What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?
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Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan and abbreviated to HA, is a significant component of connective tissues, joint and tendon tissues, and the synovial fluid that reduces friction between the joints. It binds cells together to improve cartilage’s resilience against compression and helps lubricate the joints. It also helps connected tissues slide between neighboring muscles.
Hyaluronic acid’s role in skin appearance is one of its better-known functions. It plays a role in the body’s inflammation response to help regenerate skin tissues and repair wounds. It can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water, which is why it gives the skin a supple and hydrated appearance. Naturally occurring hyaluronic acid levels decrease in the skin with age, which contributes to sagging and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is water-soluble and forms a gel-like substance when combined with water. Topical application can help replenish the skin’s levels of hyaluronic acid.
Potential Hyaluronic Acid Benefits for Skin
Hyaluronic acid levels increase following skin damage to expedite the wound healing process. It helps regulate the body’s inflammatory response and promotes red blood cell production around the injured area. It has analgesic and antibacterial properties, which help reduce pain and the risk of infection. It can also reduce the size of wounds for faster recovery.
Hyaluronic Acid for Skin Moisture
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant rather than a moisturizer, meaning it helps retain and preserve moisture. Hyaluronic acid binds with water to help keep skin moisturized. It also improves the appearance of the skin by making it smoother and reducing wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid serum may also reduce facial redness thanks to its moisturizing properties. Hyaluronic acids levels decrease with age, which can lead to dry skin. Topical hyaluronic acid serums help replenish HA levels in the skin for better moisturization.
Hyaluronic Acid for Acne
Acne-prone skin tends to have overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess oil, clog pores, and cause breakouts. Irritation and redness often occur as well. Hyaluronic acid helps keep oil production in check. HA also helps support the body’s skin barrier, which may improve irritation and redness caused by dry skin and acne. Hyaluronic acid serums may help improve the appearance of acne scars, too.
Other Hyaluronic Acid Uses
Hyaluronic Acid for Hair
Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-retaining properties may provide some benefits for hair. High-porosity, damaged hair shafts have a hard time retaining water and appear dry. Hyaluronic acid helps porous hair retain moisture and may improve its appearance. It helps seal hair cuticles as well, which may reduce hair frizz. It can also relieve itchiness and flaking from a dry scalp.
How to Make Hyaluronic Acid Serum
The following instructions will yield 3 fluid ounces of 1% (by weight) Hyaluronic Acid serum. Always dissolve the hyaluronic acid powder in cold water. HA is not stable in heat, and warm water can degrade its quality. Be sure to use this hyaluronic acid serum within one year, as HA has a typical PAO (period after opening) of twelve months.
- 0.445 grams Hyaluronic Acid Powder (approximately one-fourth of a teaspoon)
- 4 fluid ounces cold, distilled water
- A glass or plastic container with a tight-sealing lid that can hold at least 4 ounces.
- A measuring cup
- A cooking thermometer that can measure to freezing
For best results, use a digital milligram scale to weigh the hyaluronic acid supplement.
- Measure and weigh the hyaluronic acid powder, then add it to the container
- Measure out 4 ounces of distilled water and set it aside. Add ice and wait until the temperature reduces to at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the ice and re-measure the water to exactly 4 ounces (some of the ice will melt and increase the amount)
- Add the cold water to the hyaluronic acid supplement powder
- Seal the container and shake it a few times; white clumps will form
- Place the container in the refrigerator, and shake it every 2-4 hours
The hyaluronic acid clumps will turn clear and begin to dissolve after 4-8 hours. It takes approximately 12-24 hours for all the clumps to dissolve and the water to thicken into a 1% hyaluronic acid serum.
For oral use: One ounce equals approximately 150 milligrams of Hyaluronic Acid.
How to Store Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Store the hyaluronic acid serum in the refrigerator to preserve the quality and maximize its shelf-life. How long hyaluronic acid lasts depends on how sterile the serum remains. Microbial contamination causes spoilage and reduces the serum’s thickness. If the solution becomes thin or loses its thickness, discard it. This hyaluronic acid serum can last up to a week in the refrigerator. Adding a preservative can significantly increase its shelf-life.
Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C
Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C
complement each other’s skin-enhancing properties. They work together to lock in moisture, protect the skin, and improve signs of aging skin.
How to Increase Hyaluronic Acid Serum’s Shelf-Life
Including a preservative like ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can prolong HA serum’s shelf-life and reduce the likelihood of microbial contamination. Dissolve 1.25-1.5g of ascorbic acid powder into the distilled water in step two listed above before adding the ice. Choosing a storage container with a dropper or a pump to dispense the serum also helps prevent contamination.
This hyaluronic acid serum can last 1-3 months with the addition of vitamin C. If the mixture starts to turn yellow, it means the vitamin C has oxidized. Once this happens, the serum is less effective. Discard any yellowing serum and make a new batch. Three ounces of serum may be too much for individuals to use before the serum oxidizes. Individuals can adjust the recipe as needed to make their preferred amount of serum.
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