Updated: Jan 21
Hyaluronic acid - also known as hyaluronan - is a substance that is naturally produced by your body. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and holds on to moisture in cells, and the largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue, and eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.
Below, learn about the 5 benefits of this wonderful substance.
1. Hyaluronic Acid Promotes Healthier Skin
Hyaluronic acid helps your skin look and feel plumper. Roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture.
However, the natural aging process and exposure to things like ultraviolet radiation from the sun, cigarette smoke, and pollution can decrease its amounts in the skin.
Hyaluronic acid penetrates easily, which is why it works so well when applied topically. When applied to the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid serums can reduce wrinkles, redness, and dermatitis.
Also, when injecting hyaluronic acid fillers, they make the skin look firm and youthful.
2. Hyaluronic Acid Can Speed Wound Healing
Hyaluronic acid also plays a key role in wound healing. It’s naturally present in the skin, but its concentrations increase when there is damage in need of repair.
Applying it to skin wounds has been shown to reduce the size of wounds and decrease pain faster. Hyaluronic acid also has antibacterial properties, so it can help reduce the risk of infection when applied directly to open wounds.
3. Hyaluronic Acid Stimulates Skin Cell Regeneration
While hyaluronic acid won’t speed up the cell renewal process, it does help promote skin cell regeneration by offering extra hydration and barrier protection to the skin. This naturally leads to healthier cells and a more dewy complexion.
Also, hyaluronic acid fortifies the skin’s natural barriers to help lock moisture in for an even more dramatic hydrating effect. Over time, this can help slow down the deterioration of the lipid barrier (your skin's protective barrier).
4. Hyaluronic Acid Relieves Dry Eye and Discomfort
Since hyaluronic acid is excellent at retaining moisture, it’s often used to treat dry eyes, and eye drops containing hyaluronic acid have been shown to reduce dry eye symptoms and improve eye health.
Hyaluronic acid eye drops are also frequently used during eye surgery to reduce inflammation and speed wound healing.
5. Hyaluronic Acid Improves Joints and Bone Health
Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in reducing joint inflammation and pain caused by injury or tissue degeneration, as it works naturally in the body to keep joints well-lubricated.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections vs. Topical Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid in injectable form is a procedure that can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and add volume to e.g. your lips. Injectable hyaluronic acid goes deeper than topical hyaluronic acid is serums and creams, and it can penetrate the dermis and cause semi-permanent results. Injectables can be used to improve the skin’s contours and reduce depressions such as lines like crow’s feet around the eyes and mouth.
During the procedure, the hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin around wrinkles, which results in a deeper plumping effect that can help to stimulate collagen synthesis. This partially restores the skin components, while keeping the skin looking firm and plump.
Results like firmer skin and reduced wrinkles are visible after treatment, and increased collagen production is visible within a month after the injections.
Does topical hyaluronic acid differ from that in hyaluronic acid injections?
Hyaluronic acid in creams is produced synthetically and is similar to the type found in cosmetic procedures. Hyaluronic acid injections contain a reticulated hyaluronic acid which is a gel that is thicker in consistency, in order to produce results that last for several months.
Hyaluronic acid assists in stabilizing the skin structure. Topically applied hyaluronic acid acts on the skin’s surface, providing excellent moisturizing properties. However for anti-age action, hyaluronic acid needs to go deeper into the skin to be effective.
Hyaluronic Acid treatments for Skin Rejuvenation at Vit&Drip Center in Puerto Banus, Marbella
Vit&Drip Center offers a variety of treatments that boost the levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin. From dermal fillers injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, Skin Booster treatments to nourish the skin with light hyaluronic acid and vitamins, to intravenous treatments that will help hydrate your body and boost collagen and elastin production.
Contact us by sending an email to email@example.com, book an appointment online or call us at +34619228412 to learn more about our treatments and wellness programs.