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Whats All The Rage About Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is now widely available in supplements, skin creams and even injectables. But, is it the magical ingredient that appears to be on every skin manufacturers list and on every practitioner’s list of must have supplements?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like water holding molecule that is the space filler and cushioning agent in all mammals.  HA cushions joints, nerves, hydrates skin and hair, and fills the eye.  Although originally discovered in 1934 by Karl Meyer, HA gained momentum only after a visit by a reporter to a Japanese village of Yuzuri Hara to find out why both men and women in their 80’s and 90’s had smooth wrinkle free skin, flexible joints, full heads of hair and activity levels that defied their age.  This was eventually found to be related to oestrogen-like molecules in their diet from soya and tofu, which sent signals to the cells to make more hyaluronic acid.

Our bodies roughly contain 15 grams of HA and it is found in virtually every part of the body.  With such a widespread occurrence, it is logical that HA also has multiple functions.   Scientific studies have shown that HA improves skin hydration, stimulates production of collagen in skin, works as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, maintains skin elasticity, cushions joints and nerve tissues, has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity and maintains the fluid in the eye tissues, which may help to protect against numerous possible eye concerns.

The average human body contains roughly 15 grams of HA, one third of which is degraded and synthesized on a daily basis. This is where the problems arise! The manufacture of every single protective agent in the body declines with age and HA is no exception to this rule.  Decreasing levels of hyaluronic acid are known to accompany the ageing process and it is estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the synthesis of HA is roughly half that required by the body.

 

 


Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Skin:  Almost half of the body’s HA is located in the collagen of skin and it is logical that HA plays a vital role here.  Hyaluronic acid helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer.  In fact, no other biological substance can retain as much water as HA resulting in increased smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles.  Equally important is its ability to remove waste matter from cells including those where there is little blood circulation.

Today, hyaluronic acid is considered equally important, if not more important, than Collagen. The most common application for hyaluronic acid is in anti-aging therapy, particularly with cosmetic procedures such as the elimination of skin imperfections and wrinkles.

 

The cosmetic grade of Hyaluronic Acid Viva Health uses is derived from wild yams and is only to be used topically and not ingested or injected.  The purest form of using the Hyaluronic Acid is when it's not mixed when anything else but the Hyaluronic Acid itself.  However, just having the purest form of Hyaluronic Acid, it would be too sticky to put on the face or anywhere on the body for that matter.  That's where our Hyaluronic Acid Eye & Face Serum comes in. For pure hydration, we don't have any additives to the product other than the natural citrus defense preservative, essential oils for a bit of smell and grapefruit seed extract for added shelf life.  



Article written by Victoria Wong

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