The addition of CBD in beauty products such as body lotion and facial oil is on the rise. Even in the cosmetics industry, CBD is currently making a buzz. In fact, many brands are taking advantage of CBD’s healing properties.
From relieving muscles to treating insomnia, CBD is now popping across high-end products such as serums and creams, as it promises to smoothen skin and prevent pimples and wrinkles. But what makes CBD the new holy grail of skin care products?
To understand how CBD works wonder on your skin, you need to know what cannabinoids are. Cannabinoids act as chemical messengers that activate cell receptors found in different parts of the body. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in many physiological processes such as appetite, pain, mood, sleep, and memory.
There are two types of cannabinoids: one is naturally produced in the body (endocannabinoids) and the other is found in plants (phytocannabinoids). CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both phytocannabinoids, and when consumed, they can interact with the different body receptors and produce the same physiological and physical effects.
Meanwhile, there are also two kinds of cannabinoid receptors, the CB1 and CB2. The former is mainly found in the lungs, liver, brain, and kidneys, while the latter in the immune system and hematopoietic cells. Before CBD was discovered in the beauty industry, it was used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
According to dermatologists, this beauty ingredient is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which are all essential to the skin. Vitamin A, for instance, is responsible for keeping the skin firm and healthy. Vitamin C plays a role in collagen production, and vitamin E prevents free radicals that cause the skin to age.
As mentioned earlier, CBD is equipped with anti-inflammatory properties, thus making it a good choice for people with acne-prone skin. Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells plug your hair follicles. It can cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.
CBD can help calm your skin. Its soothing properties will help you prevent breakouts and reduce redness. This inflammation-fighting prowess can also reportedly help reduce sebum production.
While more research is still needed, CBD is continually showing its potential as a new non-steroidal. If CBD really does prevent inflammation and oil production, then it can treat two parts of acne lesion formation. Currently, retinoids are being used, which tends to make skin look worse before getting better.
Anti-aging and wrinkles
CBD also has anti-oxidant properties that can help minimize visible signs of aging. It can reduce inflammation and prevent free radical damage. CBD-infused facial creams help visibly reduce wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and skin dullness.
Even people with sensitive skin can experience CBD’s wonders. Studies have found that CBD can prevent certain triggers of diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
CBD soothes the skin by binding with special skin receptors called TRPV-1, which help in the feelings of heat, itch, and pain. This makes the natural fatty acids and antioxidants of CBD a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema. However, future research is recommended.
Initial studies of CBD found little to no side effects to people who are using it. Most adults tolerated CBD well even at high dosages. The most common side effects are diarrhea, fatigue, and loss of appetite. But skin-wise, CBD does not cause irritation or aggravation.
Before joining the bandwagon, get to know your CBD oil first. Be careful when using pure oil versus products formulated with CBD. Also, form the habit of reading the labels of the bottle.