Natural Facelift Massage Billings MT

Hyaluronic acid is gelatinous material—a component of our connective tissue—is found in almost every cell in the body, where it performs a number of functions including cushioning the joints, protecting the eyes, adding volume to the hair, and lubricating the skin. Fully 50 percent of HA resides in the skin, from the deep dermal to the visible epidermal layers. Some research has linked oral HA supplementation to a 40 percent decrease in the time it takes wounds to heal.

Sage Spa Salon
(406) 294-7243
2710 1st Ave N
Billings, MT

Data Provided by:
Indulgence Inc
(406) 245-7111
2301 Montana Ave
Billings, MT
 
Ritzz Salon
(406) 652-0555
2646 Grand Ave
Billings, MT
 
Cin City Tattoo Company
(406) 839-9393
2075 Central Ave Suite B
Billings, MT
 
Professional Permanent Makeup
(406) 839-9112
71 25th St W
Billings, MT
 
Nicco International
(406) 259-2524
2708 2nd Ave N
Billings, MT
 
Violet Beauty Boutique
(406) 259-0460
511 N 30th St
Billings, MT
 
Mary Kay Cosmetics
(406) 656-3195
3020 Marguerite Blvd
Billings, MT
 
Blanco Blanco Hair Designers
(406) 256-1234
1840 Virginia Ln
Billings, MT

Data Provided by:
Tanz & Things
(406) 655-4200
1844 Broadwater Ave
Billings, MT
 
Data Provided by:

Natural Radiance—Give Your Face a Lift

Provided by: 

By Jennifer Winger

When it comes to skin, fighting the signs of aging can feel like an uphill battle. But now those fretting over fine lines and wrinkles have another weapon in their cosmetic arsenal: hyaluronic acid (HA), a little-known molecule that can smooth and soften skin.

This gelatinous material—a component of our connective tissue—is found in almost every cell in the body, where it performs a number of functions including cushioning the joints, protecting the eyes, adding volume to the hair, and lubricating the skin. Fully 50 percent of HA resides in the skin, from the deep dermal to the visible epidermal layers. Some research has linked oral HA supplementation to a 40 percent decrease in the time it takes wounds to heal.

What makes this molecule add suppleness to skin? Its unique rope-like shape increases its surface area, allowing it to retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This water-binding property, some believe, makes HA a particularly potent ingredient in any skin care regimen.

In youth, our skin is toned and smooth. But as we age, among other physiological changes, the body loses its ability to maintain sufficient levels of HA. Also collagen—the main protein of connective tissue responsible for skin elasticity—becomes flaccid and weak, allowing fine lines and crow’s feet to develop. Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that may plump sagging skin and restore a dewy complexion.

“Hyaluronic acid pulls water to itself then expands and becomes like a cushion of water molecules, like gelatin,” explains Anna Ragaz, MD, a holistic dermatologist and founder of the Anna Ragaz Institute for Anti-Aging in Seattle.

Hyaluronic acid comes in three kinds of products—oral supplements, topical creams, and injections. The first two are readily available on store shelves. The third requires a physician’s hand and a product such as Restylane, Hylaform, or Captique, brand names for plumping alternatives to collagen injections.

How HA works is still a bit of a mystery. Researchers think instead of creating new fat to flesh out wrinkles like collagen injections, HA either penetrates deep within the skin scaffolding to moisturize and deliver nutrients to overextended collagen, or when applied topically it sits on the surface, creating a humectant barrier that encourages the skin to snag water molecules, making it appear smoother.

What medium best delivers HA to the skin? That, too, remains open to discussion. According to Ragaz, research supports HA’s power as a wrinkle smoother when injected as a “filler.” Others champion topical hyaluronic acid. According to Darren Landis, of Hyalogic LLC Co., a manufacturer of HA-boosted serum and lotions, using an HA serum or cream, in combination with healthy habits, can yield results in as little as two weeks.

Finally, the issue may come down to ease of use and cost. The effects of one injection treatment can last for six months and may cost between $500 and $1,000. Makers of topical prod...

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...