Hyaluronic acid—available in supplement, cream and injectable form—is a mainstay in the war against aging, and for good reason.
Because hyaluronic acid binds to and absorbs water, it gives a fullness and plumpness to the skin that we are constantly trying to replicate. “Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar that attracts water molecules to provide a plump, spongy effect to the skin,” says West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD. As water is absorbed by the acid, volume is created, acting in the same manner as how a sponge soaks up water and becomes full to even out every little crevice.
As hyaluronic acid degenerates, structure and volume are lost from the face, causing wrinkles and folds to become more pronounced. Just like the collagen loss, when hyaluronic acid levels drop, the skin has less support. “Hyaluronic acid levels dip as we age, and less of it is produced. But because the body is constantly absorbing it, the body is also always making more of it, just not as much of it as it once did,” says Dr. Beer
Hyaluronic Acid Injection Roundup
Injectables deliver synthetic hyaluronic acid deep under the skin to grab water, in turn replacing volume and inflating lines and wrinkles.
What it does: binds moisture to the skin
Good for: lips, laugh lines, under-eye hollows and circles, droopy brows
Not good for: sagging skin, bone structure
Downside: swelling and/or bruising can last up to a week
Shows results: immediately
Lasts: six to 16 months