In the words of Webmd.com, “Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. The hyaluronic acid that is used as medicine is extracted from rooster combs or made by bacteria in the laboratory. People take hyaluronic acid for various joint disorders, including osteoarthritis. It can be taken by mouth or injected into the affected joint by a healthcare professional. The FDA has approved the use of hyaluronic acid during certain eye surgeries including cataract removal, corneal transplantation, and repair of a detached retina and other eye injuries. It is injected into the eye during the procedure to help replace natural fluids. Hyaluronic acid is also used as a lip filler in plastic surgery. Some people apply hyaluronic acid to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer.”
Though hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our bodies, this declines very much as we age- resulting in achy joints and dry, wrinkled skin. The more we expose ourselves to the sun (hello SPF!), our internal source depletes even further.
Hyaluronic acid binds with water to retain moisture in the body and encourage collagen production- a.k.a. hella soft skin. It also works to repair the skin deeper than just the surface- a plus for those who suffer from acne. As the ‘ingredient de jour’ of skin care, this vital component of skin and body health has made waves across the media outlets. (Like here, here, and here.) It’s even used in fertility treatments that have shown when your lover’s sperm gets hip to the hyaluronic acid in your vagina- he’s a lot more likely to put a bun in your oven!
So now that we sorta know what it is, how do we get it? Like RIGHT NOW. With any beauty routine, this is a dual step process of oral supplements to work from the inside out (just like you would pop some fish oil capsules) and topical conditioning treatments to keep the surface in check.
Root vegetables like potatoes, leafy greens like spinach (raw as the cooking process destroys the HA), and many Asian-variety root veggies are fantastic sources of hyaluronic acid. You can also buy supplements in pill and liquid form to take daily if you find it difficult to work these foods into your diet… or just fucking hate vegetables.
There are literally thousands of types of creams and cosmetics that contain hyaluronic acid, but the higher it is on the ingredients list- the more there is in the product. Look for a products where HA is listed within the first five ingredients.
Serums like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster, creams like Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cream, Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer (and the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum), and eye creams like Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream, are all big winners for a boost of hyaluronic acid.
Be sure to drink lots of water, this is the finishing touch to really get the most out of the HA.
Look, the proof is the in pudding, my lovies. Take a look at this village filled with super badass Japanese senior citizens who are thought to owe their unusually long life span and good health to the increased amount of hyaluronic acid in their diet.
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