You can either inject or topically use hyaluronic acid. Injections into the skin are another option, but we’ll discuss those in more detail later.
Hyaluronic acid is a dietary supplement that may be taken orally.
Plants are the best dietary source of hyaluronic acid because they include elements that stimulate hyaluronic acid production in the body. Magnesium and phytoestrogens are two such examples. Bone broth is another food option since it includes hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid can be applied directly to the skin in the form of moisturisers, gels, and serums. For use in cosmetics, it is often extracted from rooster combs or, alternatively, fermented bacterial and yeast cultures (which is vegan).
It’s vital to understand that topical hyaluronic acid is available in a range of molecular weights. High molecular weight and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid are common names for this.
Superior Molecular Mass HA is not readily absorbed by the skin. The penetration of low molecular weight compounds is marginally greater. Cosmetics should have both kinds to properly moisturise the skin.
On nutrition labels, the low molecular weight form is often labelled as “sodium hyaluronate,” whereas the high molecular weight form is usually labelled as “hyaluronic acid.” Hyaluronic acid was chemically extracted to create sodium hyaluronate.
Know this about hyaluronic acid before you go out and buy your first serum containing it: it may be too effective.
Because of its high hydrophilicity, it readily attaches to any source of liquid. since of this, being in a dry atmosphere might actually make you feel drier than previously since HA evaporates along with the water in your skin.
Therefore, it is essential to ‘seal it in’ using a moisturiser after applying hyaluronic acid topically. To stop transepidermal water loss (TEWL), the moisturiser must have oil-based occlusives.
Hyaluronic acid can be applied with slightly damp fingertips to increase its ability to bind water to the skin.
Injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin is another option.
Injections of hyaluronic acid have been approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis since 1997. The term “viscosupplementation” describes this method.
However, RestylaneTM, the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler, was authorised by the FDA in 2003. Other dermal fillers had previously been introduced on the market at that time. Nonetheless, there were reasons to be optimistic about a HA-based product:
- The immune system is less likely to reject hyaluronic acid since it occurs naturally in the human body.
- Because of its versatility, hyaluronic acid may be manufactured to meet a variety of demands in the facial area.
- Hyaluronidase is a naturally occurring enzyme that can be used to dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers if the patient is unhappy with the results.
- When compared to other dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid’s water attraction provides an additional boost to the skin’s volume and suppleness.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are thick gels that the body gradually absorbs over the course of 6-18 months. They are injected just below the skin to provide fullness and contour features like the lips, nose, and cheeks. It is also possible to utilise them to revitalise the arms and chest. Static wrinkles are also reduced because of the increase in volume.
Only medical professionals, such as physicians and nurses, should inject dermal fillers. These injections may be found at several medical spas for an additional fee.
The duration of effect and unique selling points of various hyaluronic acid filler manufacturers vary widely. However, the Juvederm™ range is the longest-lasting and most obviously effective.
There are three major innovations that set Juvederm™ distinct from its rivals.
- Hyaluronic acid cross-linking, using the trademarked processes Vycross® and Hylacross®
- Each of its filler products (designed for various applications) contains a unique concentration of hyaluronic acid.
- Hyaluronic acid’s many filler compounds combine molecules of differing sizes.