(HA) is found naturally in almost every cell in the body? However, it is found in the highest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of your bodies HA is found here, in both the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the top layers of your skin. Young skin is soft and smooth because it contains high amounts of HA. HA helps by providing continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to a thousand times its weight in water. When we start to age, the skin loses its ability to produce HA in the same quantities.
So collagen is what gives the skin its firmness, but it’s HA that hydrates and nourishes the collagen. So if you think of collagen as a rubber band that is stretched a million times, eventually it’s going to get dry and brittle. Consider the HA as the water that keeps the collagen moist and elastic. So as we age it’s important to help the skin regain as much moisture as possible. Hyaluronic Acid serves to act as a space filler by binding to water and thus keeping the skin more wrinkle free.