Hyaluronic Acid is known by many names – Hyaluron, Hyaluronan, ‘HA’ and Sodium Hyaluronate. It’s reputation for being ‘the anti-ageing miracle ingredient’ in recent years has made it a must have for beauty buff’s and skin care companies alike. It comes in many different delivery forms such as cream’s, serum’s, injectable and consumable. But what is it? And what does it do?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body which consists of water holding molecules that sit under the surface of the skin, in the joints and in the eyes, keeping them lubricated and functioning correctly. It is by definition, not really an acid, but more a watery gel like liquid that cushions joints and nerves, protects the inner workings of the eye and encourages healing after eye surgery, and is a key part of our Integumentary System – the hair, skin and nails.
HA is absolutely vital for structure and maintenance of the skin as it is this, which keeps the skin plump and encourages your body’s water content to adapt to other tissue. As well as water retention, HA encourages the stimulation of collagen in the skin and plays a key role in maintaining skin elasticity, whilst also encouraging skin tissue to heal.
There is a strong relationship between Oestrogen and Hyaluronic Acid, as when Oestrogen levels fall, so do the levels of HA found in the body. This can cause accelerated skin ageing, joint pain, dry eyes, and dry skin. Natural levels of HA can be increased by eating foods that include natural Oestrogens such as soya based products, animal products, flax and legumes. The drop in HA and also in collagen, is what causes the unwanted skin symptoms during menopause such as dry, itchy skin and accelerated wrinkle formation and thinning of the skin. Replenishing these integral skin components will ensure the skin and body stay healthy during this challenging time.
HA is often used in prescription creams for dry skin conditions such as dermatitis. The topical application of Hyaluronic Acid is effective in replenishing lost moisture, relieving dry skin and also promoting healthy collagen growth to support the skin structure. In Stratum C products, HA is included in the Protect Cream and Repair Serum – the core collagen boosting products in the range. The combination of peptides (Matrixyl, Argireline, Leuphasyl, SNAP-8 & SYN-AKE) with Hyaluronic Acid and natural anti-oxidants, work to create the ideal protection and renewal that your skin needs on a daily basis to maintain collagen, (which is one of the main proteins of the skin tissue) moisture, elasticity and vitamins which are all lost as a result of menopause and changing hormones.
Other products in the Stratum C range that include Hyaluronic Acid are the Pigment Correction Gel, Vitality Eye Serum and Calming Toner. You can find out more about the revolutionary Stratum C Menopause Skin Care range and learn more about how menopause can effect the skin by visiting www.stratumc.com