It is always summer in Singapore, with strong ultraviolet rays every day. The blazing sun and blue skies are very attractive, but we are also concerned about the damage to our skin. Not only UV rays, but dryness from air conditioners and daily stress will also put strain on the skin. Some people may worry about the changes in their skin as they age, even though they are taking extra care of their skin.
In such times, the recent buzz around town is Hyaluronic acid. It is gaining attention as the agent that maintains skin moisture and may induce anti-aging results, but it seems that there is a trick to how you consume it.
Reasons why Hyaluronic acid is gaining attention
In 1934, Hyaluronic acid was discovered from a cow’s eye by Dr. Karl Meyer of Columbia University. We know that it also exists in human eyes, skin, joints, etc., and that it plays an important role in our bodies.
The main functions of Hyaluronic acid are its ability to retain moisture and its resiliency. It exists in our body fluids as a slimy element, and it is said that just one gram of Hyaluronic acid can retain six liters of moisture. Hyaluronic acid is part of the keratin layer of the skin called the dermis as well as the part of the skin below the epidermis, and the more Hyaluronic acid there are, the more moisture and resiliency in your skin. It also exists in joint fluids and articular cartilages, as well as in the vitreous body of the eyes, working like a cushion while retaining moisture so that the body can move smoothly or maintain its shape. Anti-aging results are also expected, such as preventing osteoporosis by helping the absorption of calcium, transporting necessary body nutrients, and stimulating cells and boosting metabolism.
However, Hyaluronic acid generated in the body decreases with age, and by the age of 60, it is one-fourth the amount of a twenty-year-old person. When this occurs, the firmness and moisture of the body and skin is lost, and perhaps causes more wrinkles, sagging or dullness in the skin, as well as joint pains from worn down cartilages. In other words, it is vital to supplement Hyaluronic acid in order to regain the body’s ability to retain moisture and to stay young. How then, can Hyaluronic acid be consumed?
How to consume Hyaluronic acid
Some examples of food that includes Hyaluronic acid are animal bones, cartilages, fish eyes, shark fin, chicken combs, etc. It is said that the French and Chinese royalty/aristocrats used to eat chicken comb dishes to maintain their beauty. However, it is said that smaller molecules of Hyaluronic acid are easier to take into the body, and that it is difficult to consume enough Hyaluronic acid from our daily meals that have macromolecular Hyaluronic acids.
This is why Hyaluronan supplements are popular. In particular, natural Hyaluronic acids are known to be good for the body, many of which are extracted from chicken combs. Supplements come in various types, and we know that high-purity ones or those consumed alone, or macromolecular ones are not easily absorbed into the body. It is believed that taking collagens that serve as nets to retain the moisture, or chondroitins of the same mucopolysaccharide, or dermatan, together with low molecular Hyaluronic acid is effective.
In hospitals, it is possible to directly inject Hyaluronic acid to your face to remove wrinkles or to joints with reduced cartilage to alleviate the pain, but these treatments are expensive and involve some pain, so many feel that they are difficult to continue.
Applying to the skin, not effective!?
We sometimes hear of basic skin care that includes Hyaluronic acid, but studies have shown that simply applying it to the skin will not let it penetrate into the dermis. The reason for this is thought to be that, macromolecular Hyaluronic acids do not penetrate from outside of the skin, as described before. This does not mean, however, that it is useless to use skin lotion, etc., that includes Hyaluronans. It can maintain a certain level of high moisture and protect weakened skin due to dryness, etc. Hyaluronans also make the lotions nicer to the touch.
The best thing to do for the body is to try to maintain a daily diet that includes many Hyaluronic acids, protect the skin with basic skin care that includes Hyaluronic acids, and keep a regular schedule and live healthy. The key to youth may be, to support the generation of Hyaluronic acids in the body while retaining the moisture on the skin’s surface, and to try to maintain as much fullness and moisture in the body.
Hyaluronan skin lotion made at home!?
We saw that it is difficult to allow Hyaluronic acids to penetrate into the dermis simply by applying it to the skin. However, applying it to the skin’s surface will protect the skin from dryness, retain moisture, and improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture. That being said, here is a simple way to make Hyaluronan skin lotion at home.
All you need to do is to add a liquid concentrate of Hyaluronic acid bought in stores (approximately 15 ml) to the skin lotion that you have at home with no Hyaluronic acid included (approximately 150 ml). This is a very easy way to prepare Hyaluronan skin lotion. You can apply it generously as part of your daily skin care.
This is not only for those who are concerned about recent dryness in the skin or wrinkles/sagging, but also for anyone to use daily to prevent aging. It is highly recommended.