Hyaluronic acid in ingestibles – why does it work so well?
Written by Shonagh Walker
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a huge buzz ingredient in beauty these days. It’s one of the most effective hydrating elements known to science. It is a sugar that occurs naturally within our bodies, and it's able to hold 1000 times its own weight in water.
HA helps to retain moisture in our skin cells, joints and tissues. Unfortunately, our naturally occurring hyaluronic acid depletes with age. This is when we begin to see fine lines, crepey skin, wrinkles and furrows. We may turn to topical hyaluronic acid, dermal injections, or indeed, Ingestible hyaluronic acid, which works internally to create glowing skin on the outside.
What Is hyaluronic acid made from?
The hyaluronic acid in our body is made up of naturally occurring sugars. However, it depletes with age and unlike other substances, it is not naturally replaced. So, we must rely on topical application, dermal fillers or indeed, ingestibles. In the past, hyaluronic acid has been made from rooster combs. However today, it is more likely to be made using perfectly safe plant-based bacteria in a sterile laboratory set-up.
How hyaluronic acid works
Hyaluronic acid is well known for its ability to replenish moisture in the skin. The powerful water binding ability of HA in the dermis results in softer, smoother, and radiant skin. The hydration of the skin also improves the appearance of deep fine lines and already developed wrinkles which generally appear with age.
Where can I find hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a common component in many injectable facial fillers, making up at least 99 percent of their composition. It's the reason they are so effective at instantly filling lines and wrinkles, as well as encouraging younger skin for longer. Hyaluronic acid is also a key ingredient in many topical skincare formulas. However, the latest and most exciting beauty category to embrace this powerful hydrator, is ingestibles.
Why are ingestible forms of hyaluronic acid so effective?
Ingestible hyaluronic acid works so well because in a nutshell, we all know beauty comes from within.
"Topical hyaluronic acid used in your daily serums and moisturising, while great, can only offer hydration to the topmost layer of the skin," says founder of the company Vida Glow and its ingestible hyaluronic serum, Hyaluronic Complex, Anna Lahey. "Ingestible hyaluronic acid has a far more systemic effect. It’s transferred by the blood and lymphatic system, meaning it has a much greater impact on the body. Ingesting hyaluronic acid actually stimulates fibroblasts to produce more naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the body, resulting in a soft, more hydrated complexion."
What else does ingestible hyaluronic acid serum contain?
Vida Glow's Hyaluronic Complex contains 100 mg of low-weight hyaluronic acid. It helps replenish to hydrate skin, enhance moisture levels and fight water loss. It also contains a powerful herb called gotu kola, which helps enhance moisture retention. Antioxidant CoQ10 helps protect against free radical damage, while six other skin-enhancing actives work synergistically to soften and hydrate dry skin and calm discomfort. These include niacin, biotin, Vitamin C, zinc, acai extract and lycopene.
How do I take Vida Glow’s Hyaluronic Complex?
Sip straight from the ampoule. You can safely have two a day. With regular use, expect better hydrated skin, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and firmer more supple and elastic complexion.
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