The Benefits of CBD For Skin and Hair
Why use CBD (cannabidiol) topically? Did you know that your skin has the highest concentration of CB2 receptors in the body? Human CB2 receptors are believed to be located primarily in the peripheral tissues of the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, the peripheral nervous system, and to a lesser degree, the central nervous system.
But what does that mean, and how does it relate to skin and hair care products that contain CBD?
When CBD is applied topically as an infused lotion, serum, oil, or salve, the antioxidants in CBD can repair damaged skin and hair from free radicals like UV rays and environmental pollutants. Cannabinoid receptors can be found in the skin and studies seem to conclude that these receptors are connected to the regulation of oil production in the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands lie below the skin’s surface and release sebum which we can be observed as oil on the skin. So, CBD oil applied topically can help balance out oily skin and hair, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil glands.
“When applied topically, CBD oil can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. For instance, studies reveal that CBD has a slowing effect on proliferation and lipid synthesis of human sebaceous glands. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect on these glands. This means that cannabidiol can be used as a therapeutic agent for the cure of acne. CBD also reduces growth of (keratinocytes) skin cells thus preventing psoriasis.” - CBD OIL: Learn How CBD Oil Can Naturally Treat Diseases And Improve Health, Cami Baker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42006717-cbd-oil
Fun fact: CBD when applied topically is more powerful than vitamins E and C as an antioxidant! AND… hemp oil has anti-aging properties. That’s right. Hemp-derived CBD oil can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent signs of aging. I don’t know about you, but I am all about that!
Another question to consider in all of this: Can CBD be absorbed through the skin? When CBD oil is applied topically, or directly to the skin, it never reaches the bloodstream, but it can be absorbed through the skin’s surface to interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors.
Using CBD by way of skin care products enhances the natural benefits of the product you are using and this is GREAT for your skin! This method of using CBD (in both humans and animals) in a range of cultures around the world goes back thousands of years, so why not give it a go in these modern times? As we age, our skin goes through so much - sun exposure, skin disorders, environmental pollutant exposure… lots of things that cause our skin to respond negatively. Whether it’s fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, acne, rosacea, oily or dry skin, we have all experienced some sort of ailment with our skin that we needed to seek relief and treatment for.
Personally, I am all about using hemp derived CBD oil in my skin care routine. With all of the different brands out there trying to sell skin and hair care products that include ingredients we can barely pronounce (here’s looking at you diethyl phthalate), I am team CBD and team natural ingredients for skin care 100%, and I hope you are too. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and see what wonders await you when you use CBD on yourself. Your skin will thank you for it!