|We loose it as we age, but hyaluronic|
acid can now be added after the fact
Why it's So Special
Hyaluronic acid (also called hyaluronan or hyaluronate) has the ability to retain water – much like a sponge. Not just a little, mind you: it goes above and beyond, happily carrying up to a thousand times its own weight, making it a superb skin humectant. Because of this amazing quality, hyaluronic acid plays a vital role in tissue hydration and moisturization. It's quite simply the ultimate skin plumper! It increases skin smoothness, softens and decreases wrinkles, and even protects cell structure – defending it against bacterial attacks. No wonder hyaluronic acid is often nicknamed the fountain of youth.
What's in a Name (Like Restylane)
In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronan injections for 'filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles'. Ever seen an ad for Restylane? That's just one common trade name for hyaluronic acid.
Where Does it Come From?
|I'll never tell|
A Greener Version
In 2009, a Japanese production method that utilizes plant cells was granted a US patent, opening new avenues of production. My supplier informs me that the hyaluronic acid I buy from them is made by 'producing enzymes from a bacteria-based biofermentation process' and that it is 100% animal free. Does it work as well as 'the animal stuff'? In a word: yes.
LisaLise Products with Hyaluronic Acid
Because hyaluronic acid is both colorless and odorless, it is an easy-to-work-with active ingredient that can be added 'to order' in any lotion, cream, or other water-based product I do. I have successfully used it in face and body products of all types, and find it a very efficient 'plumper'.