Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide naturally produced by the human body. It is a vital component of the extracellular matrix, and it contributes significantly to cell proliferation and migration. Scientists have found high concentrations especially in eyes, joints and skin. The average person of 150 lb (68 kg) has roughly 0.53 OZ (15 grams) of hyaluronic acid in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) per day.
Hyaluronic Acid is a remarkable substance because of all the uses and benefits it has in our bodies. It helps things stay lubricated: plays a crucial role in maintaining the smooth movement of joints, preventing pain and injury from bones grinding against each other; it helps things stay hydrated: as it is highly capable of retaining water, in fact, a small amount of hyaluronic acid can hold a significant amount of water, that is why it is often used for treating dry eyes and as an ingredient in moisturizing skincare products; it helps make your skin flexible: promotes flexibility by helping it stretch and flex, reducing wrinkles and lines, and accelerating wound healing while minimizing scarring.
In joints, hyaluronic acid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber, helping to reduce friction and wear and tear on the joints. It is an important component of articular cartilage and present in the synovial fluid that surrounds joints, and its properties can help to improve the mobility and flexibility of the joints. Some studies have suggested that taking hyaluronic acid supplements may help to improve joint health, particularly in people with osteoarthritis. In the eyes, hyaluronic acid is present in the vitreous humor, the gel-like substance that fills the eye. It helps to maintain the shape and stability of the eye by providing support to the retina and other structures. HA is also an important component of the tear film, the thin layer of fluid that covers the eye’s surface. It helps to keep the eyes lubricated and moisturized, which can help to reduce dryness, itching, and other symptoms of dry eye. Some studies have suggested that taking hyaluronic acid supplements may help to improve the health of the eyes, particularly in people with dry eye.
Hyaluronic acid can also be taken as a dietary supplement, and some studies suggest that taking hyaluronic acid supplements may help to improve joint health, reduce the risk of osteoarthritis, and improve the health of skin and hair. However, more research is needed to confirm these potential benefits.
However, the most important role of Hyaluronic Acid, as far as NEREA is concerned, is the role it plays in the human skin. It is a vital component that provides structural support to skin cells and tissues, playing a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s overall health and appearance. Hyaluronic acid is present in high concentrations in the skin, particularly in the dermal layer, where it helps to retain moisture and keep the skin hydrated and plump.
One of the most notable benefits of HA for the skin is its ability to act as a humectant. Humectants are substances that attract and bind water molecules, and hyaluronic acid is particularly effective in this regard, capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. This property makes hyaluronic acid an essential ingredient in many natural skincare products, particularly moisturizing products, as it creates a barrier that locks in moisture, keeping the skin hydrated and youthful-looking.
Hyaluronic acid’s ability to retain moisture also plays a crucial role in the skin’s natural repair process. It helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells and promotes the healing of wounds, speeding up the recovery process. It also has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce redness and irritation in the skin, making it an excellent ingredient for people with sensitive skin.
HA is also a popular ingredient in organic anti-aging skincare products, just like Nerea Florida and Sempreverde, as it can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin, making it appear more youthful and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This can be attributed to its ability to improve skin elasticity and firmness, resulting in a more toned and youthful-looking complexion. It is a perfect addition to snail mucin in snail secretion creams and serums like Nerea Spirale and Gorgolaio, where it completes the products benefits making them versatile and more powerful. But hyaluronic acid is not just applied topically, it is also used in medical and aesthetic procedures, such as dermal fillers. These products are injected into the skin to add volume and plumpness, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are considered safe and effective and have been approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
It is important to note that not all hyaluronic acid is created equal. The molecular weight of hyaluronic acid can vary, and different molecular weights can have different effects on the skin. Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is more easily absorbed by the skin and can penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers, providing more intense hydration. High molecular weight hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, providing a more immediate and visible hydrating effect. At Nerea we believe transparency is very important, our Italian lab specialists use combinations of HA with different molecular weights, and we always report it on our key ingredients list.
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