What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid has a special importance as an internal cosmetic nutrient, because the body's production decreases continuously from the age of 40. As a filler it contributes to the elasticity of the skin, and can optically correct fine lines and support
As we age, the body's own hyaluronic acid production decreases. Baby skin is smooth and very elastic, because it contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid. As early as the mid-30 drops our hyaluronic acid levels start to drop, the skin becomes drier and its ability to regenerate itself continuously decreases. The result is the first of our small wrinkles. At the age of 40 years, the body's own hyaluronic acid production falls to about 40%, with the age of 60, this level falls down to 10%.
A Component of Connective Tissue
Hyaluronic acid is found in almost every cell in the body, and occurs in a high concentration at specific locations throughout the body. Approximately half of the hyaluronic acid is found in the skin. Produced by stromal cells in the subcutaneous tissue, it is a major part of the area between the skin cells (connective tissue) and supports collagen and elastin fibers a well as structural proteins. Hyaluronic acid and collagen are vital for maintaining the structure of the skin layers. Collagen gives the skin a fibrous component to its strength and hyaluronic acid provides the necessary nutrients and moisture. Hyaluronic acid holds keeps our collagen moist and elastic.