Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of those things that make me go “hmmm?”. Just saying it sounds like I’m saying something that is harsh and bad for you, though it is quite the opposite. It is not something I had ever heard of until I started taking my courses and it is something I am only just getting into using.
So what is it? Hyaluronic acid is a water holding molecule that occurs naturally in mammals. This molecule can bind up to 1000 times it weight in water in a cell. There is approximately 15 grams of it occurring naturally in our bodies and about 5 grams of that is used up and reproduced each day. While HA is found throughout our entire body, about half of our HA is found in the collagen in the skin.
And what does it do? Depending on the area where you difind it, the function seems to differ. For the skin it helps with the production of collagen and can help hydrate. It acts as a cushioning agent and lubricant for joint and nerve tissue. And it helps maintain the liquid in our eyes.
Like many functions in the body, as we age it becomes harder for the body to produce HA. However, the body continues to use up HA on a daily basis. There are several studies out there that document great success in using HA both as injections (for joints) or topically (for skin). I’m looking forward to trying it out in a few more products!