Hyaluronic acid: the key to smooth, hydrated skin and a staple in most skin care routines. You can find it in serums, moisturisers, face masks and dermal fillers. Its ability to hold an estimate of one thousand times its own weight in water molecules is what makes it the perfect ingredient for hydrating skin care products. We are all astounded by its benefits for our complexion, but what exactly is hyaluronic acid (HA) and how does it work?

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs within the human body in connective tissue, the skin and the eyes. Almost half of the amount of HA in our body can be found in our skin. It works as a magnet for moisture and stores water molecules in the dermis which makes the skin look plumper and fuller. With age, the production of hyaluronic acid slows down and can no longer catch up with the body’s natural biodegradation process. This results in facial volume loss and unwanted wrinkles. To counteract those side effects, the anti-aging industry is relying on added hyaluronic acid to fight these unwanted signs of aging.

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It can be found in the ingredients lists of many creams and serums as HA, hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate, a salt derivative of HA with the same benefits but easier absorbable properties.

While hydrated and youthful looking skin is the ultimate beauty goal for many people, the down side to serums and moisturisers are their brevity and the size of hyaluronic acid molecules. HA put on top of the skin will form a temporary barrier against free radicals like UV rays, tobacco smoke and pollution and act as a magnet to attract moisture from the surrounding environment like the air. These products supply the top layers of the skin with moisture and a temporary filling effect for superficial lines, but in order to penetrate the skin further and reach the deeper dermis for a long term volumising and hydrating effect, the HA molecules are too big. Hence the brief effect with superficial skin care products.

To benefit from hyaluronic acid long term, it should be injected right into the desired layer of the skin. This is where dermal fillers like REVOLAX come in to play. By being injected into the deeper dermis, REVOLAX offers a volumising and rejuvenating effect to the skin which can last up to 18 months before it is naturally degraded. Due to the natural occurrence of HA in the body, and REVOLAX’s advanced cross-linked technology, the product can integrate itself into the tissue and bring all the benefits of hyaluronic acid into the skin for a long period of time.

The bottom line is that hyaluronic acid is the new holy grail for the anti-aging industry. It works on all skin types, does not cause break outs on acne prone skin and is unlikely to cause any allergies due to its natural occurrence in the body. For a superficial and temporary effect, the regular use of moisturisers and serums will help maintain the skin hydration levels and cause a smooth and plump feeling. For enhanced longevity dermal fillers like REVOLAX can offer concentrated hyaluronic acid to fill lines, volumise areas of the face and support the skin tissue with desired hydration.