Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance naturally produced by the body that helps keep the skin hydrated and supple. Its main function is to retain water so that skin stays moist. Like collagen and elastin, the amount in our body decreases as we age. It can be applied to the body through topical creams as well as through injections. Injections tend to have better results due to higher penetration while leads to better absorption. Skin boosters are micro-injections of hyaluronic acid in the skin. HA does not enter skin cells, but stays within the epidermis between cells. The HA that is injected is synthetic (not produced by humans), and is tolerated well by the body with few side effects and reactions.
Difference between skin boosters and fillers:
Both skin boosters and fillers contain HA, although there are differences between them. Fillers are used to lift, enhance and restore a defect in the body. Skin boosters, also known as hydrating fillers, are used to improve skin hydration. Fillers are injected underneath the skin’s surface, while skin boosters are injected into the skin. Fillers also tend to have high viscosity while skin boosters have low viscosity.
5 benefits of hyaluronic acid:
Promotes healthier skin: HA makes skin supple and less dry, while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is essential for maintaining a bright and healthy complexion.
Hydrates the skin: HA holds up to 1000x times its weight in water and helps regulate water content and transport in the skin. That is why it is important for skin hydration.
Improves skin texture: another benefit of HA is that it reduces the roughness of the skin and increases skin elasticity. Smoothing the skin helps with maintaining a youthful appearance.
Fights aging: around 50% of the body’s HA is in the skin. When this amount reduces as a person gets older, wrinkles and fine lines can form. Applying and injecting HA can help restore optimal levels in the skin to counter the aging process.
Supplement to other treatments: HA pairs well with treatments such as DermaPen and chemical or mechanical peels. Please consult with your doctor to determine which treatments are suitable for you.
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