What is Hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid, also known as Hyaluronan, is naturally present in the human body. It is a natural water holding molecule that is part of connective tissue, skin and hair. It is also present in other parts of the body such as the fluid around the joints and in the eyes, as well as lubricating the eyes. Each adult has around 15 grams of Hyaluronic acid in their body and it is made in response to oestrogen.
What does Hyaluronic acid do in the body?
Hyaluronic acid attaches itself to collagen and helps to provide volume to the skin by retaining water. In fact it can hold many times its weight in water. Nothing else in nature has the water carrying ability of Hyaluronic acid. It is a space filler and helps to cushion joints and nerves from impact. Hyaluronic acid is degraded and synthesised daily, and as we age, our bodies produce less, which is why we develop wrinkles on the skin and some problems with our joints.
Why do I need Hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid has recently been trending in skincare and cosmetics and anti-wrinkle cream. It may be beneficial applying it topically; however as with all nutrients, if we take them internally, our body can integrate them into our tissues as they renew.
How do I take Hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid can be applied topically to the skin, both as it is or in creams, cosmetics and cleansers. It can also be taken internally as a gel to mix with water, or capsules.