CBD has entered the mainstream after decades of use across a vast expanse of communities. Cannabidiol, or CBD is a natural compound found in cannabis plants, such as hemp. It is one of the primary active ingredients next to THC. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. Rather, it is effective in alleviating a broad spectrum of ailments, both physical and mental. A dynamic substance, CBD is now incorporated into everything from candles and oils to coffee.
One of its lesser known functions, though, comes in its skin healing properties. By now, everyone knows to look for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties when choosing skincare products. Research shows that CBD produces these effects, in addition to preventing damage from dryness and free radicals. Using CBD-infused products topically on the skin is generally considered safe, and those who have a reaction to a product are likely responding to an ingredient other than the CBD itself.
In addition to being safe and reliable for all skin types, studies have examined how CBD can play a role in facing, and even curing, some of the most challenging skincare issues that we face. Because of its versatility, it can be used as a natural addition to any skincare regimen.
1. Manage Acne and Breakouts
Think unsightly acne and pesky breakouts are a thing of your teenage past? Think again. Acne can follow adults well into their 30s- sometimes, it can even make its debut in adults who never struggled with skin issues as a teen. Acne can come in many forms and is triggered by a variety of things, like excess oil production, clogged pores, stress, poor diet (including one with high sugar), and certain medications.
Here is where CBD can provide double the help. It can fight against swelling and redness with its trademark anti-inflammatory properties while also helping to regulate both oil production and cell growth. It can reduce the production of sebum, which frees up the pores and decreases shine.
2. Anti-aging Properties
Antioxidants come into play again here once more, as they are key for preventing and managing wrinkles and fine lines that develop naturally as we age. As a natural antioxidant, CBD is stronger than both Vitamins E and C. When added to daily moisturizers and sunscreens, CBD can work to protect the skin from pollution, stress, and deterioration which lead to wrinkles. Even though none of us are able to completely escape signs of aging, they can certainly be slowed down with a regular protective layer of CBD.
3. Soothe Certain Skin Diseases
Inflammation in the skin can lead to uncomfortable diseases such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Imbalances in the immune system and fluctuating hormones are among the most common factors contributing to these diseases. CBD has been shown to step in and counteract the inflammatory response by reacting with endocannabinoid receptors in the body, reducing itching, and sometimes eliminating the condition altogether. Plus, it can be used for more serious cases as well as minor irritations and redness.
4. Reduce Puffiness
CBD-infused night creams can go a long way in reducing the appearance of puffy under-eye bags and general tiredness. The Vitamin C that is naturally present in it tightens the skin and increases levels of both collagen and hyaluronic acid, increasing overall firmness and nixing the puff. You can thank CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties once more.
5. Create a Luminous Glow
Everyone’s ultimate skincare goal? Achieving a luminous glow. With CBD oil, it’s more achievable. People may hesitate when hearing the word ‘oil’, especially those who are already prone to oily skin. However, the key to having healthy, glowing skin is moisture. CBD oil is packed with the fatty acids necessary for adding an extra layer of moisture to the skin. It’s also Vitamin-rich in A, C, and E: the powerhouse components of a healthy glow.