There are many benefits of hyaluronic acid. It is a natural compound found in skin that has many important functions, including retaining moisture, providing support, aiding in tissue repair and holding together the skin’s structural components; collagen and elastin. Here are the three key benefits of this important substance.
One of the main reasons that this substance has little, or no side effects, is because hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally produced by the body. Studies have shown that it has no antigenic properties. Hyaluronic acid fillers have also been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA are responsible for protecting public health by assuring that drugs, vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use, are safe and effective. They also ensure cosmetics and dietary supplements are safe and properly labelled. This means that any substance that has been FDA approved has undergone rigorous and thorough safety protocols.
As we age and our skin is exposed to environmental pollutants and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, our cells gradually lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. Studies have shown that older skin typically has lower levels of hyaluronic acid than younger skin. As we age, our skin tissue becomes dehydrated and the collagen and elastin fibres lose their structure, resulting in a loss of skin volume and the formation of the facial wrinkles and folds that are common characteristics of aged skin.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are generally used to treat facial wrinkles and folds and to enhance the appearance of the lips. One of the fastest growing dermal filler treatments available, hyaluronic acid fillers work by replacing the acid that has depleted over time. This restores the volume beneath the skin’s surface.
Hyaluronic acid was made ‘famous’ by an ABC News report in which Connie Chung visited Japanese village, Yuzurihara. She found that the people there were living longer, looked younger, and were more flexible and active than their western counterparts. These Japanese villagers, in their 80’s and 90’s, have smooth wrinkle-less skin, a full head of hair and apparently no need for glasses. There have also never been any reported cases of common cancers such as skin cancer.
So what is it that allows these Japanese people to be so much more youthful, lead active and productive lives at their advanced age? The conclusion drawn in the ABC report was that the starchy, root vegetable-rich diet of the villagers, which contains high levels of hyaluronic acid, was the reason for their prolonged life. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, lotus root and ginger are all said to contribute to health and vitality.