We all know that looking after ourselves on the inside can reflect on the outside – drink 8 glasses of water, eat your greens and you should have glowing skin, right? But how much extra trouble do you go to cleansing, toning, moisturising and generally beautifying-away to achieve a flawless face? What if we told you that taking 2 teaspoons a day of Fountain’s liquid Hyaluronic Molecule Supplement may be the key to maintaining that youthful look? Fountain have termed their liquid Hyaluronic Molecule supplement a ‘Look Good Molecule’ claiming that ‘this concentrated beauty supplement can keep your skin looking plump and happy from within’ – but can we really sip our way to smoother skin?

This little potion from Fountain, the company that also brought us ‘The Beauty Molecule’ and ‘The Geek Molecule’, contains 130mg of hyaluronic molecules per serving, allowing this nifty little ingredient to work from the inside out! Fountain assure us that this ‘Look Good Molecule’ helps to maintain supple joints, smooth, soften and firm skin and even lubricate the eyes to give a more bright-eyed, youthful appearance – now that’s a big ask from such a little serving! Let’s take a look and see if there really is some sort of sorcery going on here…

Health Hero: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA), the star player in this product, is found naturally in the body where its strong hydrating and viscoelastic (that means being both thick and stretchy) properties make it crucial for carrying out a variety of important physiological roles like tissue hydration and protection. Its presence in many of the body’s vital systems such as the lubricating synovial fluid in joints and the vitreous humour (gel-like fluid between the lens and retina) of the eye have led to multiple medical applications of this little marvel. These include injection into osteoarthritic joints to provide mechanical protection and use during eye operations. Some science behind those supple joints and shiny-eyes claims after all then!

Another key organ that HA is found in is the skin, where it forms part of the extracellular matrix (ECM), the surrounding structural and chemical support of skin cells. This ECM contributes to vital cellular functions such as cell-cell signalling and provides mechanical strength to maintain the skin’s structure. Most importantly for its cosmetic purposes, hyaluronic acid is VERY good at retaining water – one molecule alone is capable of holding up to 1000 times its own weight in H₂O in fact! It’s this property that helps to stabilise the ECM, increasing skin tissue volume and elasticity.

However, as we age levels of hyaluronic acid naturally deplete, allowing skin to dry out, lose its integral tissue structure and with it that ‘plump, youthful’ appearance. For this reason hyaluronic acid has been used successfully in cosmetic dermal fillers – but can drinking the stuff really prevent skin from drying out?

Studies investigating the absorption of dietary HA in rats successfully showed that approximately 90% of orally administered HA was absorbed by the digestive tract, suggesting that at least some of this HA can make its way into the body, including the skin. These tests also found that after this ingested HA was used by tissues, 90% or more of these molecules were naturally metabolized and eliminated, suggesting that excessive accumulation within the body did not occur. Although we found multiple studies on the effect of HA (both orally and intravenously administered) as a potential treatment for osteoarthritis, the literature on the effect of oral HA in human skin was limited – perhaps we’ll have to trust the reviews and rat studies on that one!

Grand Old Ginger
Making this daily dose of HA not just a healthy but also a tasty one is skin do-gooder ginger. When ingested, ginger and its metabolites are thought to accumulate within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where it exerts many of its health-promoting benefits such as reducing nausea and easing the symptoms of inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
Ginger has also been used medicinally for centuries, helping to heal burns and improve the appearance of scars when applied topically. It’s wealth of properties can be attributed to ginger’s many biologically active components, the main of which when it comes to skincare is [6]-shogaol, which carries out vital roles as an anti-microbial (helping to fight diseases in the body and even acne when applied topically) and an anti-inflammatory (again fighting inflammation in some GI diseases as well as within common skin complaints). [6]-shogaol’s antioxidant properties also make it a strong defender of damage induced both inside and outside of the body by free radicals that can contribute to a whole host of detrimental effects – including skin ageing and wrinkle formation.

Scientific studies set out to test the effect of [6]-shogaol on cell melanin content (melanin is the major pigment of the skin that can manifest as age-spots in older skin) and thus its effectiveness as a skin-whitener. These studies did in fact find [6]-shogaol to decrease melanin production through a range of cell signalling events, therefore suggesting this component as a potential skin-whitening agent – maybe we’ll be saying hello brighter looking skin? These studies are a little way off showing any true effects on the skin when the compound is taken orally though, so don’t be sold too easily!

It seems that Fountain may well be onto something with their concoction of science-savvy ingredients that leave you both looking and feeling good! Whilst the skin-science side of things is a little way off being proven, the reviews certainly sing their praises, with Boots reviewers reporting ‘glowing skin’ (and even less creaky joints!). One thing’s sure – we want to get our hands on some and test it ourselves! Let’s raise a glass to this ‘Fountain of Youth’ and sip up some savvy science!

If you would like to try the Hyaluronic Molecule for yourself, you can get yours HERE

Dietary hyaluronic acid migrates into the skin of rats.
Hyaluronan, a truly “youthful” polysaccharide. Its medical applications.
Applications and emerging trends of hyaluronic acid in tissue engineering, as a dermal filler and in osteoarthritis treatment.
Oral administration of polymer hyaluronic acid alleviates symptoms of knee osteoarthritis: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study over a 12-month period.
[6]-Shogaol inhibits α-MSH-induced melanogenesis through the acceleration of ERK and PI3K/Akt-mediated MITF degradation.
Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. The Amazing and Mighty Ginger
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