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Fall into skin hydration this Autumn with Hyaluronic acid

It’s likely that you would’ve come across one of skincare’s hottest ingredients, hyaluronic acid, if you’ve picked up a magazine or browsed your favourite blog in the last couple of months. But what exactly is it, and what are its benefits for your skin?

First thing’s first: hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring molecule that can be found in your skin and connective tissues. Research has shown that just one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water. Since a loss of moisture is one of the leading culprits when it comes to ageing, it’s no surprise that the beauty industry is currently obsessed with it!

How ageing affects the production of hyaluronic acid

Considering the fact that the skin’s ability to retain moisture declines as we age (and let’s not forget that natural stores of hyaluronic acid also diminish with age), there’s no doubt that a product containing hyaluronic acid is vital for ensuring that skin remains firm, plumped up, and well hydrated. It also provides excellent antioxidant defence, as many studies have shown. This makes it a must for anyone who’s concerned about premature ageing as a result of sun exposure, pollution, and other environmental aggressors.

Doctor administered treatments that contain hyaluronic acid

Dermal Fillers

One sure-fire way to plump up your skin and reduce wrinkles is to opt for hyaluronic acid fillers. Injecting filler improves the appearance of facial contours (for example, enhancing cheekbones), and they’re great for plumping up thin lips.

Vital Injector treatment with Mesohyal ORGANIC SILICON

The combination of organic silicon and hyaluronic acid, injected into the skin, provides a regenerating, restructuring solution to ageing and dehydrated skin.

Organic silicon works to stabilise and maintain skin tissue structure, stimulating fibroblasts and enhancing the synthesis of collagen fibres and elastin.

The moisturising and micro filling action of the hyaluronic acid increases skin elasticity, improving skin moisturising retention and reducing the signs of ageing.

Restylane Skinboosters

During this treatment, specially formulated hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin in small doses using the Vital Injector. The hyaluronic acid attracts fluid, resulting in a prolonged and deep hydration of the skin from within. The skin’s elasticity and structure is improved, creating a natural glow and a fresh look by gently smoothening the skin from the inside.

Clinical studies prove the lasting impact of a Restylane Skinboosters treatment with improvement in skin elasticity of the face and hands for up to 12 months after the initial treatment.

Injections not your thing? There are a number of topical skincare products that also contain this wondrous, skin-plumping ingredient. Since it’s a humectant (which means that it draws moisture to the skin and helps to prevent moisture loss), it’s ideal for those who have a more mature or dry skin type. That said, it’s suitable for all skin types – even oily or acne-prone skin types.

One of our favourite recent discoveries is MATRISKIN’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum – a concentrated gel with the active ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate, a biotechnologically obtained biopolymer of hyluronic acid which is capable of retaining water at a quantity of more than 1000 times its own weight.

NEOSTRATA’s Skin Active range, contains NeoGlucosamine (NAG). This is a patented active ingredient that is a building block of hyaluronic acid. When applied topically, NeoGlucosamine boosts the skin’s ability to produce and build up its own stores of hyaluronic acid. This helps to improve your skin’s firmness and elasticity, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and photo-ageing.



Get in touch with us to book a VISIA skin analysis and learn more about products and treatments that will actively make a difference to the quality of your skin.



This was featured in our April 2019 Therapy Specialist Medical Spa Newsletter.