The benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for the skin

I just love what Hyaluronic Acid does for the skin.  It makes skin simply amazing by hydrating and plumping out fine lines and wrinkles.  You hear me banging on about the importance of vitamins and anti-oxidants in the repair of skin and maintenance of healthy skin, but this time I want to really take a look at the features and benefits of Hyaluronic Acid and how exciting this molecule is for skin hydration and ageing.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is part of a group of substances called Glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) that assist in helping maintain collagen and elastin by retaining moisture.  HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and by increasing the water in the skin then the result is a reduction in lines and wrinkles.  By increasing water and keeping the dermis at its optimum volume, this cushions our cells and structures in a protective gel. As our bodies are made up of 70% water you can see how important this is for really having a beautiful skin.

HA is important both as an internal supplement and external application as it has a high turnover rate.  It only last 2 – 3 days.  The results of a HA deficient skin?

·       Bruises associated with thin skin and ageing

·       The skin becomes more fragile and drier

·       Loss of skin density and flaccidity

·       Ageing of skin

Personally, I’ve seen many skins, particularly as we age, that are completely depleted in HA.  Levels of HA typically start depleting after the age of 40 and some over the age of 60 have none.  Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ, tells us more. “We break down about a third of our hyaluronic acid every day so we can easily fall into a deficit if we expose our skin too much to the sun. UV rays destroy it, this causes a thin skin with poor keratinocyte activity.” UV isn’t the only culprit for depleting HA but there are other external aggressors such as pollution, smoking and alcohol so it’s important to safeguard levels in order to achieve plump, youthful skin.

What are the benefits of a HA enriched skin?

·       Anti-wrinkle

·       Anti-nasalabial folds

·       Anti-ageing

·       Skin rejuvenation

“This has been achieved via soft tissue augmentation, improved skin hydration, collagen and elastin stimulation, and face volume restoration” states a team of scientists who recently undertook a review of research on HA.

There are lots of products on the market containing HA.  This isn’t a new ingredient, but it is still an exciting one as it really does work.  There is stacks of scientific evidence.  However, there is a caveat here.  It works only in the right molecular structure and ideally with either home devices that can assist in the delivery of these molecules into the skin or in salon treatments.

The majority of HA in the cosmetic industry is made up of molecules that are just too large to penetrate the skin – FACT.  So, don’t waste your money on something that is just only going to sit on the skin’s surface and give it a lovely glow.  If you really want to transform your skin, you need to look at products that are going to penetrate much deeper.

At Sarah Hurst Skin Clinic we have a range of solutions, from supplements to topical skincare, homecare devices to in salon treatments all maximising your skin with HA and ensuring that you fully receive the benefits of this amazing molecule in the skin.

It's Nutrition and Hydration Week!

This week is Nutrition and Hydration week, so we thought we’d jump on this one because of its relevance to skin health.  We love to educate and the benefits of eating and drinking healthily has such a massive impact that we wanted to share it with you.

What we put on our skin on the outside is massively important as the wrong creams and lotions can wreak havoc and leave the skin feeling and looking very compromised.  However, rebalancing the skin from the inside is going to reach cells that it is impossible for topical skincare to reach. Also, our skin portrays our general health and if we are eating badly then our skin will represent that on the outside, acting like a mirror.  We have an internal Eco System.

One of our favourite supplements that we recommend for EVERYONE is Skin Youth Biome from the Advanced Nutrition Programme.  This supplement has a unique combination of good bacteria specifically developed to target skin.  It has full scientific studies into the strains of bacteria and has formulated from 5 billion active cultures.  WOW!  So, what will this do for our skin?  Independent research and studies showed significant improvement in hydration, wrinkle depth and skin integrity, whilst there were also small improvements in smoothness and elasticity.

Microbiome has become hot in the skin industry of late as we are all discovering new ways of keeping young.  If our microbiome isn’t functioning properly then this can lead to several issues such as:  Immune System disorders, inflammation, fatigue, moodiness, inflammation, issues with metabolism as well as skin concerns such as problematic skin and ageing.

It all must start from within.

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Water isn’t as sexy as this supplement, but the results that it provides the skin is definitely sexy.  As well as flushing out toxins, water is essential for the skin to stay plump and youthful.  Drinking water will hydrate the skin, but one of the most important serums for this is Hyaluronic Acid.  We absolutely love Hyaluronic Acid because it is suitable for every skin type.

This isn’t a type of acid that will strip the skin.  In fact, Hyaluronic Acid is produced naturally by the skin cells and we need it to maintain moisture.  In fact, and here’s the really sexy part, Hyaluronic Acid holds a thousand times its weight in water.  Hyaluronic Acid acts like the ultimate skin drink, plumping out lines and wrinkles, even deeper ones.  It also has anti-oxidant properties so acts to protect the skin.

If you’re looking to add a Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your skincare regime, then Environ’s Hydrating Serum is just what you are looking for.  This high quality, pure Hyaluronic Acid is applied to the skin underneath your other creams.  Try it, you’ll be astonished by the results.

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