The times when facelift scars were part of the good tone and women lost their facial expressions and had doll faces are over. But if you think that the discreet reduction of wrinkles is also no longer "in", you are wrong. On the contrary - the gentle filling of wrinkles, by means of hyaluronic acid, enjoys enormous popularity.
Few people want to be completely "ironed" and free of wrinkles. Finally, wrinkles are also a sign of life experience. Nevertheless, it probably does not bother if a few wrinkles are "hidden". And exactly this "hiding" is not a problem, if natural wrinkle fillers, which are produced by the body itself, are used. We are talking about hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to regulate the water content present in the connective tissue. One gram of hyaluronic acid can bind six liters of water! This is exactly the reason why our skin remains not only elastic, but also smooth.
But what exactly is hyaluronic acid? The term refers to an endogenous substance that smoothes the skin and ensures that it remains elastic.
The smoothing agent - hyaluronic acid
However, the problem is that over time the body can no longer produce enough hyaluronic acid. From the age of 40, production is reduced by around 50 percent; from the age of 60, the body produces just 10 percent of hyaluronic acid. The skin dries out, becomes brittle and wrinkles appear. Furthermore, the skin also becomes increasingly sensitive. The health industry has naturally recognized that hyaluronic acid is a "cure" for wrinkle-prone skin. Thus creams with hyaluronic acid are produced or also the possibilities are given that hyaluronic acid can be injected directly into the wrinkles. Sometimes, however, hyaluronic acid can also be swallowed in capsule or tablet form.
Hyaluronic acid is available as a cream, in a syringe or as a capsule.
Artificial hyaluronic acid enjoys the advantage that it is recognized by the human metabolism as an endogenous substance. Even if the hyaluronic acid was produced from other substances. For years, for example, the body's own active ingredient was extracted from rooster combs. However, due to the foreign animal proteins, there was a risk that treatment with hyaluronic acid could trigger allergic reactions. Today, cock combs are mainly dispensed with and "vegetarian hyaluronic acid" is produced. This synthetic variant can be produced from enzymes or with the help of bacteria. By the way, controlled natural cosmetics may produce hyaluron only from enzymatic-biotechnological production.
It should be noted that the hyaluronic acid creams, hyaluronic acid injections or even the hyaluronic acid tablets not only wonderfully reduce wrinkles, but also have different effects.
By means of hyaluronic acid injections, it is possible to treat not only a few wrinkles, but sometimes entire wrinkle regions (for example, in the mouth area). The result is a kind of padding of the wrinkles. This is because the hyaluronic acid fillers offer the possibility that they provide the wrinkles with volume; subsequently, the additional water that is in the skin is bound, so that an even stronger effect occurs. The results of those treatments are immediately visible - but mainly "only" for the patients. Outsiders will notice a subtle change, but will not immediately think that "proper work on fighting wrinkles" has been done here. Susanne Gans, cosmetician, chemist and expert of Speick, a natural cosmetics brand, is also convinced of hyaluron. "The local injection by means of the hyaluronic acid guarantees the most effective procedure against wrinkles".
But there are also downsides. The treatment costs 300 euros, with no upper limits. Furthermore, if the patient wants to "pad" his wrinkles again, he must repeat the treatment. The time window is six or twelve months. The patient must also be aware that such sessions can sometimes be unpleasant; the treated area after the treatment is gently reddened, swollen and may - rarely but still - have bruises.
Susanne Gans also knows that creams containing hyaluronic acid are effective, but have a shortened effect than those treatments in which hyaluronic acid is injected directly under the wrinkles. Nowadays, hyaluronic acid is integrated into day or night creams, so there is no extra effort, except that the cream must be applied regularly. The prices for such creams are low. Moreover, those who regularly use creams containing hyaluronic acid supply their skin - evenly - with the body's own active ingredient. Another advantage is that there is no pain - in the form of punctures - either. However, it must be mentioned that the active ingredient of the creams can penetrate just to the third layer of the skin. However, since the skin consists of seven layers, there is only a surface effect.
Hyaluronic acid is also available in capsule or tablet form, and ampoules are also available. In this case, the hyaluronic acid can enter the body directly via the metabolism and stimulate the skin layers - from the inside - and also drive the body's own production of hyaluronic acid. Until quite some time ago, taking hyaluronic acid tablets was considered ineffective. Mainly because the body could not absorb the molecule at all and thus support of the skin and joints was not possible. However, manufacturing processes have been developed so that this problem could also be solved. The same rule applies to tablets or capsules that can be applied to creams: High hyaluronic acid concentrations have a much more intensive effect than smaller amounts. For this reason, care should be taken to ensure that products - which have a concentration of at least 100 mg - are taken daily. Example: 45-day course of Hyaluronfiller from Proceanis Healthcare. Cost: 85 euros.
"Oral preparations have a longer average start-up time than injections. Mainly because they cannot have a targeted effect here," says Gans. However, tablets have a deeper effect than creams, are also significantly cheaper than any injection treatments and also ensure pain-free treatment. Also the unsightly swellings as well as reddenings do not occur. And the tablets enjoy the advantage that not only the skin is supported, but also the joints, ligaments and tendons.
Hyaluronic acid as a lubricant
Because hyaluronic acid not only plumps up wrinkles on the neck, face or décolleté. Hyaluronic acid is also the main component of joint fluid - the body's own lubricant. Hyaluronic acid also keeps ligaments and tendons healthy and gives them the necessary strength. So if the body produces less hyaluronic acid, not only the skin suffers, but also the synovial fluid and subsequently the joints, ligaments and tendons. For this reason, taking hyaluronic acid also helps people who already complain of joint pain. Therefore, those who opt for the hyaluronic acid cure in tablet form not only help their skin, but also support the joints.