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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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  • Retinol

    Many skin care products are advertising the special ingredient Retinol. But what exactly is retinol and what does it do for our skin?

    Retinol is basically another form of Vitamin A that is found in animals and humans. It’s important for vision and bone growth, as well as skin treatments. Because of its small molecular structure, it is able to penetrate deep into our skin to stimulate cell renewal. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to regain the skin’s elasticity and structure. More and more skin care products today are using retinol in their formulas to treat these aging symptoms in our skin as well as even out skin tone and pigmentation.

    There are different types of Retinol products for your skin depending on the area of your face you want to treat. Specially formulated eye creams contain Retinol to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area because this skin is very sensitive and thinner than the rest of your face. Brands such as SkinCeuticals, MD Forte, and Taheri make these various Retinol products to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet for your eye area and the rest of your face.

    Overall, retinol is proven to improve the appearance and texture of your skin by reducing the symptoms of aging such as wrinkles and skin sagginess. Each product uses different strengths of retinol so talk to your dermatologist to find out which type works best for your skin.

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