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Video: All About The Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid
"Hyaluronic acid" is a very popular phrase that we regularly hear in cosmetics advertisements or from our beautician. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin, smoothes wrinkles, and also plays an important role in the health of all tissues in the body. We tell you what hyaluronic acid is in general, what functions it performs and why we all need it so much.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Contrary to its name, hyaluronic acid is not acid at all. In the simplest sense, hyaluronic acid is sugar, but if the molecular weight of table sugar is about 340 daltons, then hyaluronic acid is from 600 thousand to several million. Due to its structure and high molecular weight, its molecules are able to hold an amount of water many times higher than their own. That is why hyaluronic acid in our body performs a very important function of retaining water in tissues, and also acts as a lubricant for joints.
What is its use?
The magic of hyaluronic acid, thanks to which it became famous all over the world, lies in its ability to attract and retain water in a way that no other substance does. Its molecule is a compound of glucuronic acid and N-acetylglucosamine. It contains a large amount of oxygen and hydroxyl groups, which allows it to form strong hydrogen bonds with water. Simply put, each hyaluronic acid molecule is a tiny sponge that retains water, making it a unique moisturizer for skin and tissues.
However, the benefits of hyaluronic acid are not limited to hydration alone. As we age, our body produces less and less hyaluronic acid - this fact at one time served as a reason for its study as an anti-aging component. Indeed, German dermatologists have noticed a significant reduction in wrinkles and an increase in skin elasticity, both when using hyaluronic acid gel on the skin surface and when ingested.
Where to looking for?
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, but in a small amount, which only decreases with age. Moreover, recent studies have shown that the level of its production is declining already in adolescence, which means that it is worth starting to fill its lack as early as possible.
First, look for care products that contain hyaluronic acid or hyaluronic acid salts. These salts are obtained by removing lipids, proteins and nucleic acids from the hyaluronic acid molecule, while maintaining its water-holding capacity. As a result, the size of the molecule is significantly reduced, which allows the substance to penetrate the skin more easily than regular hyaluronic acid and moisturize it at a deep level. Moreover, numerous studies of the ability of hyaluronic acid salts to penetrate into the skin have proved that they are able not only to penetrate into the deep layers of the skin and moisturize it, but also act as a conductor for other substances.
Secondly, hyaluronic acid can be taken in the form of dietary supplements. When taken orally, the substance is not only better absorbed, but also significantly expands the range of its action. Once in the blood, hyaluronic acid molecules are carried throughout the body, strengthening not only epithelial (skin), but also connective and nerve tissues. Choose dietary supplements where hyaluronic acid goes in tandem with collagen: these substances significantly enhance each other's action and give the skin a double charge of youth and beauty.
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