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What is Hyaluronic Acid, and Why is it so Popular?

Every now and then, a skin care trend comes along that attracts everyone’s attention. Retinol had its moment of glory, as did Vitamin C, Ceramide, and many others in turn. Nowadays, it seems everyone is talking about Hyaluronic Acid and what it can do for their skin.

You may be wondering what hyaluronic acid is, let alone what it does. Let’s take a closer look at this:

What is Hyaluronic Acid? What Does it Do?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is essentially a sugar, naturally found in many of our tissues, including the skin. What makes HA so interesting is its ability to retain moisture and create fullness. In fact, HA can absorb 1000 times its weight in water! Think of HA as a sponge; it is precisely that moisture-binding characteristic that makes HA so crucial when it comes to skin aging.

As we age, our skin changes. These changes go beyond the development of lines, wrinkles and sagginess. Our skin gradually loses its natural HA content and with it, the ability to maintain this vital, plumping moisture. In fact, between the ages of 40-50, skin loses 50% of the HA it once had at 20 years of age.

The results are visible:

  • loss of firmness,
  • loss of elasticity,
  • diminished plumpness, and
  • duller, dryer and older looking skin.

Products and treatments which replenish the skin with HA aim at restoring the skin’s ability to hold moisture and in doing so, revitalize its outer layer. Once re-infused with HA, the skin will feel:

  • softer,
  • smoother,
  • plumper,
  • tighter,
  • younger,
  • more elastic, and
  • radiant, glowing, and hydrated.

Knowing all this makes it easy to understand where all the hype about Hyaluronic Acid comes from.

What are some of the products and treatments that contain Hyaluronic Acid?

Dermal Fillers

All dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Teosyal, and Restylane, are HA-based. In these instances, the HA is injected at a deeper level than the skin to create support volume and fullness, but it still contributes to replenishing our tissues with HA.

Restylane SkinBooster

This is an exciting new tool at our disposal. It is specifically designed to replenish HA at the skin level, for the exact purpose of giving the skin back its ability to retain moisture and render it more hydrated, elastic and younger looking.

SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier

This is one of our new skin care products and is rapidly becoming a favourite. SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier is a multifunctional corrective serum that helps amplify the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid levels by as much as 30%, helping improve smoothness, firmness, plumpness and elasticity in as little as 12 weeks. This product is ideal for all skin types.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

This product contains a mix of 5 HA forms to smooth the skin. What’s more, it supports the skin’s ability to replenish its own HA for overall skin health and continuous skin hydration throughout the day.

As you can see, HA provides a wealth of benefits to all skin types. If you’re looking for youthful, full skin, look no further! Contact our clinic today to get started with an expert consultation.

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Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.