Hyaluronic acid is everywhere lately. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is produced naturally in the body and play a huge part in skin repair and cell turnover, in particular, in the epidermis. It assist in repairing sun damage, healing cuts, preventing cartilage to be squeezed flat (like when you bend your ear or press firmly, it returns to normal shape upon release), and more biological nonsense. HA is basically a ring around a human cell that hydrates the cell, explaining why when you get a sunburn your skin gets really dry, dead, and peels. Upon 'injury,' the affected skin cells stop producing as much HA and skin cells are on the fast track to death. Now, it has been synthesized and isolated for everything from facial creams to butt implantation.
Artists, a recent study's research suggests that one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water. The salt version of HA is known as sodium hyaluronate (SH), and it has a much smaller molecular size, allowing it to penetrate the skin more effectively. Since SH can hold 1000 times its weight in water, it becomes clear why HA and SH are making their way into skin care serums and creams at such a rapid pace. One of the best ways to combat aging is skin hydration, duh. Additionally, if you want that booty but you don't have enough fat to extract from another body part for injection (a problem faced by 90% of Americans) or you are terrified of 'relocated' fat migration? Well all of you body artists, pop on over to your favorite plastic surgeon---if you live in LA, you're probably already there---to get a syringe full of hyaluronic acid shot into your rear and open the floodgates, so to speak. Let's just hope they don't leak like Katrina.