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Hyaluronic Acid: The new magical skincare ingredient – Times of India

Posted: January 20, 2021 at 7:51 pm

The process of skin ageing and how to slow it down has been the focus of dermatological research for decades. Be it retinol, vitamin c, peptides, vitamin B3 or alpha hydroxyl acids, skincare products and treatments have over the years embraced a series of prominent ingredients considered crucial to slowing down the aging process. Hyaluronic acid is the latest skincare elixir to have caught the imagination of the skincare industry as well as consumers at large. From night creams to anti-ageing serums, hyaluronic acid is everywhere today. It is also a key substance used in highly popular dermal fillers that work to plump up the skin and fill up its lost volume. We got in touch with Dr. Kiran Sethi Lohia - Integrative Aesthetic and Wellness Doctor to explain the benefits of hyaluronic acid.So, what exactly is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?A naturally found saccharide or sugar, Hyaluronic acid (HA) has in recent years gained much attention for its ability to strengthen different skin functions and support the extracellular matrix structures that hold the skin firm. The skins resilience, its firmness and tightness as well as its volume all depend on the strength of the skins extracellular matrix. Two crucial elements of this structure are collagen and elastin the scaffolding proteins that hold the skin firm and tight. HA plays a vital role in enabling the health and abundance of collagen and elastin.

HA is also a hydrophilic substance implying it has the ability to attract and retain moisture. In fact, one single molecule of HA can hold moisture multiple times its weight. Due to this quality, HA also plays a vital role in hydration of the skin. Hydration or moisturisation as we know is another elemental quality of youthful skin. Ageing skin is also characterised by dryness and dullness that comes from loss of hydration. While HA is naturally found in the skins layers, as we age the skin experiences a depletion in its precious reserves of this sugar. Replenishing the skins lost HA reserves is therefore the central focus of multiple skincare products and treatments.

So, which hyaluronic acid based product do you need?There is no dearth of HA-based skincare products and treatments in the market. As mentioned above a series of moisturizing creams and anti-ageing products today incorporate some form of HA. Similarly, dermal fillers use HA as a filling agent to achieve multiple purposes from feature enhancement to replenishing the skins lost volume. Different HA based products achieve different results. So, the product you need depends on your requirement from it.

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