The world of fashion always has new trends and advances to offer that gradually become available for everyone’s benefit. From the latest devices to remove cellulite, new facial masks give luminosity to our skin or delay the inevitable passage of time.
The truth about this progress is that it does not seem that it will stop shortly, and we are sure that people (mostly women) appreciate this. When we think of ageing, we generally think of how it affects our face.
Then comes the thought of damaged and wrinkled skin. And while many beauty products claim to help you reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin, it may be the right choice for you to take a minute to explore why CBD should be one of your first choices.
What is CBD, and what can it do for you?
The first thing that you need to know is that CBD is not psychoactive. CBD is one of more than 100 naturally produced chemical compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD acts directly on our Endocannabinoid System (ECS)(1), located within the central and peripheral nervous systems. The ECS’s main objective is to guarantee the balance of the body (homeostasis) to ensure the proper functioning of our immune and nervous systems.
The ECS consists of a system of receptors to which endocannabinoids (which we continuously secrete, naturally) bind. Also, in individual plants, some components have the same chemical nature as the endocannabinoids we secrete, and they are known as “phytocannabinoids.” When they react with our body cells, they trigger multiple signaling cascades that lead to the maintenance of the skins’ homeostasis and modulate the immune system’s response against imbalances such as acne, itching seborrhea, or inflammation.
The scientific key
The fact that CBD is a cannabinoid means that it can connect directly with two neurotransmitters that play an essential role in communicating inflammation and pain to the brain. For this reason, treatments with this active ingredient are being developed to cure skin problems with an inflammatory process and an autoimmune component, such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis(2), and rosacea.
The best thing about it? In addition to being very useful in this field, it is also effective in the acne’s area because it balances sebum production while calming inflammation, providing mattifying and nourishing results.
Among the many benefits associated with CBD treatments, it is worth mentioning that it calms and reduces redness, it provides hydration (among its components, it contains almost 85% essential fatty acids, which makes it an exceptional nutritional asset that also regulates sebaceous production and helps balance the epidermis) that protects against environmental aggressions, and it reduces fatigue (as it acts directly on the cannabinoid receptors of the central nervous system, relaxing and calming it, thus reducing anxiety and improving mood.), which results in more radiant, bright and uniform skin.
What about its anti-aging effects?
For many people, skin aging is a significant problem. Wrinkles have turned out to be something uncomfortable and annoying that many people do not accept in their bodies. Another healing result that CBD possesses is its nourishing effect on the skin by promoting proper cell proliferation and differentiation.
Its potent antioxidant properties (as it is capable of preventing oxidative damage to the skin much more effectively than vitamin C) surpass those of its competitors. It is currently being used in anti-aging creams. For those with certain skin conditions, CBD may be especially helpful in promoting more efficient cell differentiation.
What are these antioxidants that we are talking about?
If you are not familiar with antioxidants or free radicals, this is what you need to know:
- Antioxidants are molecules that fight the effects of free radicals.
- Free radicals are unstable atoms, and at high levels, they can have a detrimental effect on your body.
- Free radicals are not all bad; if you have moderate levels, your body can use them to fight infection. The truth is, you need the right balance of free radicals and antioxidants in your body to stay healthy.
- When you have more free radicals than antioxidants in your body, this creates oxidative stress. These free radicals can assault your skin, damage healthy skin cells, and create oxidative stress, which plays a vital role in the aging process.
- We can get antioxidants by eating lots of vegetables and fruits (especially those rich in vitamin C and E) and drinking green tea. We can also obtain them from cannabis through THC and CBD.
What CBD products can I use for skincare?
CBD is a very versatile component that comes in all kinds of presentations and samples. Fortunately, many people can consume CBD through many products, such as oils, creams, or even vaping or smoking, as it is traditionally done with marijuana. However, in the case of skincare, CBD is usually consumed topically.
People who use it usually apply it to their skin with three products, mainly. Oil, which is generally ingested in drops, can also be applied to different body parts. However, the most common forms are creams and balms, as well as lotions. Soaps are also suitable alternatives, mainly when applied for infections.
CBD oil: CBD oil is usually mixed with other products, such as hyaluronic acid. In this case, it has excellent application for such problems as acne, psoriasis, and others of an inflammatory nature.
Creams, lotions, and balms: Through them, the relief of different ailments that may occur on the skin can be achieved. A CBD lotion or cream can help you soothe and treat a variety of conditions such as contact dermatitis and serve as rejuvenating treatments. There are also CBD hair lotions that greatly benefit the scalp and hand and body creams.
Soap: Yes, although it seems incredible, there are already soaps made from CBD. This is one of the methods that has become popular more recently, and it allows the skin to benefit in a constant and less invasive way. Soaps that contain CBD can also be used in the treatment of acne and other skin conditions and is a healthy alternative to cleaning your skin.
CBD and the future of skincare
The more CBD is studied as a skincare substance, the greater its potential as a treatment for numerous skin conditions appears to be. It is still too early to say how exactly CBD can be used in medicinal remedies, but at least there are clear indications of its many benefits for the skin.