Three Amazing CBD Skin Benefits
Plus Three Things to Look for In CBD Skincare
It’s a part of life…at one point or another, we all have experiences that impact the look and feel of our skin, whether it’s symptoms of stress, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diet, over-exposure to the sun, or the natural progression of aging. With all the news about CBD (cannabidiol), we’re here to clear away the hype and get to the truth about why CBD is actually really amazing for the wellness of modern skin conditions. In essence, there’s a reason why cannabis has been heralded for thousands of years as one of the greatest plant medicines on earth. It’s because there are very specific ways the compounds in the cannabis plant work to heal living tissue, including the human epidermis.
Interestingly, if you have sensitive, oily skin, acne, eczema, or premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and skin laxity, these are conditions that cannabidiol has been scientifically shown to address and remedy, naturally.
Here are three ways that adding whole hemp CBD to your daily skincare routine can help to decrease stress, reduce inflammation, and promote anti-aging in your skin. It’s important to remember that Humanist Beauty is not here to provide medical advice. We leave that to your doctor, therapist, or practitioner. We’re here to help share information with you so that you can then make informed decisions along with your medical professional about what’s right for you.
#1 CBD Can Decrease Signs of Stress
In our ever-evolving, chaotic society, stress finds a way into each of our lives. We are often overwhelmed with work tasks, family responsibilities, social media distractions, and external societal constructs to behave or look a certain way. These growing forces can produce a stress response in the body, inducing the release of cortisol in the brain which can in turn sensitize skin and make it more reactive. One method to combat these internal and external effects is the use of adaptogens, including CBD, which are a class of medicinal herbs that promote physical, chemical, and biological harmony.
How does CBD work? Essentially, the CBD cannabinoid molecules bind with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help balance the body’s natural nervous function, decreasing stress, regulating sleep, reducing pain and inflammation, and supporting the immune system. A Pubmed review highlights that existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Did you know skin, the body’s largest organ, has its own endocannabinoid system? The living, breathing skin is a fussy organ, highly affected by one’s inner state. When stress overwhelms the skin organ, the body can produce excessive perspiration and oil sebum. Furthermore, when the body’s inner state is off-balance, the endocannabinoid system sends unwanted signals to the skin that can influence skin ailments associated with stress such as psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. When applied topically, CBD cannabinoid molecules target skin’s own natural endocannabinoid receptors. They help reduce skin’s stress response, create harmony, and improve skin equanimity, allowing blood circulation to flow more optimally.
CBD is a powerful, plant-sourced constituent that has been scientifically shown to calm the body’s inner state, nourish and protect the skin, and work with the body’s endocannabinoid system, restoring homeostasis to support holistic mind-body-soul wellness. So, either as a preventive measure or an alleviating solution to stressed, sensitive skin, all-natural, whole hemp CBD can help soothe, soften, and calm this essential organ that can so often seem to have a mind of its own.
#2 CBD Can Reduce Skin Inflammation
Believe it or not, skin inflammation is a leading cause for many of those itchy, red, unwanted skin ailments we all dread. So what causes inflammation on the skin? According to Healthline, “Skin inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, including immune system dysfunction, an allergic reaction, or an infection.” Effectively, when unhealthy cells or infectious microbes invade the immune system, our skin senses an attack. The sebaceous glands secrete excess sebum, often resulting in conditions like skin sensitivity, acne, and dermatitis.
Research has firmly established that acne is an inflammatory condition. According to the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, “Acne is an inflammatory and multifactorial skin disease. Different external and internal factors, including air pollution, aggressive skincare products, medication, mechanical, hormonal and familial factors and, more recently, lifestyle and stress, have been suggested as having an impact on acne.”
Whole hemp CBD can be applied topically to help inhibit and soothe skin’s inflammatory response. CBD endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, “have been found in the immune system, suggesting that these receptors play an important role in balancing the system”. CBD has been shown to exhibit analgesic properties, helping to relieve pain, reduce redness, and most importantly, decrease inflammation. So the next time your skin starts to act out, consider applying whole hemp CBD. The best option is to select full-spectrum whole hemp, which also includes a range of cannabinoids (including CBD) and terpenes, thereby allowing a greater chance for the synergistic “entourage effect” to take place.
#3 CBD Can Support Skin Anti-Aging
As we age, our bodies’ metabolism slows down. Nutrients from our diets don’t get delivered as optimally as before due to slower circulation. Accumulating intrinsic and extrinsic damage erodes the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin. Skin starts to show more wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, sagging, and dehydration.
MedlinePlus explains, as we age, our skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. How can CBD help? Whole hemp-based CBD is rich in fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 3 that are vital in a proactive skincare regimen. Hemp fatty acids trigger collagen signaling that nourishes the skin’s dermis layer, promoting elasticity and rejuvenation. Since collagen loss is a primary reason for maturing skin, topical application of CBD can be an effective way to provide natural support for skin’s own natural collagen.
We have all heard about the danger of sun exposure. Though nourishing to mental health and an important source of natural Vitamin D, the sun takes a considerable toll on prematurely aging our skin. The sun causes free radical damage and apoptosis (cell death), issues that can be addressed by antioxidants and healthy sunscreen. CBD possesses naturally abundant antioxidant activity. Though it should not be used as an SPF to help protect skin from UVA or UVB rays, CBD can help defend skin from the oxidative damage that sun, pollution, and other cell disruptors can have on deep dermal cell tissue that can become visible as premature signs of aging.
Wisely Choosing Your CBD
What’s important when choosing a CBD product to enhance your daily skincare routine? Here are three things to investigate before investing in your next CBD skincare formula.
#1 Investigate the Ingredients.
Whole hemp oil versus hemp seed oil is the first major distinction. Don’t be fooled into purchasing a skincare product just because its name gives the impression of having CBD in it. If you look closely at the ingredient lists of many CBD or Canna- (fill in the blank) products, you may discover that they only contain Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, which is plain old hemp seed oil. Though hemp seeds are a source of natural oil that can act as a decent moisturizer, hemp seeds do not contain CBD.
Look to see how much CBD is in the formula you are purchasing. Though there is currently no consensus on how much CBD skin needs per application, it stands to reason that if you are purchasing a 1 fl oz bottle (approximately a month’s supply or 60 applications used twice daily) and it only contains 100 mg of CBD, you are only getting about 1.67 MG per application, which is not very much. Additionally, if a product does not overtly state how much CBD is in its formula, it may only contain 0.1% in the entire package, which is the minimum amount needed to legally make a marketing label claim. Therefore, you may just be buying the idea of a CBD skincare product, not a skincare product that has a meaningful dose of CBD in it with a greater chance of supporting a true skin benefit.
#2 Investigate Quality.
Since federal regulations have relaxed on the sale of CBD topicals in the United States, there has been a surge of CBD supply from countless questionable sources. Be aware of “stock” products from companies that simply churn out formulas for brands hoping to profit off of CBD’s rise in popularity. Be aware of the absence of testing practices that otherwise ensure products are safe and consistently high quality. Be aware of extremely low pricing that may suggest the CBD is not pure or comes from a less transparent supplier. Be aware if the product is packaged in a clear container that sunlight could easily degrade.
Instead, look for products that are transparent with its testing practices and sourcing. You should be able to easily find all Certificates of Analysis (COA) from the original supplier and on the final formula, indicating that the formula is free of mycotoxins, heavy metals, dirt, filth, and bacteria. Additionally, the final formula should also have a COA to confirm the CBD potency claimed on its package. Seek out formulas that are mindfully designed to offer clean, pure, safe ingredients in totality. Look for packaging that protects the formula from air and sunlight that can break down the active ingredients contained inside over time.
#3 Investigate the Impact.
Today, many brands selling CBD products are in business purely to turn a profit. It is less common to find CBD brands with a purpose of supporting the greater good. Now more than ever, we are recognizing the ill effects of media and commerce on the wellness of all people and the planet. Take a look at where you are spending your money. Know that when you make a purchase, you are voting with your dollars to perpetuate the impact fostered by that business. Finding companies that are B Corporation Certified is a good way to support brands that are doing everything they can to support social and environmental wellness. In the entire world, there are only 10 Certified B Corporations that sell CBD products. Humanist Beauty happens to be one of them.
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