Dehydration through the years
If you are like me, you drink 1/2 your body weight in water daily, and you get tested and are told you are 40% dehydrated and your are perplexed. The reason is Hyaluronic Acid (HA). And as we age, the collagen in skin loses its ability to hold its shape. We can blame this on decreased hyaluronic acid production: By age 70, most people will have lost approximately 80 percent of the hyaluronic acid they had at 40. As a result, the collagen fibers become fewer and farther between. As the network of collagen and hyaluronic acid shrinks, the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Glands that secret natural oils also wither away, causing skin to become dry and itchy. Think of Collagen like a rubber band. For example, take an old dried up rubber band and stretch that rubber band a million times long than its original shape. Eventually that rubber band gets overstretched (saggy) and dried out and will most likely break. This is how collagen in our skin reacts as we lose moisture. Now imagine that same rubber band stretched a million times while under water the whole time. Chances of that rubber band drying out and breaking are minimal. Consider the Hyaluronic Acid as the water that keeps the collagen moist and elastic. Collagen is continuously surrounded and nourished by the gelatinous HA substance. Young skin is smooth and highly elastic because it contains high concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin stay elastic and healthy.
As we grow older, the body loses its ability to maintain this same concentration in the skin. With decreasing levels of HA in the skin, so goes the ability of the skin to hold water. As a result, the skin becomes drier and loses its ability to maintain it’s hydration. Hyaluronic acid acts as a space filler by binding to water and thus keeping the skin wrinkle-free.
OK, so now what? What can you do about it? You can start by drinking Hyaluronic acid. Injecting your face with HA and Collagen not only hurts but does not address the body’s hydration or collagen issues (saggy, crepey and lose skin). In fact, HA and Collagen injections are just a quick fix, not a real fix. So LED Skin Care offers a hydrating Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Condroitin solution.
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You can spend hundreds – even thousands of dollars each year on topical moisturizers that help soften your skin and in injections to plump out wrinkles and sunken cheeks. But if you want to truly give your skin the moisture it needs to maintain elasticity, strengthen collagen and minimize wrinkles, it’s a good idea to increase your levels of hyaluronic acid, but how can we do that?
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