CBD’s many health benefits include anti-aging effects. Here we take a look at how the antioxidant properties in CBD help our skin and bodies.
The outlook is not great for our skin. As we age beyond our youthful 20s we start to notice the inevitable: wrinkles and fine lines. There are so many anti-aging beauty products on the market that it feels overwhelming.
And forget trying to find the elixir that promises a youthful look while also remaining natural and cruelty-free.
When it comes to skin aging, there are two primary factors: intrinsic (internal) and extrinsic (external).
Extrinsic aging is caused by external factors, including environmental damage — such as the sun or pollution. This type of aging accounts for the majority of skin damage, around 90%.
Conversely, intrinsic aging is our own internal clocks working against us. It accounts for the other 10% of damage to our skin. After our twenties, the skin produces 1% less collagen every year and our pores stop producing as much oil. As a result, our skin becomes more prone to drying out and susceptible to damage.
Researchers believe that there is a connection between the endocannabinoid system and oil secretion in skin glands. A 2008 study suggests that CB2 receptors can be stimulated to increase lipid production and therefore more oil secretion in skin cells. This shows massive promise for CBD and other cannabinoids in the treatment of skin disorders.
CBD is also a powerful antioxidant, more so than vitamins C or E. A diet rich in antioxidants fights the free radicals that we are exposed to every day in our environment. Think of a sliced apple left out in the open air. A vitamin C rich substance, like juice from a lemon, can keep the slices fresh for a period of time. Meanwhile, vitamin E oil can reduce the appearance of scars.
Antioxidants have the same effect on our skin. Incorporating CBD oil into your daily routine packs an even more powerful antioxidant punch than fruits and veggies alone.
CBD is also a natural anti-inflammatory, which is also helpful in the fight against skin aging. A CBD-rich cream or salve can reduce the appearance of puffy or irritated skin by being applied topically. When ingested under the tongue, CBD oil helps our body from inflammation from the inside out.
There’s no doubt cannabis can help many modern-day problems, and in our youth-obsessed culture anti-aging is big business. It is no surprise that beauty bloggers are excited about incorporating CBD and hemp into their daily routines and adding it to their existing products.
There is truth to their claims and CBD is a natural and safe approach to the fountain of youth, but do your research and make sure you are buying products from trusted sources. To obtain results you will need a fairly high percentage of CBD in your product, and it is recommended to try a multi-level approach. To experience all of the anti-aging and skincare benefits CBD can provide, I would recommend CBD oil under the tongue and a CBD-rich lotion daily.
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