Is A Wrinkle-Fighting Pill In Our Future? Well, Studies Suggest Hyaluronic Capsules Might Do Just That

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Women probably spend the equivalent of our national deficit trying to stop the aging process and to battle, prevent, or eradicate wrinkles and fine lines, relying on everything from creams to serums to procedures to fad diets. Okay, so maybe it's not that much, but it's a lot, as evidenced by the copious product options lining drugstore shelves and department store counters. But what about a pill? Is there a pill that could prevent wrinkles?

Wrinkle fighting and prevention is an active, and some might even say, aggressive, process. You have to specifically put potions and ointments on your skin, or book appointments, and be vigilant about the skincare regimens. It would be nice if you could do something equally (or even more) effective, but significantly more passive. Like take a supplement.

Well, Allure reports that a supplement with hyaluronic acid, which is already present in the body, could have supreme anti-aging properties. Hyaluronic acid is already utilized in creams and fillers, since it can plump the skin and soften lines. And those are just the external uses and benefits. Studies indicate when the hyaluronic acid is taken internally in pill form, it has even further value.

In a study, women with dry skin took a hyaluronic acid pill every day for one-to-two months and they were compared to those who took placebo pills. Those who took the hyaluronic pill had better hydrated skin and some even experienced reduced wrinkles.

The ingested versions of hyaluronic acid are more advantageous than the cream versions, since they are able to penetrate even further skin layers and they can treat the entire body, not just the area on which the cream is used. Scientists say that the pills also stimulate skin cells to make more of the hyaluronic acid.

So there's that. It's a lot to, well, digest.

When can we start popping these babies? Well, that's TBD. Obviously, the supplements have proven impressive in research studies and the supplement has been used to treat problem joints. But their future as an anti-wrinkle crusader is uncertain.

You can bet that I will file hyaluronic acid in my mental hard drive and pay attention when I see it mentioned in my beauty travels.

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