Hyaluronic acid is a transparent gel-like liquid that is produced naturally in younger skin (roughly half the hyaluronic acid in the body is found in the skin) and which forms an essential component of human connective tissue.
In addition to being naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid is also introduced into the body from external sources in medical and commercial products such as dietary supplements and eye-drops; but it is its unique water-retention properties and ability to promote healthier, more supple skin that has made it a superstar within the beauty and skin care industry.
A miracle weapon against wrinkles and moisture loss
As we age there is a noticeable decrease in the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, and levels in the skin and joints drop significantly. The result of this decrease is a loss of the filling material that lies between the skin cells. This loss causes the skin to shrink and lose volume and leads to the appearance of wrinkles. Falling hyaluronic acid production also affects the body’s level of synovial fluid which lubricates and cushions the joints, and this is a common factor in joint pain and stiffness.
The ability of hyaluronic acid to bind large amounts of water (up to six litres of water per gram net weight) and promote moisture retention contributes to the stability and friction-free function of the joints. It also provides natural firmness and elasticity to human connective tissue, and as a result, tissue containing hyaluronic acid is very resistant to pressure.
Transparent, water-binding and skin-friendly
Hyaluronic Acid forms an elastic gel that leaves a transparent, water-binding film on the skin. This film prevents moisture from evaporating from the skin and increases the skin’s moisture levels – something that is especially beneficial for people with dry or irritated skin.
Hyaluronic Acid also combines with keratin, a structural protein-based building block found in the body, such that when bound water evaporates, a slight tension is created on the skin surface. The result of this interaction is that small wrinkles become less noticeable and the skin appears generally tightened. It is also notable that because Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body, it is also naturally tolerated by the skin when used as an additive in skin care products. This is in contrast however to hyaluronic acid supplements or injectables that are introduced from an external source (see comments below on possible side effects).
Hyaluronic acid and the importance of the skin barrier
The skin acts like a moisture reservoir providing for more elasticity and resilience however it’s important to note that although many hyaluronic acid products, including serums, fillers and creams, help in the short term, studies have shown that the full benefit of hyaluronic acid will only be achieved in combination with active ingredients that effectively strengthen the skin barrier.
A weakened skin barrier results in any positive effect gained from the hyaluronic acid being reduced as soon as the application is stopped. For a long-term supply of moisture to the skin it is therefore crucial to strengthen the barrier layer to prevent excessive moisture loss.
A word of caution
As a naturally occurring substance produced by the body hyaluronic acid is generally safe to use and allergic reactions are rare. It is important to note however that the effect of using hyaluronic supplements or injectables during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding, has not been thoroughly studied, so care should be taken, and proper medical advice sought, if either of these situations exist.
In addition to the above there has been some concern expressed about the sensitivity of cancer cells to hyaluronic acid supplements and it is generally advised that people with cancer (or a history of cancer) avoid hyaluronic acid supplements or obtain proper medical advice before using them.
Note: EVENSWISS® serums (containing our unique DERMATOPOIETIN® peptide complex) do not supply the skin with an external dose of hyaluronic acid but are formulated to stimulate the body’s own production.
Hyaluronic acid and EVENSWISS®
EVENSWISS® skin care serums and boosters are unique in that they do not supply an external dose of hyaluronic acid to the skin.
The EVENSWISS® range of Signalling Cosmetics is a revolutionary approach to skin care that triggers a biological chain reaction starting on the skin’s surface (epidermis) and penetrating deep into the dermis layer to stimulate the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid as well as collagen and elastin. This process is based on the findings of 30 years of research work and has resulted in our patented DERMATOPOIETIN® technology.
What is DERMATOPOIETIN®?
DERMATOPOIETIN® is based on the skin's own Interleukin-1-Alpha protein which acts as a messenger between skin cells, setting the repair processes of the skin in motion, regulating the hair growth cycle, and regulating the skin's own barrier function.
Healthy, youthful skin continuously produces interleukin-1-alpha, but production decreases with age, leading to the known signs of skin ageing. EVENSWISS® products are designed to help restore optimal interleukin-1-alpha levels, and as the active ingredient strengthens the skin, its ability to absorb nourishing active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid is also increased. Important growth factors such as elastin and collagen support the skin's natural regenerative processes, while hyaluronic acid facilitates moisture retention.
The bottom line - regenerating, moisturising, and restructuring
Hyaluronic acid is a highly sought after skin care substance because it is extremely effective in promoting and maintaining moisture levels in the skin. In fact, there is hardly any anti-wrinkle cream that doesn’t rely on hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient.
And with good reason.
The water-binding properties of hyaluronic acid are like a sponge absorbing and storing moisture to leave the skin smoothed, padded and cared for from the inside out.
Once the skin’s moisture depots have been refilled, the skin feels smoother, less dry, and fresher. Itching is alleviated and wrinkles reduced. That’s why EVENSWISS® products rely on the positive properties of hyaluronic acid as the key to smooth, firm, and healthy skin.