The 5 Pillars Of Hydration: #3 – Ageless Beauty
Ageless beauty has long been the Holy Grail of the cosmetics industry. Just a quick glance online reveals the abundance of beauty products aimed at supporting a more attractive, youthful appearance. Most attempt to counteract the effects of aging by applying moisturizers, emollients, and vitamins to the skin surface. There is, however, a newer approach that relies on your body’s natural system of hydration to achieve its results.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a long-chain sugar molecule found naturally throughout your body. Often referred to as nature’s moisturizer, this amazing substance has the ability to bind up to 1000 times its weight in water! It can help transport that essential moisture anywhere it’s needed in your body.
Previously in this series The 5 Pillars of Hydration, we’ve explored the ways that hyaluronic acid supports the health of our bones, joints, eyes, skin, and hair. Now let’s look more specifically at the ways in which HA helps support a healthy complexion and a more youthful appearance.
HA and the Skin
The skin is the human body’s largest organ. Each day it is challenged with the task of protecting us from sun, wind, dust, environmental toxins, and an array of potentially harmful pathogens. To perform this barrier function, the skin must remain elastic, supple, and resistant to damage. And here’s where hyaluronic acid plays such a vital role.
About 50% of the hyaluronic acid in your body resides in your skin. There, it helps deliver the moisture essential to supporting the health and integrity of your skin. HA helps keep skin cells stay hydrated and nourished, helps support the building blocks of cell health, and assists in carrying away impurities. Together, these 3 functions help give our skin a healthy, fresh, and more youthful looking appearance
How Does HA Support Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and can be found not only in your skin, but also in your tendons, cartilage, and blood vessels. Along with another protein, elastin, collagen not only serves as a connective tissue, but also provides the skin with its structure, resilience, and strength. Hyaluronic acid supports collagen by nourishing and hydrating the cells (called fibroblasts) that help maintain collagen.
Hyaluronic Acid and Aging
When you are young, your body typically produces all the HA you need. But as you age, your body’s ability to produce HA decreases. Someone age 50 or over may produce only half the HA they did at age 20. And nowhere is this decrease in HA reserves more apparent than in the epidermis (the outermost layer of our skin). While HA levels in the deeper skin layer (the dermis) decrease slightly over time, epidermal HA levels are more vulnerable and can decrease by as much as 40%, giving your skin a less-hydrated appearance. Fortunately, there is an answer.
The Hyalogic Solution
Fortunately, both topical and systemic supplementation with hyaluronic acid may help support or lessen the effects of aging on your complexions and support a more youthful looking appearance. Applied topically, hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the skin, seeking out and binding the water it encounters and using that moisture to rehydrate and nourish your skin. Taken orally as a dietary supplement, hyaluronic acid works from the inside outward to support the health of vital substances such as elastin and collagen. This helps keep skin cells plump and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and “loose” skin.
At Hyalogic, we understand the science of hydration and its importance to healthy, beautiful skin. That’s why our products incorporate the same high-molecular-weight HA that your body produces naturally. That helps the HA contained within your supplements get to work immediately. That helps support skin hydration and health. Also, Hyalogic HA is derived from a non-animal source and is considered vegan-friendly.
See Hyalogic’s full line of skin care and beauty products and discover how Hyalogic can be your path to more hydrated, younger-looking skin.