Do you know the difference between a grape and a raisin? The answer is water. Water
enables the grape to remain smooth and plump, while the lack of hydration causes the
raisin to appear wrinkled and flat. Our skin is the same. For healthy, plump, youthful
skin, water is an absolute must.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance found within almost all of the cells of the human
body, most abundantly in the joints and the skin. In the joints, HA is found in the
synovial fluid, which provides lubrication and acts as a shock absorber. In the skin,
HA may help to retain optimal levels of water in the dermis of the skin.
A study reported in the International Journal of Dermatology, showed that as subjects
aged, levels of HA in the skin decreased. In fact, in those aged 60 and above, there
were minimal traces of HA in their skin. It is thought that this age-related loss of HA
may be a contributing factor to wrinkling in ageing.
Studies also suggest a role for hyaluronic acid in joint health and it may even offer pain
relief to arthritis sufferers.
Hyaluronic acid can be taken alone or combined with other natural supplements, such
as vitamin C, collagen and chondroitin sulphate to enhance its benefits.