Do Hyaluronic Acid Creams Work for Sagging Skin?
Have you heard about the new skin care ingredient called hyaluronic acid? It is mostly common in anti-aging creams available in the market today. Aside from using it as filler, it has become a common component in most of skin care and beauty products as hyaluronic acid is a substance in the body known to moisturize skin, and combat aging.
But do hyaluronic acid creams work for sagging skin? If you haven’t heard and used it yet or using now but not that familiar about its functions, then you’re in luck as we are just about to uncover the truth about this new anti-aging ingredient.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
A naturally-occurring polysaccharide in connective tissues, hyaluronic acid can be found inside our body, 50% of which dwells in our skin.
One of its main functions is being a vital part in the framework of our skin cells, and helps significantly in cell proliferation and migration. At the same time, it is also essential in retaining moisture because of its ability to hold up to 1000 times of its weight in water. This is way more than any other substance, perhaps even combinations of it.
Hence, decrease in number can lead to several signs of aging, which are wrinkles, dryness, fine lines and sagging of the skin.
On an average, we have about 15 grams of it in our body, one third of which is lost but being replaced each day. But just like cells in our body, natural production of this hyaluronic acid also declines as we age.
How Does It Work?
Hyaluronic acid works as a sponge inside our body that holds significant amount of water, which effectively plumps the skin, thereby making wrinkles, and fine lines less visible. It also helps enhance its hydration and texture and is essential to keep our skin from being prone to damages.
Furthermore, with the unique properties of this jelly-like substance, it is also useful in other functions such as:
- Boost skin elasticity
- Increase collagen synthesis
- Contributes to healthy skin cell growth
- Gives you firm skin tone and also
- Supports healthier joints.
How do you Apply Hyaluronic Acid to the Skin?
Because of the rapid decrease of hyaluronic acid through time, it is essential to still make sure our body has continuous supply of it as it is our skin’s most important component in keeping it hydrated and retaining its moisture. Constant exposure to free radicals such as UV rays and other environmental pollutants are also factors that destroy the hyaluronic acid in our body.
Modern medicine has used hyaluronic acid to inject to the dermis of the skin as filler and plump to add volume to our sagging cheeks, a procedure that is commonly used now to fight aging.
It is also used topically, as it has become one of the vital ingredients in most facial creams and serums. There is benefit in applying it in the outside part of the skin because its water-retention properties act as moisturizer keeping it hydrated and elastic and making it less vulnerable to skin damages.
But How Effective is the Use of the Hyaluronic Acid Cream in Fighting Wrinkles and Sagging?
Knowing the benefits of the hyaluronic acid (HA) in our body, the easiest and most convenient way of replenishing it to the skin is through applying it topically. Thus it is no wonder why many creams are now available in the market having HA as the main ingredient, as it is believed to combat anti- aging. But is it indeed?
While it has proven to be effective when inserted to the skin through injectable, the same cannot be completely said when applying it on the skin’s surface through the hyaluronic acid creams and serums.
Though it can, remarkably hydrate and smoothen wrinkles and fine lines to make it less visible, its effects, however, just ends there. So if you are expecting that putting these creams to your face can plump the skin from sagging and replenish the lost HA, then you will be disappointed.
This is because, as dermatologists explain, the hyaluronic molecule is just too big to pass it through the skin when applied topically. Dr, Nowell Solish, a cosmetic dermatologist, dermatological surgeon and director of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Toronto further states in an article published in LA Times that it is a misconception that when applied topically, it all goes to the skin. It creates a barrier in your skin that provides the soft moisturizing effect, making it smooth but does not remove the wrinkles.
Dr Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution also sheds some light about the use of this moisturizer saying that when used in a very dry climate and this water-binding ingredient can’t get the moisture from outside environment, it may actually start to draw from the moisture in the deeper layers of your skin.
And it works better in some skin types, in case you are wondering why it has different effect on your friend’s skin.
Therefore, if you are finding treatment to eliminate wrinkles and your sagging skin, topical use of hyaluronic acid may not be the best idea as it can only moisturize and hydrate your skin. It can make it smooth and makes wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable, hence many users finds it still great to use. In fact, there are a lot of effective products in the market that has the hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient.
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