Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

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To help your skin stay hydrated, supple, and healthier-looking, hyaluronic acid (quite the mouthful) is a popular skin care ingredient that’s getting added to beauty products, from moisturizers and serums to sheet masks and more. Nowadays, you’ll also find it combined with CBD face oil for additional skincare benefit.

So, why is hyaluronic acid deemed a must-have for your daily skin care ritual? 

We’ve put the spotlight on this hydration-attracting ingredient. You’ll learn what hyaluronic acid is and the benefits in store for your skin when it’s added to beauty products. 

What Is Hyaluronic Acid? 

Hyaluronic acid (HA), also known as hyaluronan, is a simple glycosaminoglycan. It’s made up of polymeric disaccharides (or polysaccharides), which are sugar molecules found naturally in our eyes, skin, and connective tissue. 

In Hyaluronic Acid: The Scientific and Clinical Evidence, the author’s state that HA’s role in your body is to provide hydration, compression strength, and lubrication to the cells. 

According to a 2021 review, as a humectant, HA has a high water-binding capacity. It can bind up to 1,000 times its volume. This means that hyaluronic acid is like a sponge, attracting water from your environment where it binds with collagen. The HA traps the moisture in the upper levels of the skin. As a result, the skin appears more hydrated and plumper.

When we combine hyaluronic acid with CBD (in products like CBD face oil), it creates a powerful hydration combination and boosts skin health. 

Why Have We Added Hyaluronic Acid into Our CBD face oil?

HA is considered a gold standard ingredient. Thanks to its ability to hydrate skin (and various other benefits it offers), the demand for hyaluronic acid skin care products is skyrocketing. 

According to Grand View Research, market analysts predict that the global HA product market will increase by 7.19 percent. It will likely increase from $8.87 billion in 2021 to $14.42 billion over the next seven years.   

Why do formulation labs include hyaluronic acid in beauty products when our bodies naturally manufacture it? 

There are two reasons: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging. 

Intrinsic, or innate, aging is unavoidable. A 2012 study states that as our bodies age and we experience hormonal changes, we naturally lose hyaluronic acid and collagen. The result is dehydrated, less elastic skin that shows wrinkles and the effects of aging more easily. 

The same study reveals that extrinsic and photoaging happens because we are exposed to external factors like ultraviolet radiation (from the sun, heaters, tanning beds, etc.), harsh weather, and air pollution. This exposure causes tiny breaks in your skin’s protective barrier, which causes hydration loss. 

Because of intrinsic and extrinsic aging, we need beauty products (like our CBD face oil or CBD face serum) with hyaluronic acid.

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Hyaluronic Acid: An all natural and safe skincare ingredient we love.

Top 3 Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Your Skin 

You already have an idea of HA’s benefits when you use skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid, but let’s explore these pros in more detail.  

1. Increases Hydration 

The #1 benefit that skin care brands rage about is how HA increases hydration.  

The 2021 review paper states that because of the high molecular weight of HA, it forms a viscoelastic film, and as such it moisturizes your skin. Hyaluronic acid’s hygroscopic properties also help the skin maintain hydration once you apply an HA beauty product.  

Hydrated skin has many advantages. Dehydrated skin compromises your skin’s protective barriers, causing skin conditions like rosacea, acne, dry skin, and atopic dermatitis, as well as infection when bacteria sets up shop under your skin barriers. 

Our CBD face serum Sunshine Serum – CBD + Vitamin ‘C’ Serum contains hyaluronic acid. Together with vitamins C and E and fatty acids, it feeds your skin tissue, counteract dryness, and more. 

2. Works for All Skin Types 

Do you have sensitive skin? Many of us with skin sensitivities are worried about using certain products that may be harsh or which could exacerbate our sensitive skin conditions. 

Because it naturally occurs in our bodies, HA is non-irritating. However, an allergic reaction can occur, but it’s extremely rare.  

3. Has Anti-Aging Properties    

Hyaluronic acid can enhance your skin’s elasticity and firmness, as well as reduce wrinkle depth. 

A 2014 study found that when the women applied a topical HA solution twice a day over eight weeks, wrinkle depth decreased by 40 percent. What’s more, the skin’s firmness and elasticity increased by 55 percent. 

Looking for a great HA-infused anti-wrinkle serum? Our Gone in an Instant – CBD Instant Wrinkle Serum doubles as a makeup primer. The CBD face serum also contains retinyl palmitate esters to ensure your skin looks more nourished and younger. 

We are All in: Hyaluronic Acid is Good for Your Skin

When hyaluronic acid is part of the formulation of your beauty products, like CBD face oil or a CBD face Serum, and you use it according to the label instructions, your skin can look more youthful and radiant. With increased hydration and plumpness, your skin will become smoother and fuller.