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What is Hyaluronic Acid and How to Use it?

What is Hyaluronic Acid and How to Use it?
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We are sure that you have heard a lot of things from about hyaluronic acid from various dermatologists in Singapore. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in your dermal structure and is also the main ingredient in face filler products. But do you know what exactly it is and how does it help your skin? Let us tell you all about this special substance. Read on to find out more!

 

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, natural substance produced by your body. It is largely found on your skin, eyes, joints and soft connecting tissues where they need ample lubrication. It is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of polysaccharide that can absorb a lot of water; up to 1000 times its weight in grams. Even though it is an acid, it is had a mild pH value that matches with the skin. Hyaluronic acid can be derived externally from animals and bacteria cultures.

Hyaluronic acid keeps the skin from drying out and prevents bacteria from entering. Your body will naturally produce a lot of hyaluronic acid till about 30 years of age. However, like how the body slows down with age, so does the production of hyaluronic acid. Your skin may lose its suppleness or start to sag. Coupled together with daily exposure to the ultraviolet light, pollution, dry conditions and injury, your skin would need a boost in hyaluronic acid.

 

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Moisturisation

One common skin benefit of hyaluronic acid it’s that is an excellent moisturiser. As mentioned above, hyaluronic acid absorbs a lot of water. When applied externally, the acid molecules stay on top of the skin and draws moisture from the environment. It then administers much needed moisturisation to all layers on the skin. Apart from providing immediate moisture to the skin, hyaluronic acid also helps to retain moisture, reducing epidermal water loss so that your skin remains supple throughout the day.

When applied internally, the acid molecules provide skin deep absorption as it binds with the skin cells and provides moisture from within.

Anti-Ageing and Wrinkle Reduction

Aged, dull and saggy skin is probably one of the main skin concerns to many women. And that concern grows stronger with the onset of wrinkles. These problems occur when we grow older and go through exposure under the sun and pollutants. And they get worse if you stay or work in a largely dry environment like an air-conditioned office. As a result, your skin is constantly losing its elasticity and drying out.

Thus, hyaluronic acid has good anti-ageing properties as it will plump up the skin and improve its smoothness and elasticity. Fine lines will disappear and your skin gets rejuvenated. The acid also acts a barrier against free radicals and pollutants which are responsible for causing aged skin.

Better Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing

Usually it takes around 27 to 28 days for new skin cells to be produced and travel to the surface of the skin. However, the rate of regeneration slows down as we age. You may sometimes notice that as you get older, wounds do not heal quite as fast as before. Hyaluronic acid provides moisture to the wounds and forms a protective barrier on it to prevent infection. The result is that wounds heal faster and cause less scarring. It can be applied to acne scars to speed up healing and even out colour differences.

It is also good to note that hyaluronic acid is a largely safe substance and suitable for sensitive skin. Since hyaluronic acid is naturally present and made our body, there is a very low chance that your body or skin rejecting it. There are no adverse side effects though pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and cancer patients should err to side of caution.

 

How to use Hyaluronic Acid

Skin Care Products

Today, there are many products that include hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient. You can apply these products externally onto your skin as part of your skin care routine or in the middle of the day when you need a quick boost of moisturisation. Do your research and get a recommendation on what kind of products to use for your skin type. These products can be in the form of creams, serums or masks

Face Filler Injections

Another way is through injecting hyaluronic acid directly into your skin. This is done through using an injection or through multiple micro injections. For micro injections, an aesthetic doctor will administer a numbing solution into your skin so that you will not feel a thing. After the injections, you would feel a tiny bit of discomfort, but it will subside.

As a face filler, hyaluronic acid progressively works its magic over time by smoothening out wrinkles, moisturizing skin from within, slows down skin ageing, and generally promoting a more youthful appearance.

Which aesthetic doctors specialize in Hyaluronic and Face Filler Injections?

While there are many good aesthetic doctors in Singapore, not all of them specialize in injectables. Here are some of our personal recommendations of highly reputable aesthetic doctors known for their face filler work:

  1. Dr Lee Mun Heng of Cambridge Medical Group @ Ngee Ann City (a leading aesthetic clinic in Singapore)
  2. Dr KK Chew of u. Clinic @ Paragon Singapore
  3. Dr Wong Kee Seng of Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic @ Raffles link Singapore

Food Sources and Supplements

There are some food you can eat to get a bit of hyaluronic acid into your body. Bone broth is good source. You can make it by boiling meat bones for a couple of hours and drinking it as a soup. Starchy root vegetables like sweet potato can be a good snack to get your dose. You also can get a prescription for hyaluronic acid supplements from your dermatologist in Singapore.

As you can see, hyaluronic acid has a lot of benefits and is gentle on the skin, meaning that anyone regardless of age or gender can use. For a professional treatment using hyaluronic acid, you can try out the Aqua Shine Skin Booster with us. Book an appointment or contact us if you have enquiries.