What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is one of the most popular serum ingredients for hydration, but what is hyaluronic acid really?

03.05.2019
What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is substance that is naturally found and produced in the body. It is a humectant as it holds water to the surface of your skin. The largest amount of HA is found in your skin, eyes and joints (connective tissue) (1, 2).

What does it do?

The main purpose of Hyaluronic Acid is to keep your tissues lubricated and moist by retaining water (1).

Where can you find it in beauty products?

It is found in some lip fillers and other topical beauty products (1, 2).

It comes in the forms of injections, eye drops, serums and supplements (1, 2).

What else does it treat?

When taken orally, studies have found that it can help increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When used topically, it can soothe redness and improve the suppleness of the skin.

It is also used to treat osteoarthritis (1).

Hyaluronic acid in beauty

It is popular in skin care because of its ability to restore moisture barriers and keep skin hydrated. Since the body produces it naturally, allergic reactions to it, are slim to none (3).  

Here is what it is known to do/treat:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti- Aging
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Increase Skin Elasticity/ Plumpness
  • Wounds
  • Eczema/ Facial Redness

How is it made?

Non-vegan HA is made from rooster combs and other animal tissue. Vegan hyaluronic acid is not plant based. It is actually made from bacteria such as horse flu (1, 2, 4).

Tips

Enhance your body’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid by eating foods that aid in reproduction like drinking a bone broth or eating green leafy vegetables (4).  

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