The cannabis plant holds some of the greatest potential found in nature. It can be used to create almost anything. From houses to clothes to plastic – you name it, and it can probably be made from cannabis.
The latest progression in utilizing the cannabis plant’s many health benefits is found in the skincare scene. Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid found in the plant, is being researched by scientists for its ability to deliver incredibly beneficial effects to various skin types.
A quick overview of what CBD is will help you to better understand its anti-aging potential.
Unlike the psychoactive components of cannabis like THC, CBD won’t give you a buzz. In fact, CBD comes with very few side effects. But of course this is dependent on dosage and also on each individual person. Often, people who want to take CBD orally start with a lower dosage before increasing to see what works for them.
It’s also possible to apply CBD topically to the skin. Researchers have published studies on the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). ECS receptors found throughout our bodies – including in our skin – are responsible for many functions like regulating pain responses and balancing hormones, just to name a few. It’s these receptors that play a role in why topical CBD application really works for things like pain relief and acne.
Today many natural health advocates are raving about using CBD as an anti-aging ingredient. But what does the science say? Let’s look into how CBD works to reduce the effects of aging.
CBD has a multitude of benefits for the skin. Studies show CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation in our systems when we ingest it. It can also deliver relief for inflamed skin when applied topically. Many people experience inflammation of the skin like rosacea as they age, so for these conditions topical CBD could be a promising treatment.
CBD is an antioxidant powerhouse. It contains lots of Vitamin A, C & E. Vitamin A stimulates the cells that keep our skin firm and healthy. Vitamin C aids collagen production and Vitamin E absorbs easily into the skin to aid dry, scaly outbreaks. It’s these antioxidant properties, which help reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress and ‘free radicals’ to our skin as we age.
CBD oil also contains essential fatty acids Omega 6 & 9, which are vital to healthy skin. Our bodies don’t produce these oils, therefore it’s important that we obtain them through an alternative source. They’re a rich source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), which helps to maintain stability of the skins water loss barrier. This keeps skin looking hydrated and reduce the potential for wrinkles.
Collagen is one of the main building blocks of our skin. In fact, it’s found in all of the connective tissues of our body. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm and plump. On average, we lose 1% of our skin’s collagen every year once we hit our 20’s.
A study found that CBD has the potential to be able to repair damage to the skin and hair by improving our collagen production. As a result, this can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and allow our skin to look more plump.
As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and hydration, which in turn can make dry skin conditions even harder to manage. When they become severe, dry skin conditions like eczema can also cause permanent damage to our skin’s appearance – especially when we’re older.
We’ve already covered how CBD oil is a rich source of Omega oils 6 & 9 including GLA, which helps to lock moisture into our skin. As a result, applying CBD topicals can be great for giving dry skin conditions a well deserved moisture boost.
Topical creams containing cannabinoids have also proven to completely eliminate or reduce the severity of itching in sufferers of eczema. This can help prevent self-inflicted damage to the skin, which again, can cause more permanent damage in older, more fragile skin.
The stress we experience in our daily lives plays a huge role in the way that we age. Signs of stress can be impact us internally, by exacerbating health problems which are already present. Externally, stress manifests via our skin in the form of eczema, psorasis and lines/wrinkles.
Ingesting CBD can reduce stress and anxiety levels in the body, which in turn could play a role in reducing the stress which aids ageing of our skin. As the saying goes – happy mind, happy body.
No matter what your skin woes, CBD is a promising addition to your anti-aging ammunition. If internally ingested, CBD can help relieve internal states of stress in our bodies and mind. As a result, this could reduce the impact that stress has on ageing our skin.
However, if you’re looking to boost collagen production, relieve irritating dry skin or give your skin a hit of anti-ageing antioxidants, it’s definitely worth adding CBD into your wellness routine. From topicals to supplements, there are so many ways to add CBD to your beauty routine, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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