What is Hyaluronic Acid?

...and how does it benefit my skin?

Hyaluronic Acid, also called Hyaluronan or abbreviated HA, is a substance that our own skin cells produce naturally. According to experts, an average 70 kg (154 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is synthesized every day. In terms of beauty benefits for the skin, HA does not create water but rather pulls it from the environment to hydrate the skin’s surface. Its powerful effect comes from its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water molecules, making it useful for skin treatments and hydration. In other words, Hyaluronic Acid attracts and retains water which is what helps to plump and moisturize the skin to diminish and improve expression lines.

What are expression lines?

Expression face wrinkles are exercised through a large number of gestures like laughing, concentrating, eating, speaking, etc. Over time, those wrinkles will look deeper or more pronounced, giving the face a tired or aged expression. Expression lines include for example crow´s feet, at the corner of the eye, frown lines on the forehead and lines around the mouth, the so-called nasolabial folds.

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The different layers of the skin

Um zu verstehen, wie wir unsere Haut im Alter besser pflegen können, müssen wir verstehen, wie unsere Haut zusammengesetzt ist. Die Haut besteht aus 3 Hauptschichten. Die äußerste Hautschicht, die Epidermis oder Oberhaut, ist diejenige, die wir sehen und berühren können. Diese Schicht sagt viel über unsere Gesundheit aus. Ihre Struktur und Zusammensetzung wirkt wie ein Schutzschild gegen äußere Aggressionen, dass sich ständig durch neue Zellentwicklung in den unteren Schichten der Epidermis erneuert. Die meisten kosmetischen Produkte, die wir auf unsere Haut auftragen, bleiben auf dieser Schicht und können nicht tiefer in die Haut eindringen. Die Schicht unter der Epidermis wird als Dermis oder Lederhaut bezeichnet, sie sorgt für Struktur und Halt und liegt über der Unterhaut oder Subcutis, die die Haut mit dem darunter liegenden Fasergewebe der Knochen und Muskeln verbindet. Da wir wissen, dass aktive Inhaltsstoffe am besten in der Haut wirken, stellt sich die Frage, wie man ohne Spritze und andere invasive Treatments, Krähenfüsse natürlich behandeln und Zornesfalten mindern kann.

How can Hyaluronic Acid help to eliminate expression lines?

To improve and diminish expression lines, it is essential to maintain our skin’s optimum water content or moisture level. With age, our skin loses its elasticity preventing water to enter our cells and unhealthy habits and exposure to environmental aggressions, such as the use of tabaco, pollution or UV radiation accelerate this process. Over time, Hyaluronic Acid levels decrease in the epidermis and crow´s feet, nasolabial lines and wrinkles on the forehead are more visible, our skin becomes dry and wrinkled with no radiance or firmness. Just imagine a fresh grape which over time and with lack of moisture turns into a dry raisin. Similarly, when our skin is dehydrated, we see the appearance of fine lines and start looking for solutions to help against wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, to lock in hydration and re-plump our skin. Due to its molecular size, Hyaluronic Acid in regular beauty creams and serums will only stay on the surface of the epidermis, unable to penetrate and thus, losing most of its efficacy. Innovative cosmetic technologies like microstructure patches can deliver HA molecules intradermally and are therefore more effective. 

How do microstructure patches and micro needling patches work?

Microstructure Patches consist of active ingredients on a microneedle technology that deliver the ingredients intradermally within the skin. The AND SHINE Youth Patch uses a patented combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid on a microstructure technology. Because smaller HA particles can be absorbed and melted into the skin more easily, our patches work with HA with a relatively small molecular weight of around 200,000 to 400,000 Dalton (HA molecules generally range between 50,000 and 2,000,000 Dalton). Our delivery system of self-dissolving microneedles allows the powerful molecules to reach the epidermis by penetrating the stratum corneum, the outer most layer of the epidermis. Our microneedles reach a depth of 250 micrometers (um or microns) before they dissolve completely and painlessly into the skin, guaranteeing a delivery rate of over 80% of the ingredients, the highest delivery rate on the market. 

What is the difference between Hyaluronic Acid and Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid?

But hold on, why, in addition to Hyaluronic Acid, does the Youth Patch consist of Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid (CLHA)? CLHA has a series of intermolecular bonds or bridges that allow the molecule to be more stable. The more cross-links, the longer it takes the body to break it down and disintegrate it. As Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid can absorb more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid, it boosts the moisture level of the skin and lasts longer in the skin. Due to this extraordinary mix of ingredients, also including the anti-age peptide ArgirelineTM, the AND SHINE Youth Patch is an effective overnight beauty solution that targets expression lines like crow’s feet, nasolabial fold and wrinkles on the forehead. The Youth Patch is clinically and dermatologically proven to create long-lasting and accumulative skin improvement when used regularly.

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