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Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

Chemical formula of Hyaluronic Acid

Vine Vera likes to delve into the unknown, and that’s why today we are spotlighting an ingredient many of you have yet to hear about: Hyaluronic Acid. Vine Vera uncovers what exactly this ingredient is, what it is used for, and why you should know about it in this informative article.

What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance found within the body, and is mainly found within the fluids contained within the eyes and the joints throughout the human body. Its purpose in this respect is to promote proper eye function and keep eyes healthy. When it comes to the joints, it promotes flexibility and health of joints. When the body for some reason stops making or runs low on this substance, things such as cataracts or osteoarthritis may form. In essence, hyaluronic acid may act as a lubricant in various parts of the body, and may also increase the body’s ability to heal itself during injury or illness.

Hyaluronic Acid in Beauty and Skin Products and Procedures
There are many topical forms of Hyaluronic Acid available for purchase on the market. One of these is in the form of moisturizers or creams. Other forms of the product can be found in gels and liquids to use for topical application to heal burns, cuts, and other skin maladies.

In beauty procedures, Hyaluronic Acid is used to inject into the lips, or apply topically to various parts on the body to decrease the signs of aging and plump certain areas up – somewhat like Botox injections. It is also used in various plastic surgery procedures as a filler.

How Does Hyaluronic Acid Aid in Anti-Aging Procedures?
The most common form of hyaluronic acid in anti-aging regimens is in skin care products. Hyaluronic acid can hold upto 1000 times its weight in water and this makes it an excellent skin moisturizing ingredient. Moreover, since a reduced amount of hyaluronic acid in the body is responsible for your lines and wrinkles in the first place, adding hyaluronic acid into your topical skin care products always makes sense. Finally, since the ingredient is “smart”, it manages to adjust its moisture absorption rate according to the climate and the humidity in the atmosphere.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe for Skin and Beauty Use?
As with everything, there are always potential side effects that won’t generally affect every person using the products themselves. Hyaluronic acid is deemed likely safe through means of various studies which have been done on various women worldwide. Some of the known risks and side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction at the application site or potentially all over the body
  • Irritation at the application  site
  • Skin rash due to topical use

Not enough research has been done to conclude whether or not it is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Always use your best judgement and consult with your doctor before use. As science continues to reveal numerous breakthroughs in products and treatments, many new pieces of information will likely be unveiled as to how this substance can potentially help the human body in various ways. As with anything, always consult your doctor’s advice before beginning any new product or treatment, and use your best judgment before use.

Vine Vera hopes this article has provided you with valuable information on yet another interesting ingredient, and has helped you to become educated and aware of the uses and potential risks involved.

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