Myths and facts about hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid – a transparent substance that is naturally produced by our body. In the human body, the largest deposits of hyaluronic acid are found in the skin, connective tissue and eyes. Storing water in tissues is the main function of hyaluronic acid. Strong UV radiation smoking and air pollution can reduce the amount of hyaluron in the body. We tell you what you should know about hyaluronic acid!
#1 Hyaluronic acid makes the skin more elastic
Fact: To counteract the natural aging process, hyaluronic acid should be regularly added to the skin. However, this is only possible if additional amounts of hyaluronic acid are available to the body for incorporation into the skin. Regular use of creams containing hyaluron, such as PURE RICH CREAM from M1 SELECT, has been shown to increase skin hydration and reduce the amount of dry skin – especially in adults. In addition, well-moisturized skin reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which explains why the skin appears smoother after regular use of hyaluronic creams.
#2 Hyaluronic acid can accelerate wound healing
Fact: In wound healing, hyaluronic acid represents a crucial factor. If there is an injury to the skin that needs to be “repaired”, the concentration of hyaluronic acid increases. By regulating inflammation levels and signaling the body to create more blood vessels in the area, hyaluronic acid helps wounds heal faster.
#3 Hyaluronic Acid Can Cause Inflammation
Myth: This myth is based on a misunderstanding. Most hyaluronic acid is concentrated in the lower layer of the skin, less in the epidermis and even less in the stratum corneum (the skin barrier). Only in the area where a wound is located is hyaluronic acid more abundant. If you cut your skin, for example, hyaluronic acid triggers an inflammatory reaction in which immune cells repair the wound. This inflammation is a natural reaction of the body. In fact, hyaluronic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus saving the skin from prolonged inflammation.
#4 Hyaluronic acid can strengthen bones
Fact: Research has focused on the effects of hyaluronic acid on bone health. Studies have shown that hyaluronic acid supplements can slow bone loss in rats with osteopenia, a preliminary stage of osteoporosis. Furthermore, test tube studies have shown that high doses of hyaluronic acid can increase the activity of osteoblasts, the cells responsible for building bone. While the effects on human bone health have not yet been studied, laboratory studies are promising.
#5 Hyaluronic acid can be used as an exfoliant
Myth: In fact, some “acids” are used as exfoliants in cosmetics. However, this is not the case with hyaluronic acid. Although the substance is classified as an acid, it does not have such an exfoliating property as salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Hyaluronic acid is simply a molecule with many bound sugars that occurs naturally in the skin and helps bind water to collagen.
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