As Derek Zoolander famously says, “moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Despite being a movie quote from a fictional male model, there is some truth — we know hydrated skin is firmer and more radiant, but why? One answer is to look at hyaluronic acid.

Dr. Bill Andriopoulos, Global Head of Medical Affairs in Aesthetics at Galderma, expands on this and how to help your skin regain and maintain a hydrated glow.

Mediaplanet: What is hyaluronic acid?

Dr. Bill Andriopoulos: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar molecule which is naturally found in our bodies and offers support and structure to our tissues. It is a water-loving substance that has many functions.

HA keeps our skin hydrated and firm through its unique ability to attract and bind to water molecules giving skin its firmness, elasticity, and radiance; it also provides support and structure to the skin and protects it from damage

How does the level of hyaluronic acid in our bodies change as we age? How does this affect our skin?

As we age the natural production of HA by our bodies slows down — generally around the age of 25. As HA production slows down our skin can become thinner, dehydrated, and less firm. Essentially our skin loses its radiance and youthful appearance.

At the same time, the natural ageing process drives changes to the underlying bone structure of the face, which can lead to a lack of definition in facial contours, such as our cheeks.

Why is it rising in popularity to use hyaluronic acid in skincare products and treatments? 

There are three main reasons for this. First, there is an increased acceptance for aesthetic treatments; second, an increased desire for aesthetic treatments, heavily influenced by social media; and third, facial injections with HA are a non-surgical alternative to improving skin radiance.

What treatment options does Galderma offer that integrates hyaluronic acid into their products? How does it differ from other treatments on the market?

One of Galderma’s most exciting options are our Restylane Skinboosters Vital Lidocaine and Vital Light Lidocaine.  Although still an injectable treatment it is different from dermal fillers which are used to lift, fill, or volumize in facial rejuvenation treatments Restylane Skinboosters are designed to improve skin elasticity.

"The results are clinically proven to restore radiance by improving skin elasticity, [and] also improves skin smoothness and appearance."

Restylane Skinboosters have a very small particle size and a stabilized hyaluronic acid in the gel. The unique characteristics of the gel help maintain the effect for a long period of time. The treatment requires a series of microinjections and multiple treatments of the soft, gel-like substance hyaluronic acid (HA) into the skin. The results are clinically proven to restore radiance by improving skin elasticity, plus Restylane Skinboosters Vital Lidocaine also improves skin smoothness and appearance.

Who could benefit from these treatments? Where on the skin can it be beneficial?

Restylane Skinboosters are ideal for patients with younger skin who want to progressively improve skin elasticity for a glowing skin. For patients with mature skin Restylane Skinboosters Vital Lidocaine improves skin elasticity, smoothness, and appearance. 

In both sets of patients, the HA attracts and binds water within the skin. Both products are designed to address concerns on the lower cheek and jawline of the face. In addition to the facial area, Vital Light Lidocaine is indicated for the upper neck area, and Vital Lidocaine for the back of the hands.

MP Are there any risks I should be aware of if I think this could benefit me?

All injection procedures carry some degree of risk, so the most important consideration is to select your injector carefully. Find one with a solid reputation, who takes his/her time to assess and discuss your needs, what is achievable, and what the potential risks are, and discuss if these products are right for you.

What is the first step I should take if I think hyaluronic acid could benefit me?

Book a consultation with a healthcare professional who has a solid reputation, and who will give you a personalized assessment and treatment for your unique and individual needs. 

Ask your healthcare professional if Restylane Skinboosters is right for you.