Eight Facts About Hyaluronic Acid

Eight Facts about Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid might seem too good to be true. It moisturizes and plumps the skin. When applied or injected, it accelerates the body’s healing process. And, it’s lauded as the perfect anti-aging agent. But there’s a lot more to learn about this simple molecule and how it works. Here are eight things you should know.

It occurs naturally in the body: It’s the ground substance that makes up connective, epithelial and neural tissue in the body. Half of all your hyaluronic acid resides in the skin.

It retains moisture: Hyaluronic acid functions by binding to water to help keep moisture in the skin, joints, cartilage, and other tissues. It has the ability to hold nearly 1,000 times its weight in water.

It is featured in many beauty products: It helps keep moisture in the skin, preventing wrinkles, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and maintaining a fuller, plumper look.

It is available in supplement form: Ingesting it in oral form can help lubricate joints and keep fascia pliable and flexible.

It helps heals wounds: It manages inflammation and stimulates blood vessel growth. It’s often applied directly to the skin or injected at the injury site.

It is not a typical acid: It’s actually a sugar, but not like the white table sugar. It’s a disaccharide, which refers to the molecular structure. The acid moniker comes from its slightly lower pH.

It has a long history: Hyaluronic acid was first used for medical purposes in 1934 and was extracted from a cow’s eye.

Its name means something: The substance was named after the Greek word hyalos, meaning glass-like, because of its clear, gooey appearance.

The Spa at the Bellevue Club offers multiple services and products that feature hyaluronic acid. Click here for a menu of treatments. Also, look out for upcoming August specials that highlight the benefits.

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