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This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our weekly newsletter where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be discussed with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
For thousands of years, people have been searching for the fountain of youth to no avail. But we may have found the next best thing: hyaluronic acid. HA has been proven to help fight off signs of aging in skin and joints, which are those areas that age tends to hit the hardest and fastest.
But what is hyaluronic acid? And how can it help bring back your youth?
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is crucial to skin health and moisture. HA is actually a molecule naturally found in our bodies. These molecules are mostly concentrated in healthy tissue in the skin, joints, and eye sockets.
HA is able to minimize inflammation and dehydration, and it can also send signals to the immune system if there is an injury or wound that needs to be healed. HA is one of the skin’s key molecules because it helps retain collagen and moisture, which is essential to skin elasticity and development.
Hyaluronic Acid is the ultimate tool in hydration. One HA molecule can hold up to 1,000x its weight in water. It is basically a natural lubricant your body produces to keep your skin cells hydrated and plump. This is also why it is used for joint pain; it keeps your joints well oiled so they don’t deteriorate with movement or age.
What Are The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?
Because HA is able to hold so much water, it is crucial for maintaining hydrated, moisturized skin. Hydration is also the key to fighting off signs of aging. If your skin cells are filled with water, they appear smoother and plumper. This water enlivens and awakens your skin cells, giving your complexion a refreshed and radiant glow. This is especially important as we age because our skin starts to lose its ability to retain water on its own; HA can help bring back this natural water retention.
Hydration also plays an important role in fighting off sun damage. HA reduces water loss, which occurs after exposure to UV rays and other pollutants. Retaining water after a burn can greatly reduce the risks of serious damage to skin cells. HA can also provide sunburn relief because it keeps your skin moist, drawing out heat and preventing blisters.
All of this together— refreshed, hydrated, and undamaged skin— helps conquer wrinkles. Several studies have found that HA can reduce skin sagging and increase the look of full, voluminous cheeks and lips. Hyaluronic acid is an important partner with collagen, and the two work together to create the primary structural components of skin. HA keeps collagen cells healthy, which reduces the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
How Do You Use Hyaluronic Acid?
HA comes in various forms, but it’s most commonly found in creams and serums. It’s also often found in cold sore treatments because of its ability to help heal harsh wounds on the skin. Some dermatologists even administer HA through injections to give a quick boost of lubrication, elasticity, and hydration to skin and joints.
We recommend that everyone use a hyaluronic acid serum. Topical HA can retain up to 370% more moisture than the collagen protein itself. In this way, a light and moisturizing serum is a perfect way to make your skin hydrated, radiant, and youthful. No matter what the rest of your beauty regimen looks like, HA can keep your skin tone even and balanced—while also working to fight wrinkles and sun damage in the process.
You’ll find that a lot of our products come with hyaluronic acid. We love putting HA in our products because it is such an unbelievably hydrating ingredient. It’s especially useful in our retinol moisturizer, because the hydration in the HA helps counteract the harsher properties of retinol.
You can find hyaluronic acid in a number of Tree of Life products:
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Niacinamide Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
Retinol Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid
Ultimate Age-Defying Serum – Daytime
Ultimate Age-Defying Serum – Nighttime
Vitamin C Serum
Keep your face moisturized for youthful, radiant skin! Any product with hyaluronic acid is just like taking a dive in the Fountain of Youth!