Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizers. What Are They, (And What Do They Do?)
Do Hyaluronic Moisturizers work?
Hyaluronic acid moisturizers have become popular over recent years. But do hyaluronic acid acid moisturizers really work, and if not can you get the benefits of hyaluronic acid to your skin some other way?
Hyaluronic acid (which can also be called Hyaluronan or HA) is an important component of your skin, where it acts as a connective tissue, and it is also found to varying degrees in other parts of the body. Along with collagen and elastin it has an important role in maintaining skin health and elasticity.
Hyaluronan helps the skin retain water, being hygroscopic, thereby obviously aiding in maintaining skin hydration. It will absorb around 1000 times it’s own weight in water. This ability to retain moisture also helps keep the collagen and elastin in your skin moist which keeps the skin looking more supple and youthful.
Studies over the last few years have shown that those people who have a naturally higher intake of hyaluronic acid in our diets seem to age, or appear to age slower, and it is theorized that it is the higher levels of hyaluronic acid that are responsible for this. It has a significant role in skin elasticity in tissue repair.
There’s even been a documentary that has called hyaluronic acid be “key to the fountain of youth” for these reasons.
For this reason hyaluronic moisturizers are becoming more popular, on the presumption that if you include hyaluronic acid in a moisturizer you will improve the levels of hyaluronan in the skin merely by applying the moisturizer. This would seem to make sense.
However the obvious is not necessarily a correct conclusion. For example there are some doubts about whether some forms of hyaluronic acid included in moisturizers will successfully penetrate the skin. HA used in moisturizers generally comes from the eyes of cattle, the combs of cock birds and even from human placentas.
Although it is not entirely clear it would seem that some HA used in moisturizers has a molecule size which is effectively too large to enter the skin, and that for this reason, although increasing the levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin is good for the skin, doing so by means of this form of hyaluronic acid moisturizer is ineffective.
There is an alternative. Rather than attempting to add the stores of HA in the skin it may well be better to prevent destruction of HA in the skin, thereby preserving what is there already.
There is an enzyme in the skin called hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase breaks down hyaluronic acid in the skin, and so therefore reduces the amount of HA in the skin. So if you’re able to reduce the capacity of hyaluronidase to break down the HA you are effectively increasing your skin’s supplies of HA.
There is a seaweed found around the coast of Japan called Phytessence Wakame. Phytessence Wakame is a large part of the Japanese diet and it is thought that this is one of the major reasons why the Japanese have such wonderful skin right into old age. Research has now shown that Phytessence Wakame helps limit the actions of hyaluronidase, thereby helping your skin maintain its existing stores of hyaluronic acid.
It is now possible to get high quality natural skin care products that contain Phytessence Wakame, and which therefore help the skin retain the skin healing properties of hyaluronic acid.
The company that makes these excellent natural skin care products does not make a hyaluronic acid moisturizer, in fact it does not make any moisturizer at all, because it includes Phytessence Wakame, along with some other excellent natural ingredients, in its entire range of skin care products, thereby eliminating the need for a dedicated moisturizer.
All skin care products from this company moisturize extremely effectively. And they give their customers a money back guarantee. That’s putting your money where your mouth is.
It is entirely possible to buy hyaluronic acid moisturizers. More doubtful is whether or not they are effective at delivering the hyaluronic acid into the dermis of the skin. There is no doubt that increasing the stores of HA in the skin is of great benefit to skin health, but it’s a matter of how to do that.
Using natural skin care products containing Phytessence Wakame eliminates the problem found with a hyaluronidase moisturizer that may fail to deliver the HA into the skin.