The Miracle MoleculeOctober 5th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
How Hyaluronic Acid Took Over Skincare
The term “miracle cure” is often used to refer to an impossible, almost magical solution to a problem. A “miracle cure” does it all, and that’s why it’s so hard to come by. But when it comes to skincare, we’ve known about the “miracle cure” for over 50 years now. In fact, this substance is found in nearly every skincare product on the market. It’s in your moisturizers and creams. It’s in your injectables and your fillers. It’s even in your body right now, keeping your eyes and joints moist.
It’s called Hyaluronic Acid (or HA)
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring molecule that’s found in everything from bacteria to human beings. In our bodies it can be found in our connective tissue, in our joints, tendons, and ligaments, keeping them lubricated and working properly. If our bodies are machines, then HA is the oil that keeps them running.
This substance was first discovered in the eye fluid of cows in the 1930’s, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s when researchers discovered high concentrations of it in other parts of the body, and began studying its uses as a regenerative molecule.
Compounds using HA have been used to treat skin lesions as well as certain forms of osteoarthritis.
In the 2010’s, however, HA moved into the cosmeceutical market, forever changing the way we fight the signs of aging.
Worth its Weight
Hyaluronic Acid is hydrophilic, which means that it loves water. In fact, this little molecule can carry up to 1000 times its weight in water. That’s great news for your skin, which is always thirsty for water. Keeping the skin moisturized is one of the best ways to fight the signs of aging.
As we get older, collagen and elastin in the dermis starts to break down. Moisturizing can slow this process down. But plain old water does a poor job of penetrating the outer layer of skin. That’s where Hyaluronic Acid comes in. HA can transport water from the outer layer of skin deep into the dermis. That’s why most moisturizers today have some form of HA in their ingredients.
Soft Skin Secrets
Hyaluronic Acid has what scientists call a “high molecular weight.” When we first started using HA, we had to tweak its properties to make it small enough to penetrate the skin. Now there’s lots of variations of HA on the market.
Combined with other active ingredients, HA can be used in things like facial fillers. By injecting certain areas of the face with HA solutions, we can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging. Some fillers that use HA include Juvéderm and Restylane Silk. These fillers add volume to the skin, smoothing out hard lines and restoring the face to its youthful appearance.
The best part is, Hyaluronic Acid is completely safe. Because the dermis already contains HA, the solution to smoother looking skin is to use more of what’s working.
With HA facial fillers, you can do everything from plumping up your lips to smoothing out those laugh lines.
Skin looks softer and dewier after a quick treatment with HA facial fillers.
We’re still discovering ways to use HA in our cosmeceuticals. As our knowledge of this miracle molecule grows, so do our techniques and applications.
The next time you’re in the market for skincare products or treatments, keep an eye out for Hyaluronic Acid.
It truly has become a milestone for better skincare, whether you use it in your moisturizers or your facial fillers. 775.329.3000