If you’re a beginner in skincare or an expert in the field you’ve probably heard of Hyaluronic-acid (HA). Not only is it used widely in topical skincare products, but it’s also a popular choice in the aesthetic world, with hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers being commonly used for injectable tweakments. What’s so amazing about this one particular ingredient I hear you ask? Take a seat and I’ll explain everything you need to know.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule within the human body. The various roles it plays in the daily functioning of the human body are vast, ranging from joint lubrication, wound healing and eye protection. It’s a hydrophilic sugar molecule which means it attracts water, but it doesn’t stop there, a single molecule can in fact hold x1000 of its own weight in water! It’s with this immense quality that it’s able to provide all that moisturising, plumpy goodness around the body and face.
With its water retaining ability, its popularity in topical skincare comes as no surprise. Topical application (the right way) can help you achieve a hydrated, plump complexion, as well as a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
Nowadays, HA is often an incorporated ingredient in many serums and creams. It’s safe to use daily and it often works well with other products within a skincare routine. Beware of the pitfalls, however, it’s important to have some understanding on how to apply this particular ingredient to make sure your skin is reaping all the benefits. If you apply HA to dry skin and then proceed to sit in a dry room in colder climates, the HA will pull water OUT of your skin leaving it dryer than before. So, if like us, you don’t have the luxury of living in a hot climate, the trick is to apply HA to dampened skin and then lock it in with a moisturiser or face oil straight after.
As we age, the amount of naturally occurring HA within the body diminishes overtime. This often becomes apparent through volume loss and moisture reduction, leading to wrinkle formation and sagging of the skin. Hyaluronic acid based dermal filler is often the number one choice to restore these signs of ageing in areas such as the lips, cheeks, jaw and chin. The injected molecule mimics the body’s own HA, which means water is drawn into the injected areas replenishing moisture and lost volume. A fuller, more youthful look can be achieved as a result.
HA based dermal fillers are also a popular choice for their cosmetic ability. Shape alteration to parts of the face can be achieved if injecting for cosmetics purposes, with HA based filler often being hailed for providing the most natural results. Some common examples include Juvéderm, Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Volbella, Restylane, and Restylane Silk. These are all Hyaluronic-acid based fillers that vary in thickness, and this is the factor that determines the final look once injected into areas such as the lips. The team at Fvce always advocate booking in for a consultation with a medically trained aesthetic practitioner if considering any type of injectable treatment.
Overall, hyaluronic acid is a popular molecule with good reason. Whether skincare is your thing or you’re impartial to an injectable treatment, we highly recommend you get involved, your fvce will love it!