Whether you’re a skincare and beauty enthusiast or you’re simply health-conscious, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of hyaluronic acid.
Recently, hyaluronic acid has made its way into all kinds of skincare products and aesthetic treatments, and with good reason—it can help reduce visible signs of ageing, keeping skin beautiful and healthy.But what exactly is hyaluronic acid? How does it work? Here, we answer all the most pressing questions about hyaluronic acid to let you know how you can use it to look and feel your best.
Hyaluronic Acid: The Basics
Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs within the skin. It plays a crucial role in dermal health, as it regulates cell growth and hydration and acts as a cushion for other cells. It’s part of what makes our skinso smooth and plump when we’re young. However, we are born with a certain amount of hyaluronic acid, and our bodies do not produce more as we age.As the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid depletes, signs of ageing begin to take hold.
Fortunately, scientists have been able to extract hyaluronic acid from other sources and recreate it synthetically. Now, we can use this extracted hyaluronic acid in medical and aesthetic applications. Doctors sometimes utilise hyaluronic acid in wound repair, eye operations and arthritis treatments because of its remarkable hydrating and lubricating properties. These same qualities make it an exceptional ingredient in products and treatments that help restore and renew the skin, too.
Using Hyaluronic Acid for Skincare
While many high street brands advertise hyaluronic acid as a trendy ingredient, these productsoften do not contain enough of the substance to make a real difference in the skin. One of the best ways to experience the full benefits of hyaluronic acid is through treatments administered by aesthetic professionals. At Waterhouse Young, we provide effectivetreatments, both corrective and preventative,that give our clients visible results.
Hyaluronic acid is an important part of our HydraFacial, a skin resurfacing treatment that rejuvenates the skin through several stages. The first stage involves deep cleansing and exfoliation to unclog pores and remove impurities. Next, we infuse the skin with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and nourish it, taking full advantage of hyaluronic acid’s restorative abilities. Finally, red LED light is used to reduce inflammation, promote circulation and stimulate collagen production. This treatment is perfect for someone who would like a non-invasive introduction to the powers of hyaluronic acid and what it can do for the skin.
One of our newest treatments, Profhilo, maximises the effects of hyaluronic acid by administering it in a pure form. Profhilo is injected into specific points when treating the lower face which disperses throughout the area. Over time, four different types of collagen are stimulated. From within, the skin is restored and rejuvenated and externally, the skin is remodelled. The result is tighter & plumper skin with improved skin health and condition.
Dermal fillers use other forms of hyaluronic acid to fight the signs of ageing. They come in all different types of consistencies to target the specific area and needs of the client. With dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is used to plump and hydrate the skin, restoring volume and creating a fresh and more youthful appearance. Any area which is lacking in hydration and volume can be treated, including the face, décollete, hands or even knees.
Hyaluronic acid’s popularity is not just a fad—its efficacy in skincare is proven. At Waterhouse Young, we want our clients to understand how and why ingredients like hyaluronic acid work, so that we can help you figure out which treatments are best for you. Book an appointment with one of our experienced aesthetic doctors today to learn more about how hyaluronic acid can improve your skin health.