Hyaluronic acid is naturally present all over the human body but is more abundant in the skin, almost 50% of the bodies HA is found here! It is present in deep dermal layers of the skin and superficial epidermal layers too. Because of its hydrophilic effect (draws water) it’s referred to as the skins natural moisturiser.
As well as being produced naturally by the body, when used in medicine it can be extracted from the rooster comb or grown in a #lab from bacteria.
HA was first commercially used in 1942 when Endre Balazs applied for a patent to use it as a substitute for egg white in bakery products. Its discovery was very unique. No other molecule had ever been discovered that has such unique properties to the human body. Balazs went on to become the leading expert on HA, and made the majority of discoveries concerning hyaluronic acid benefits.
HA produced in the body has an extremely short life span of 1-3 days and continuously has to replenish itself daily to help support joints, muscles, bones and skin and hair.
Collagen and HA are vital for maintaining a healthy youthful skin, HA acts like a food for collagen (keeps skin plump) however as we mature HA diminishes in the body, this can lead to sagging and dry skin.
The great news is applying HA typically to the skin daily can smooth the appearance of wrinkles and alleviate dry skin. The ingredient is present in many different types of skin care, mainly in a serum that can be used alone or underneath a moisturiser. In some cases, HA gel can be injected into the dermal layer of the skin by a trained cosmetic nurse/doctor, plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
HA is extremely safe when topically applied to the skin and it’s very rare to have a reaction!