Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found in the body. In fact, HA is a humectant or a substance that naturally retains moisture. Statistically, the substance can bind to 1000 times its own weight in water. Before discussing how hyaluronic acid works, it's important to know where it's primarily used.
If you walk into any beauty store, you'll find that HA is highly promoted for its benefits in:
- Beauty products
- Skincare products
While HA occurs naturally in the body, the substance found in most products will come from bio-fermentation. Bio fermentation is a process that is performed in the lab, which involves bacteria in the lab forming the HA.
How Hyaluronic Acid Works 101
HA is so popular because it works exceptionally well. Since the substance can hold so much water, it is used for its moisturizing properties. In fact, it's a moisture magnet that empowers your cells to retain as much water as possible.
Many people will apply hyaluronic acid to their face because it can transform dull, dry skin into skin that is:
Most people don't appreciate the acid's true ability to retain water until it's put into a size comparison that makes sense to them. If you have 1 single gram of HA, it can retain six liters or 1.5 gallons of water.
However, if that high water retention wasn't impressive already, HA also regulates cell moisture.
On a deeper, more scientific level, HA was found to:
- Hydrate the skin by absorbing more water into the cells
- Lubricate your joints
- Fill open space
Naturally, when the body produces HA, it can be for numerous reasons. For example, if you have any tissue damage or wounds that need to heal, HA levels will rise and improve the healing process. In fact, the substance works to regulate the healing process and even enhances the immune response.
HA activates your body's inflammatory response, too.
But that's not all that this acid does. Studies also found that this acid provides a framework for the body to produce blood vessels.
You'll find that hyaluronic acid works in many ways, and it can be applied to the skin or even injected in severe cases. Injections are often best for people with severe pain and are performed on aching, painful joints.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid
HA can be injected into the joints by a professional, but most people will add this product into their daily routine on their own. There are two primary forms of HA that you'll find:
- Moisturizers. As a moisturizer, you'll apply the product to your skin twice per day. However, when using, be sure that you apply after you've cleaned and exfoliated the area for best results.
- Serums. As a serum, you'll need to apply HA differently. Instead, you'll want to clean the area, apply the serum using a few drops, and then seal in the serum by applying a moisturizer.
Normally, you'll want to follow the instructions on the product you purchase. However, most products will recommend applying these products in the morning and at night.
7 Benefits of Using Hyaluronic Acid
1. Healthy Skin
Healthy, moisturized, and supple skin is the main reason HA is so popular. HA helps combat damage from the sun and tobacco use. Additionally, application for one month was shown to drastically reduce dry skin.
2. Relieve Joint Pain
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in between the joints. The role of this substance is to keep the space between the joints lubricated so that the bones don't rub against each other. Friction from the rubbing can lead to pain and is a common reason that people suffering from osteoarthritis will supplement with HA.
3. Heal Wounds
Your skin naturally produces HA when you have a wound that needs to be repaired. HA has been shown to reduce wound size, offer antibacterial properties, and help regulate inflammation levels in the body.
4. Acid Reflux
New studies are being conducted on HA's ability to help calm acid reflux. Initial studies show that a mixture of HA and chondroitin sulfate can help heal throat damage caused by acid reflux entering the esophagus.
Application to the throat tissue and taking this mixture in supplement form can also help reduce influx symptoms.
One study even found a 60% reduction in acid reflux symptoms when taken orally.
5. Maintain Bone Strength
You're never too old to preserve your bone strength. Many studies performed on rats show that HA can help slow bone loss rates, especially at the beginning stages of bone loss. Additionally, studies show that HA may increase the cellular activity of cells that are responsible for your body making new bone tissue.
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