Hyaluronic acid: you certainly have heard about it in the context of beauty, skin and probably also joints and cartilage. But what is hyaluronic acid really?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance, produced by our body. From a chemical standpoint, it´s a chain of sugar molecules. Hyaluronic acid´s most important feature is that it can bind large quantities of water. Just one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to bind 6 litres of water! It therefore serves as a potent buffer of moisture. 50% of hyaluronic acid is found in our skin. The body´s hyaluronic acid thus provides a valuable depot of moisture and volume within our skin. It reinforces a trong and elastic connective tissue and is even able to neutralize free radicals.
With increasing age unfortunately the amount of hyluronic acid in our skin decreases. The process already begins in the late 20s. This is one important cause for deteriorating tension of skin and the appearance of wrinkles. Skin that is well supplied with hyaluronic acid tends to be smoother, softer, more elastic and with less wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid within the skin is a premier anti-aging substance.