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Everyone loves a fresh, vibrant look, and there’s no question that healthy, luscious lips can help you achieve it. Enter the wonders of hyaluronic acid!
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in the human body that looks like a clear and gooey liquid. The basic function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water to keep your tissues soft, act as a cushion for your joints, and provide lubrication for seamless movement. It’s naturally found in the highest quantities in your eyes and joints.
However, for beauty purposes, hyaluronic acid is either made from bacteria in a lab or taken out of rooster combs. Hyaluronic acid has multiple uses and is often consumed as a supplement or used in the form of eye drops, a topical serum, or a lip injection.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Work?
In skincare, hyaluronic acid is very important. Almost 50% of the total hyaluronic acid in your body is found in your skin. Hyaluronic acid works as a humectant, meaning it's a substance that attracts moisture and minimizes its loss to keep your skin feeling supple and soft.
Even cooler, hyaluronic acid is capable of binding water in the skin more than 1000 times its weight and helps bind water to collagen, trapping it in your skin. Collagen production is part of what helps give your skin a plump and youthful look.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is extremely beneficial, especially as you age. As you get older, your skin produces less hyaluronic acid. Free radicals and oxidative damage can also drain your skin of hyaluronic acid and leave it looking dry and dull, which may have you relying on caffeine for eyes for a natural boost in the mornings.
So it makes sense that supplemental use of hyaluronic acid––whether internally or externally––is very important in helping you maintain healthy skin, hair, and lips. At Honest®, we’ve created a variety of brightening skin care products to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
The Allure of Fuller Lips
Your lips are a prominent part of your face that attract quite a bit of attention when you speak. In many cultures and societies, fuller lips are associated with sensuality, youthfulness, and generosity.
In popular culture, fuller lips have been in style for many years now. However, instead of the overly-plumped, doll-like effect often seen on social media, most people in real life are just looking to achieve well-defined lips and find a great lip product that enhances their natural shape and size. This is where hyaluronic acid truly shines.
As you age, your lips start to lose volume and look thinner than when you were younger. This is because you are not producing as much collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin as you once did. Plus, your skin’s oil glands are essential in helping fight against fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and dryness. Unlike your skin, your lips don’t have any oil glands, which unfortunately means they’re the first part of your face to start showing signs of aging.
The result is lips that look less full, have lost some of their natural color, and appear less defined. As you can see, that means hyaluronic acid is pretty key in helping those lips of yours to remain youthful, plump, and––ahem––thoroughly kissable!
Lip Fillers with Hyaluronic Acid
When on the hunt for an effective lip filler, hyaluronic acid filler is highly-favored, and possibly one of the safest options. Found naturally in your body, it’s considered a clean ingredient, and since it breaks down slowly over time, it can help minimize artificial lips, resulting in a look that’s more subtle and natural.
Additionally, hyaluronic acid filler is derived from natural sugar, which means it has very low allergen risks associated with it, even for sensitive people. Plus, it's able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it ideal for locking in moisture and hydrating the surface of your lips. Extra lip hydration helps give your lips the appearance of fullness. Our Gloss-C lip gloss is infused with hyaluronic acid for long lasting hydration.
Moral of the story? Hyaluronic acid works great as a lip plumping product, helping to fill in cracks on the surface of your lips and keep the cells loaded with moisture. However, since it's natural and does break down inside your body, hyaluronic acid needs to be continuously and consistently used to maintain its plumping effect.
Other Ways to Use Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid can help not only to enhance the natural shape of your lips, but it can also be used to adjust any asymmetries, reshape your cupid’s bow, and reduce or enhance other aspects of your lips. Hyaluronic acid injections can even be used to treat areas around your mouth too, like wrinkles, nasolabial folds, drooping corners, and more.
So whenever you want a little extra boost, hyaluronic acid is the bee’s knees, in our Honest® and humble opinion. However, at the end of the day, with or without lip fillers, be kind to yourself because you are beautiful exactly as you are!
At Honest® we’re here to help you on your journey to developing your best skincare routine yet. Whether you’re wondering how to get brighter skin or “Is vitamin C good for skin?”, we share these answers on our blog.