skin can regain some of its youthful moisture levels.
Helps Skin Look Smoother and Feel Softer HA fills in depressions and spaces between skin cells, helping to give skin a smoother look and feel. As collagen breaks down, wrinkles not even visible to the naked eye begin to disrupt the smooth look of skin, making it appear duller. HA can fill in these cracks and even stimulate natural collagen production so that the skin is more elastic and has a brighter glow. Reduces and Prevents Wrinkles The tiny invisible wrinkles in skin that happen when collagen is lost, eventually turn into noticeable wrinkles. Using HA can prevent these wrinkles from appearing, and for existing wrinkles, can make them less noticeable. Prevents UV Damage Over time, UV damage can deplete the HA from skin, accelerating the breakdown of collagen even more and creating scar tissue. Using HA on the skin can block some of the UV damage from occurring. Helps Damaged Skin Heal Adding HA to a skin care regimen can assist in the healing of damaged skin. One study of patients with seborrheic dermatitis showed improvement in 100% of the subjects after 8 weeks of HA use. Scar tissue that has been deprived of the body's own HA can rejuvenate when HA is applied topically to the skin. Vivant Skin Care's Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream contains hyaluronic acid as well as vitamin A, peptides and grapeseed oil to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as it gets rid of dark circles and puffiness. Vivant's Totaloe Calming and Hydrating Gel, which also contains hyaluronic acid, is an oil-free, non-greasy hydrator that restores smoothness, refines pores and replenishes moisture. Are you interested in more helpful skin care tips? Join our mailing list today for advice and product updates!
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