Hyaluronic Acid. It sounds a little scary doesn’t it!
However, it is a completely natural occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) found in every tissue of the body. A long chain sugar molecule, Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1000 its own weight of water. It is our body’s own built in hydration molecule keeping every element of our body hydrated and ‘youthful’.
Over 50% of the bodies’ hyaluronic acid is found in the layers of the skin, extending from the visible epidermal layers down to the deep dermal layers. Studies show that Hyaluronic Acid improves hydration levels in the skin and helps to maintain elasticity, stimulate collagen production in the skin, essential for tissue repair, cushion joints and nerve tissues and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
It is super hydrating, plumping + firming for skin giving it that much desired youthful appearance. Think of a baby’s deliciously dewy and pillowy skin!
The average 70 kg (154 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesised) every day. Unfortunately this liquid fountain of youth depletes with age, generally starting at the age of 25…MF!. As I creep further and further away from 30 to 40, as are many of my galfriends, the topic of health, skin, ageing, our bodies and what the hell is happening to them is a pretty hot one!!
Inevitably I think women want to retain as much youthfulness as humanly possible. I am all for ageing gracefully but… I want to look like Dannii Minogue, she is SO hot right now! 2014 Dannii mind you! Obviously healthy diet and lifestyle choices are our best tool for maintaining whole body youthfulness + vitality, but…
It just so happens that COSMETIC FILLERS aka the BFF of Botox, aka the stuff that plumps up skin, is basically Hyaluronic Acid. Cosmetic Fillers go by the trademarked name of RESTYLANE (‘the trademarked brand name for injectable/cosmetic fillers using a formulation of Hyaluronic Acid’. They claim to be non-animal and natural).
For cosmetic purposes, Hyaluronic Acid is generally extracted from the Japanese sweet potato, soy, marshmallow root and gelatinous root vegetables.
Just something to think about….