CBD Benefits for the Skin.
In the last number of years, CBD has been gaining popularity as a treatment for everything from menopause to insomnia and chances are, you know someone who rubs their joints with CBD balm before bed or takes a drop of CBD oil before bed to help them sleep or ease anxiety.
CBD is a natural compound extracted from the cannabis plant and studies have shown that CBD can help the skin look more youthful and radiant and could slow down the visible signs of ageing. Due to these new findings, CBD has started to be used in skin-care creams, soaps, and all manner of skin and body products promising to smooth wrinkles, prevent and treat acne, and alleviate dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. But does it work?
What is CBD
CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is the non-intoxicating component and is one of the 140 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Another notable cannabinoid is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” that people may associate with cannabis.
There are many different varieties of cannabis plants and each contains different levels of cannabinoids. Most CBD oil is made from industrial hemp, usually, cannabis Sativa plants as they usually contain far more CBD and almost no THC, the CBD is extracted from the plant and mix it with a carrier oil to produce CBD oil.
CBD oil comes in many different strengths, and people can use it in many ways such as applying it directly to the skin, taking it orally such as, or tincture oil, teas and tablets or adding it to body creams or lotions.
What is the difference between hemp, and CBD?
Hemp seed oil is an omega-rich oil sourced from the seeds of the hemp plant, these seeds don’t contain cannabinoids and only contain trace amounts of CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is sourced from hemp usually cannabis Sativa stems and stalks. This plant is rich in cannabinoids and contains minimal to undetectable levels of THC. CBD can be sourced from both marijuana and hemp plants. Only CBD sourced from industrial hemp plants is legal. CBD has shown to help with many health issues such as anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, menopause, MS arthritis, joint pain, endometriosis, IBS, migraine, essential tremor, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and many other conditions.
A lot of big beauty companies have started to have to introduce a range of CBD products. On inspection of ingredients, these products usually contain CBD hemp seed oil which is not the same as CBD. The amount of CBD in any product should be listed on the label and the lab should be available to view. If a CBD product does not state the amount of CBD in milligram (mg), it probably does not contain CBD.
Why is CBD good for the skin?
Acne is one of the most common skin and CBD contains many compounds with oil-reducing, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that may help improve acne. Studies suggest that CBD oil may be beneficial for several different skin conditions, including acne, dry skin conditions such as eczema rosacea, as well as having anti-ageing properties.
Does CBD help acne-prone skin?
Acne-prone skin can be very uncomfortable and distressing for the person and can affect them in many ways. Acne skincare products need to soothe and calm the skin, reduce breakouts and redness is important.
Numerous studies have shown that when CBD oil is applied directly onto the skin it has soothing benefits making CBD a perfect addition for acne-prone skin.
Research also shows that CBD can help to decrease excess oil production and balance the amount of natural oil the skin produces. A 2014 study explored the effects of CBD on human sebocytes. These are the cells that create sebum, Sebum is designed to protect our skin, however excessive sebum can also result in acne. The study showed that CBD can prevent these cells from creating too much sebum which is known to increase acne and spots.
CBD to help dry and sensitive skin.
One of the benefits of CBD is that it has been found to have fantastic soothing properties and can calm the skin, reducing skin sensitivity, such as redness and inflammation.
A 2019 study suggested CBD may be useful for treating skin conditions, such as dryness and itching. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis symptoms
As CBD oil can help soothe skin and reduce the appearance of irritation, it may be
CBD for skin ageing and wrinkles
It’s not surprising that CBD oil also has antioxidant anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent and reduce the visible signs of ageing. CBD helps counteract free-radical damage and reduce the look of inflammation, reduce wrinkles, skin dullness, and balance skin tone.
CBD is also a perfect after-sun skin care product, not only can help to reduce the damage from the sun done but can help reduce the pain and inflammation of sunburn.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it’s also what we show to the world.
We all have Cannabinoid receptors in all of the different complex cells that make up our skin. Scientists are beginning to understand CBD has a positive effect on the skin and how it helps control skin homeostasis.
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) of our skin is emerging as a key player in this balance, controlling normal skin barrier function, growth and maturation of different types of skins cells and skin inflammation.
When buying CBD there are a few things that you should always check to ensure you are getting what you are paying for. So, we have put together a buyer’s guide to help you.
You don’t even have to buy a new skincare product, add a few drops of natural oil to your usual face cream and get all CBD benefits.
Isn’t it time you tried a few drops of CBD on your skin?
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