What’s all the Buzz about Hyaluronic Acid ?

Hyaluronic Acid is among the latest buzzwords in the beauty industry. It is widely used as an injectable filler and also in topical applications like creams and serums. Hyaluronic Acid or HA is actually a complex sugar that is found naturally in our body. It is called as glycosaminoglycan and can be found in the connective tissue, in the spinal disc, in the fluid around the joints and the skin. The substance acts as a cushioning agent and causes water retention in the body. Let us see why there is so much buzz about hyaluronic acid in the beauty industry.

How is Hyaluronic Acid used for Skin Care?

Hyaluronic Acid content is highest in the skin at birth. It starts diminishing with passing years. If baby soft skin is what you are looking for, then the hyaluronic acid content in your skin needs to be replenished with the help of products that contain HA. There are many different skin care products these days that comprise of hyaluronic acid, be it lip gloss, moisturizers or dermal fillers. Lets see how each of these products work.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers 

Hyaluronic Acid

Juvederm, Puragen and Restylane are some of the popular brands of hyaluronic acid fillers. The body does not consider it to be a foreign substance and it can simply be injected into the skin. It plumps up the skin and makes it more youthful since young skin has abundant hyaluronic acid. These fillers come in the form of a gel that is injected into the skin. Upon doing so, it acts as a cushioning agent and supports the tissue that has lost elasticity and fills up wrinkles instantly.

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Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizers and Serums

These moisturizers and serums contain cosmetic grade hyaluronic acid which helps in moisturizing the skin and also in plumping it up. Daily application of these serums smoothes the skin. Hyaluronic acid has a tendency to absorb water, almost equal to 500 to 1000 times its own weight. The HA molecules in the moisturizer or the serum penetrate the skin and make it supple. HA molecules with low molecular weight can be directly absorbed by the skin. Daily use increases the elasticity and reduces wrinkles. Hence most moisturizers and serums with HA double up as anti aging potions.

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Hyaluronic Acid in Lip Gloss and Plumpers 

Hyaluronic Acid in Lip Gloss and Plumpers

Just as how hyaluronic acid cushions the skin, it also works on the lips and plumps it up, making it a favorite ingredient in lip glosses and lip plumpers. The hyaluronic acid molecules are in the form of dehydrated microspheres. They travel into the skin and bind with the water molecules in the lips. It provides an instant plumping effect to the lips and makes it supple.

Not just this, hyaluronic acid is also present in many cosmetics since it effectively fights free radicals and also provides the skin UV protection. So the next time you go cosmetic shopping, look for products with hyaluronic acid and your skin will surely love them!

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.