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  • Understanding Hyaluronic Acid

    27Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in your body and in animals. It serves as a lubricator in between joints and even inside of your eye. It’s a component of your connective tissues, serving as a barrier and cushion between your joints and limbs.

    Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a very popular ingredient used within many skin care products. It is usually paired with vitamin C to assist in the penetration of your skin. It’s effective for reducing the appearance of aging symptoms and damaged skin on the face and has been regarded as the “key to the fountain of youth.” This is because of its natural properties found inside our bodies.

    As you age, you begin to lose significant amounts of this important substance. Smoking and certain diets can also alter the amount you have over time. With the loss of hyaluronic acid, more wrinkles begin to appear and your skin may get dry. This is why many anti-aging products formulate their mixture using HA to restore hydration and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. But what started the hyaluronic acid revelation and its use in skin care products?

    Years ago, in a small Japanese village by the name of Yuzurihara, Connie Chung set out to discover what the secret was for the villagers’ long lives and youthful looking skin. They lived very long lives, well into their 80s and 90s. Very few of them wore glasses and most of them still had a full head of hair and great, flawless skin.

    She found out that the villagers’ diets are full of root vegetables, fish, and low iron foods which allow their bodies to retain more hyaluronic acid levels, which other people around the world tend to lose as they age. The villagers’ bodies had much higher levels of HA than the average level humans tend to have. This was the reason for their wrinkle-free faces, no age spots, and beautiful hair. So make sure to eat healthy, incorporating certain vegetables and iron in your diet, in order to maintain your hyaluronic acid levels. It just might be the real “key to the fountain of youth.”

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  • Hydroquinone Uses and Benefits

    Hydroquinone, pronounced hī’drō-kwĭ-nōn’, is a white crystalline substance used in skin care products to decrease the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment within your skin that gives you color and a tan.

    It is used topically to lighten darker areas of your skin where there might be uneven skin tones and hyperpigmentation. It can also be used to lighten freckles, age spots, chloasma, and melasma. Over exposure to the sun can create sun spots in your skin, causing certain areas to appear darker than the rest. Hydroquinone can be used to treat such conditions and to help even out the color of your skin.

    You should always discuss the types of products you want to use on your skin with your doctor and tell her or him about any allergies or sensitivities you have. Hydroquinone products should not be used on skin that is sunburned, windburned, chapped, dry, or irritated. You must wait until these conditions have healed completely and there are no open wounds or sores before using hydroquinone.

    It can also make your skin very sensitive so avoid sun exposure and wear the proper SPF sunscreen when going outside. Hydroquinone is a very powerful bleaching agent so it must be used carefully and as advised by your dermatologist. There are other alternatives to hydroquinone, if your skin is too sensitive to its effects, such as ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C.

    There has been a lot of FDA controversy over the use of hydroquinone in skin care products so discuss this with your doctor and see if it is safe for your skin.

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