28 Jul Is CBD good for my skin?
With creams, balms and oils infused with CBD popping up in beauty regimens around the world, we look to see if there’s actually any science behind that new-found shine.
WHAT IS CBD?
When it comes to your skin, knowing exactly what’s in the bottle is more important than anything. We all have varying skin types, tones and sensitivities so checking those ingredients is absolutely key to making it work for you. And here it’s no different.
CBD is short for cannabidiol – an extract of the cannabis plant, and one of over 100 naturally-occurring components. Once the oil is extracted, it’s then processed to remove the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. THC is the psychoactive element known to get you ‘high’. And by removing it, users receive all of the positive benefits without the unwanted side effects.
However, in the majority of cases, the hemp found in your new favorite beauty product is derived from hemp seed oil. Rich in important vitamins, as well as omega fatty acids, it already acts as a natural moisturizer, so the inclusion of this alone into your regime is a sure step towards having softer skin. And now we know that, what’s the point in CBD?
There’s a reason the popularity of CBD-infused products of all kinds are on the rise. Early studies point to the fact that CBD offers a huge range of health benefits when taken long-term, including helping those with symptoms of stress, anxiety and sleeplessness. And when it comes to physical effects on the body, the star that tops this long list of positives is its ability to work with our in-built endocannabinoid system to support our body’s natural inflammation response. With specific research linking it to improved skin, it’s found to help reduce irritation and support healthy, normal skin.1
On the surface, CBD delivers a way to support your skin without synthetic chemicals, but it also offers a promising solution to tackling more stubborn, recurring issues. In a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science, researchers found that when CBD was applied to human skin cells, it actually inhibited the overproduction of keratinocytes (specific skin cells), which are commony seen in some skin ailments.2 This is further evidence to support CBD working to realign bodily processes that may be adversely affecting the quality of your skin, including its softness, cleanliness, and ability to retain important moisture.
So, by helping to remove everyday irritants and reactivating your body’s natural protective abilities, CBD is a great way to give your skin the TLC it needs. Applying it as cream or balm to your face, hands, feet or other parts of the boy helps your skin to stay clear, moisturized, and retain its natural glow.
SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE
Although more studies need to be done to explore the extent of which CBD can encourage softer, cleaner, and more moisturized skin, the evidence around its potential health properties only continues to grow. As with any skin product, just be sure to choose quality ingredients over superficial claims and gorgeous scents. But if you’re sold on a good product, and if there isn’t already a CBD balm, oil or cream in your daily skin regimen, there’s no better time to give one a try. .
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