This article continues a series of information about the ingredients of your cosmetic products to understand the special benefits and results you can expect from them. Today we will talk about hyaluronic acid, what it is, how it is applied, what its health values are.
Hyaluronic acid is a transparent substance that is naturally present in the skin and is responsible for its hydration. It is also found in other tissues and organs of the body, for example in the connective tissue of the spine, in the cartilage or in the synovial fluid of the joints.
It has the property to act like a sponge, ie to retain large amounts of water, which enables the restoration of the elastic properties of the skin and smoothing its surface.
It also forms a special barrier that maintains skin hydration and helps it look healthier.
But the amount of hyaluronic acid present in the body decreases over time. Over the years, the body synthesizes it less and less, and the sun, pollution and free radicals destroy it. As a result, the skin loses hydration and elasticity and ages.
Therefore, it is necessary to give the skin an additional amount of hyaluronic acid, and its use in aesthetics and cosmetics has become widespread:
- as a protective layer that prevents evaporation of water present on the skin surface,
- as a filler in the deepest layers of the skin and smooth wrinkles,
- and to stimulate the synthesis of already present hyaluronic acid and eliminate laxity.
Another way to provide the necessary hyaluronic acid is to take dietary supplements rich in this acid.
To be precise, we could say that its advantages are:
- It moisturizes and gives elasticity to the skin, giving it a smoother and juicier look.
- It has a filling effect and helps reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles.
- It contributes to the removal of free radicals, improves the condition of the skin and protects it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
How is hyaluronic acid used?
1. Aesthetic use.
A very common way is to apply hyaluronic acid through injections or infiltrations into the skin.
In aesthetics, this type of treatment is recommended for more mature skin in order to restore firmness and fill in wrinkles.
The application is quick and usually not painful, although it is normal to feel some discomfort during the procedure.
The results are immediate and very natural. They depend on the precision of the specialist, the quality of the product, the area in which it is applied and the metabolism of the person.
In general, the effects can last between nine months and two years. As with hyaluronic acid, which already exists in the skin, the presence of the implemented product decreases over time
In most cases, the parts of the body in which it is used are:
- Lips: volume, contour and angle.
- Buttocks: facial volume.
- Around the mouth: lips or perioral wrinkles.
- Nasogenic furrows: lines of expression on both sides of the nose towards the mouth.
- Crow’s feet: external periocular wrinkles.
- Eyebrows and forehead.
Sometimes there are some side effects, which usually disappear after 48 hours or a week, such as:
- Bruises or lumps on the places where the preparation was applied.
- Pain, discomfort or tenderness.
- Irritation, hardness and redness of the skin.
It is very important that you always surrender into the hands of authentic professionals and in authorized centers, to apply this type of treatment.
Treatment with hyaluronic acid injections is contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in cases of allergies, inflammation and infections. You can consult a doctor before performing this aesthetic treatment.
2. Medical use.
Hyaluronic acid injections are used as a joint treatment for rheumatic diseases, osteoarthritis or injuries to relieve pain and improve mobility.
It is also used in dentistry to help with the healing process, as well as to regenerate the oral mucosa and gums when surgery is needed.
Its application in rehabilitation medicine is widespread due to good results. For example, hyaluronic acid is usually recommended for knee pain because its function of smoothing and restoring synovial fluid enables the reduction of pain caused by friction between the bones.
It acts as a lubricant between the bones that make up the joints, so it is also recommended for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or simply joint pain.
Accelerates tissue regeneration thanks to hydration properties.
It promotes the production of natural collagen in the body.
It has an analgesic effect that helps relieve joint pain. Therefore, it is often used to treat arthritis.
It protects, nourishes and helps to restore the synovial fluid present in our joints, improving their lubrication. It is necessary to reduce the friction in the cartilage in the flexion and extension of the joints.
Provides elasticity and flexibility in the joints.
An international protocol proposed by renowned experts and physicians proposes infiltration of hyaluronic acid every 7 days for 4 to 5 weeks by which it is possible to restore the original properties of synovial fluid, allowing cartilage protection as well as delay and / or recovery of their function.
Water retention is interesting in cosmetics because it can do so in percentages equivalent to thousands of times more weight, which is why it is used to hydrate the dermis.
3. Cosmetic use.
Another cheaper way to use hyaluronic acid is through cosmetic products enriched with this ingredient.
There is a great variety in the market. It is usually presented in the form of a cream, serum or gel, depending on the concentration, and hyaluronic acid is mixed with other active ingredients.
These results are slower and less effective than injections because they do not penetrate deep into the skin. But it is a very good option as a beauty treatment that is added to your skin care routine, to prevent and reduce the signs of aging.
3. Dietary supplement.
Don’t forget to include foods that contain more hyaluronic acid in your diet, such as duck, chicken and turkey, salmon, sardines, tuna, jelly and Japanese potatoes.
Foods that can help you synthesize hyaluronic acid are those that include starch (like potatoes and sweet potatoes), antioxidant vitamins (A, C, and E), zinc (like pumpkin, yeast, peanuts, whole grains), and magnesium (spinach, broccoli). , Brussels sprouts, green beans)
You can also consume hyaluronic acid orally in the form of a dietary supplement to improve the condition of cartilage, joints, hydrate the skin … or to treat or prevent health problems arising from old age.
It can be found in powder or tablets. The recommended dose is 100 mg daily, twice a year and every two or three months. However, you should always read the instructions for use and the label to check the dose and the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The supplement is usually presented in the form of sodium hyularate, composed of smaller particles. Pure hyaluronic acid molecules are too large for your small intestine to absorb.
Hyaluronic acid is generally a very safe substance. Since it is naturally present in our body, it is very rare for rejection or reaction to occur during its use.
The whole product line BIO2YOU ® contains hyaluronic acid enhancers to combat skin aging.
Encapsulated hyaluronic acid and flexible elastomers work together to blur the appearance of wrinkles and give the skin a youthful appearance:
The encapsulated hyaluronic acid stays on the skin creating a smoother and more even look. It also acts as a magnet, drawing moisture from the skin to minimize the appearance of deeper wrinkles.
Flexible elastomers are microscopic fibers that provide the basis that encapsulated hyaluronic acid should provide a more intense effect. The key word is “flexible,” which means you can gesture naturally without worry.
Retinol also helps reduce deep wrinkles with further use, as it is a powerful global antioxidant that acts superficially and deeply.
Using a precision applicator, apply the cream directly to the wrinkles and gently press with your fingertips.
Wait a few minutes before applying moisturizer.
After using it during the day, be sure to apply a sunscreen product. Although broad-spectrum sun protection should be a daily and essential part of any skin care program, it is especially important when using a product that contains retinol.
This formula is designed to fit into the skin, which makes it perfect for all skin tones.
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