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While average consumer knowledge regarding Hyaluronic Acid’s moisturising properties has grown, marketing strategists have likewise caught on to its selling power potential. However, not all HA is equal.
This short guide created by Sandton Aesthetic Institute (SAI) will help you understand HA basics, learn about safety, discern forms of HA on product labels, differentiate on quality, and obtain the best results by distinguishing between truly useful applications of HA and less advantageous ones.
What is HA and why is it so important in anti-ageing?
Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule made naturally by the human body. It assists with cushioning and lubrication for joints and cartilage, speeds wound repair and plays a role in tissue formation (via cell migration).
In the aesthetic world, HA is most famous for its hydrating properties in home skincare (it also bestows beautifying antioxidant properties). It possesses the remarkable capability of attracting and holding up to 1000x its own weight in water. The HA molecule helps bind this moisture to Collagen so that it is retained within the skin. Increased and enhanced moisture levels within the dermal layers, adding volume naturally to create a smooth, plump, and youthful appearance.
As we biologically age, our natural production levels of HA decreases. The choice to supplement HA allows for anti-ageing rewards. An increase of water within our skin leads to better cellular functioning, firms and tones skin, and often assists in calming problematic conditions such as red, dry, flaky, or breakout-prone skin.
Injectables that rely on HA can be strategically placed to correct specific concerns, facial asymmetry, or pronounced undesired ageing.
Is HA safe?
The inclusion of the word ‘acid’ in this molecule’s name, can alarm some individuals, but it’s safe to let this worry go. HA is a substance our body creates itself, the risk of an allergic reaction to pure HA is highly unlikely, to the point of being nearly unheard of. HA bestows benefits and is safe for all skin types.
Is HA in skincare the same within all homecare products?
No, it is not.
Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that can be presented and delivered in a variety of molecular weights or sizes. In order to attract and bind water to internal tissue, the HA molecule must penetrate the epidermis or upper layers of skin. As such, smaller molecular weight is desirable as it can sink deeper into dermal layers, plumping from below for more a pronounced anti-ageing effect [Source].
*SAI’s hydrating Hyaluronic Serum contains Sodium Hyaluronate, known for its smaller molecule size.
It is also worth noting that a higher concentration level of HA within a product is not always desirable. In some instances, extremely high humectants levels may actually have an unwanted drying result on the dermis. The proportion of HA should support the results sought after.
Higher concentrations seek to create anti-ageing effects whereas lower concentrations are used for evening skin tone or fighting acne breakouts.
In terms of HA in injectables, for ultimate deep delivery of HA, injectable dermal fillers can be ideal. Capable of delivering exact quantities in specific skin layers.
What are the key ingredients to look for when purchasing HA home skincare?
Ingredient lists may present Hyaluronic Acid using any of the following designations: Glycosaminoglycan, Hyaluran, Hyaluronan, Hyaluronate Sodium, or Hylan, Sodium Hyaluronate.
- Should be free of harsh fragrances or alcohol which can dry and irritate the skin.
- Ought to contain additional moisturising agents (occlusives) which will help retain moisture (think Shea butter, jojoba oil and the like).
- Can be combined with active ingredient for more potent results such as Vitamins B5 or C.
Is HA the same in all injectable Dermal Filler products?
No, they are not.
There is an astounding variance across dermal fillers. To begin with; consistency and quality control in manufacturing alongside correct storage are essential foundations for any HA-based dermal filler.
Further differing factors include gel hardness, gel consistency, viscosity, extrusion force, concentration ratio, and degree of hydration to be expected. Different compositions will possess particular advantages to specific indications under treatment i.e. purpose-made fillers rather than general.
For superior clinical outcomes and dermal filler performance; clients should invest in and rely on Medical Doctors who have mastered a thorough understanding of the specific properties of individual products. This must be paired with an extensive grasp of the science of injection techniques and placement. [Source].
Dr Alastair Clark possesses skill in the application of Aesthetic Medicine, including dermal fillers. He has years of expertise; including a long-standing international certification as an international Dermal Filler Trainer and KOL, a recognition of the high standard of his techniques. Click here to see his credentials.
SAI is committed to sourcing and supplying only gold-standard dermal filler injectables in-clinic. Individuals will never be offered off-market, improperly stored, diluted or ill-reputable products. Dr Clark believes firmly that satisfaction and success with anti-ageing therapies begin with safety. See SAI’s June 2021 Specials…
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