Talk Talk Talk…
I’ve heard much about CBD skincare products; what is their deal? Well, I think that I mentioned this before, but “Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents.” That means that CBD is helpful in combating inflammation in cells, which includes skin cells!
But what’s so bad about inflammation?
Okay, I can already hear some of you out there: “inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to damage or bacteria.” Correct, it is natural, but it isn’t supposed to last forever. Like all things, it’s only good in moderation. So, while inflammation is helpful, even beneficial to your skin in small amounts, it can occur too often, which can lead to wrinkles.
How does it lead to wrinkles?
Well, it doesn’t. At least, not directly. I’ll talk about how wrinkles form in a minute. Right now, what needs to be understood is that skin health is much more than trying to prevent wrinkles. I know that a lot of people just want to prevent wrinkles, even I do (I’m in my twenties), but healthy skin will do so much for you in the long run.
Inflammation causes problems like acne, rosacea, and general swelling. When you get sunburnt, your skin becomes inflamed. As you get older, your skin becomes less capable of dividing its cells, which means that fresh, new, and young skin cells become less numerous. These older skin cells also are less able to hold moisture, as glands called Sebaceous glands produce less oil over time . In men, only a minimal decrease is seen, often after age 80, while women gradually produce less oil after menopause. The general decrease in oil in your skin doesn’t seem so bad, but this can make it harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness… and inflammation.
How can I avoid this?
There’s no real way to avoid these symptoms; they’re a normal part of aging. But you can mitigate their severity, and make conscious, healthy decisions that can keep your skin looking and feeling better, longer. For starters, ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN. I cannot stress this enough. I’m guilty of constantly going out without sunscreen, and I need to change that. When you have neglected sunscreen (like me), always try to soothe the skin and reduce the inflammation and burning as soon as you can. For this, I recommend using the Endoca whipped body butter that we offer. I find that it decreases both the pain and inflammation of my sunburns. And Science shows why this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”
You can also use a CBD-based moisturizer at the beginning of the day, and at the end. That’s what I do, and I find that it keeps my skin refreshed and without those pesky bits of dry skin that I would sometimes get before I regularly used CBD moisturizers. The Panacea Transform Natural face cream has been my go to moisturizer for the last few months.
I struggled horribly with acne throughout high school, and even into college. I can’t help it; I have naturally oily skin. Because of my glut of oil, I can’t use any type of moisturizer that adds oil to your skin. Or so I thought. CBD oils in moisturizers have never given me any problems. I only have isolated pimples here and there when I eat too much sugar (diet is important for skin health, too!).
When thinking of the benefits of CBD, you probably didn’t think of avoiding wrinkles and sunspots. I know that my first thought is chronic pain and the elderly, but we know that that isn’t the whole story. Although skin care comprises diet, topical care, and environment; CBD skincare can be helpful in keeping up appearances. 😉