Discovered in the vitreous humour of bull’s eyes by biochemists Karl Meyer and John Palmer in 1934, the moisturising and healing properties of hyaluronic acid were only studied in the 1980s. Due to its glassy and clear aspect, the term hyaluronic is derived from the Greek “hyalos” meaning “glass”.
Hyaluronic Acid plays an important role in the epidermis, it is naturally produced in our bodies and can be found in many of our body’s tissues and fluids. It regulates the skin’s hydration, ensuring firmness and elasticity.
It is well known for its benefits, especially for alleviating dry skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its lubricating action also prevents bone surfaces from rubbing against each other and is therefore particularly effective in treating osteoarthritis of the knee. 12 g per 60 kg is the average amount of hyaluronic acid in an adult’s body.
Hyaluronic acid maintains the structure of the skin’s layers by retaining water. By filling the intercellular spaces, it is responsible for the plumpness of the skin. However, it is estimated that by the age of 50, our body has only 50% hyaluronic acid left. Skin ageing, whether linked to genetic factors or to our environment, significantly speeds up the reduction of our hyaluronic acid capital. Tissues gradually become looser, the face becomes hollower, the skin dries out and the first wrinkles appear.
This is the result of two biological processes: intrinsic and extrinsic. In the first case skin ageing is determined by each individual genetic clock, it not only affects the skin but all internal organs as well. While Extrinsic is the result of external factors such as pollution, ultraviolet irradiation and repetitive facial expressions.
Hyaluronic acid, whatever its form, addresses three issues: dehydration, the development of wrinkles and fine lines and the loss of volume. Since the late 1990s, the volumizing properties of this molecule have been exploited in the field of aesthetic fillers.
A distinction is usually made between two types of hyaluronic acid:
When locally injected into wrinkles by aesthetic physicians, the results are immediate. Hyaluronic Acid can be used as a “volumizer” to plump and lift cheeks, chin, jawlines and temples as well as on lips and hands. Less allergenic than collagen, synthetic hyaluronic acid restores the skin while preserving facial expressions. Nevertheless, to obtain lasting results, injections should be renewed every 3 to 18 months.
Although the effects of hyaluronic acid injections are temporary, applying the dermocosmetic skincare range by Laboratoires Vivacy can prolong them. By stimulating the natural process of cell regeneration, the Vivasôme® complex in the Cell Shot® serum deeply moisturises the skin and reduces the signs of ageing. Acting as a humectant, hyaluronic acid absorbs water and keeps the skin hydrated.
Hyaluronic acid orally administered:
Hyaluronic acid pills to deeply moisturise the skin and tighten the dermis supplement and strengthen the effects of an anti-ageing routine. Unlike hyaluronic acid injections and skincare products, pills have a more global effect.
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