What’s The Deal With Hyaluronic Acid?

We promise, it’s not as scary as it sounds.

You may recognize this key ingredient from your favorite skincare serums. One of our favorites? Youth To The People’s Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream which combines hyaluronic acid with antioxidant rich superfoods for a powerful moisturizer that restores and balances skin.

“Our vegan form of hyaluronic acid boosts skin health, improves the overall look of skin, and adds necessary hydration. We love the hyaluronic acid in our product because it’s very effective but doesn’t have any unhealthy side effects or animal by-products,” share Youth To The People founders Joe Cloyes and Greg Gonzalez.

Recently we’ve introduced our own hyaluronic acid skincare product, Glow Sweet Glow – a vegan gummy that promotes hydration from the inside out.

But how does this hydrating miracle ingredient work? We consult with dermatologist, Courtney Phillips, to learn more.

What is hyaluronic acid?

“Hyaluronic acid is a large chain of sugar molecules that is found throughout the entire body,” Courtney explains.  “It’s often considered the gold standard of hydration because the naturally occurring molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water,” she adds. It can be found naturally in the body as a lubricating fluid found in eyes, joints, connective tissue and you guessed it – skin.

How can we tell if we are deficient?

Fine lines and wrinkles may be a sign that you’re low in hyaluronic acid. Something that can contribute to HA (hyaluronic acid) depletion in particular is exposure to free radicals.

“Up to 33% of the hyaluronic acid in your body is replaced on a daily basis,” Courtney shares. “HA molecules are very sensitive to free radicals and they deplete even more quickly when exposed to them.”

If you get lots of UV exposure, drink alcohol or are exposed to free radicals in your diet – you might consider increasing your hyaluronic acid to help protect against signs of aging.

How to get more hyaluronic acid.

You can increase your hyaluronic intake by applying it topically, injecting a filler, or for a less invasive inner beauty option – getting more of it in your diet.

“Acid” doesn’t necessarily sound like the most ingestible substance, but rest assured, this kind is. That said, it can be hard to find. A high quality bone broth is one option. For best results, be sure to also eat citrus fruits which help inhibit the breakdown of HA.

Then, of course, you can always supplement.

What to look for in a quality hyaluronic acid.

First, decide whether you prefer an animal or plant based source. While many HA supplements are derived from chicken combs or collagen, at HUM and Youth To The People, we opt for plant-based sources.

Then, it’s important to look for low molecular HA which absorbs more readily into the skin than high molecular HA.

At what age should people start using hyaluronic acid to prevent aging?

Courtney recommends starting in your 20s and 30s. “Our collagen level start to decline naturally at this age, providing less structure to the skin. Wrinkles begin to form and joints become less limber and all of this accelerates with exposure to sun, drinking and smoking.”

Greg and Joe from Youth To The People agree. “We typically recommend that our Superfood Serum be incorporated to your skincare regimen in your 20s. It’s a great time to defend skin while it’s still youthful, though taking care of your skin is important at any age, of course.”

Ready to boost your hyaluronic acid intake? Learn more about our delicious vegan gummy, Glow Sweet Glow, here.

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