What's the Hype About Hyaluronic Acid and How Can It Make You Look Younger?

You take good care of your skin and search for the best quality cleansers, moisturizers, and protective serums and sunscreens. But when you look in the mirror, you may see a few fine lines that weren’t there last month. You might have heard that hyaluronic acid (HA) is good for your skin, but what is it and how does it work? 

Hyaluronic acid is a natural moisturizer 

Your body already makes its own HA. It’s a polysaccharide, which is a carbohydrate composed of many sugar molecules. (You didn’t know how sweet you are.) This special acid, contained inside the connective tissue in your body, plays an important role in keeping your joints lubricated, but it also keeps your skin hydrated.  

Half of the hyaluronic acid in your system is embedded in your skin. It’s a key element in your extracellular matrix, the web of tissue where your skin cells are located. 

A major part of hyaluronic acid’s job is retaining water to keep your skin hydrated. Think of HA molecules as particles in a sponge that hold more than their weight in water. In fact, one molecule of hyaluronic acid retains an astonishing amount of water — typically 1000 times its own weight. This natural substance keeps your skin from getting dry, flaky, and wrinkled. 

Hyaluronic acid has healing properties

HA helps reduce inflammation at the site of a wound, and it also helps blood vessels bring nutrients to the area — an important factor in healing. These same abilities help keep your skin looking youthful. 

When you’re young, your body produces an abundance of hyaluronic acid that gives your skin that dewy, moist glow. As you age, you don’t produce enough of these miraculous molecules to keep your skin smooth and supple -- just one of the factors leading to fine lines and wrinkles. 

Forms of hyaluronic acid in cosmetic brands

Quality cosmetic brands are adding hyaluronic acid to moisturizers and skin regenerative serums and creams. Doctors who consult for the beauty business say that hyaluronic acid’s ability to help your skin retain moisture can reduce the severity of fine lines and wrinkles by keeping your skin cells plumped up. 

Dr. Neysan Bayat at American Beauty Medi Spa selects top-quality cosmetic brands containing hyaluronic acid and other proven ingredients to help your skin retain a youthful glow.  

Injectables

Dr. Bayat has selected Juvederm as an injectable form of hyaluronic acid. It’s a leading dermal filler that revitalizes your skin’s appearance, reducing fine lines and wrinkles without a surgical facelift. 

Topical creams, serums, and sunscreens

Dr. Bayat recommends and uses only the finest skincare products. She’s selected Jan Marini products, which have undergone clinical trials that show their effectiveness in preventing and lessening the signs of aging.  

For example, Jan Marini’s Age Intervention Retinol® Plus facial serum has been featured on the morning show, Today, and is a repeat award winner in the category of Best Anti-Aging Retinol Cream by NewBeauty Magazine. This revitalizer containing retinol, hyaluronic acid, and other antioxidant ingredients helps smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Check out the before and after photos on the Jan Marini website. 

If you’d like to see how hyaluronic acid injections or products can help you, call our office in Lake Forest, California, today to set your appointment for skin revitalization. 

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