Navigating the world of skincare can be tricky, especially when a new buzzy ingredient seems to pop up every other week. It can be difficult to figure out what products are best to use for which skin problems, and whether those products can even be used together. It is easy to find yourself in a 10-step, twice-a-day rut. Luckily CBD, not a chemical but from a naturally grown plant, offers a wide range of benefits, making it a one-stop skincare wonder. Read on to find out why you should simplify and add CBD to your skincare routine.
1. CBD is Antioxidant
‘Antioxidant’ is another of those beauty buzzwords. Basically, an antioxidant protects the skin and body from the effects of free radicals - unstable molecules that are produced through oxidation during metabolism. CBD gives these molecules something to bind with, rather than allowing them to cause damage elsewhere in the body. In the past, Vitamins C and E were considered the best antioxidants available, however, other studies claim that CBD is even more powerful.
2. CBD reduces inflammation
Inflammation is important to protect the body as it heals, but it can cause a significant amount of pain and stress. Many people use CBD for its anti-inflammatory properties, which help to ease a myriad of conditions. In the skin, inflammation can be caused by a number of factors, but a topically CBD applied to the area can soothe the skin, reducing the inflammation and redness, and easing discomfort or pain.
3. CBD is a powerful moisturiser
CBD regulates the production of sebum (oil) in our skin, low levels of which are often the cause of dryness (high levels cause acne; more on that later). A 2006 study in Germany reported an 86.4% improvement across 14 subjects with a range of dry-skin conditions. Since then, many people have reported that using a CBD cream or serum has increased their skin’s hydration and reduced dryness.
4. CBD fights acne and breakouts
CBD fights acne with a two-pronged attack. First, it helps to balance the production of excess sebum in the sebaceous glands of the skin, which blocks pores and leads to spots. Secondly, it reduces the redness and inflammation caused by a breakout. Often, these two areas require separate treatments, which can cause a lot of unwelcome side effects. But CBD is considered to be a much safer alternative to these conventional treatments.
5. CBD helps with eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea
As previously mentioned, CBD can be highly effective for treating dry skin and inflammation. This makes it a great option for those suffering with skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and Rosacea. It is also believed to reduce both atopic and Seborrhoea Dermatitis. Topical use of CBD on the affected area can help to ease the pain, redness and itching associated with these conditions.
6. It soothes sensitive skin
Just as it calms our bodies, CBD has also been found to calm our skin. Sensitive skin is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin conditions, but sensitivity most often manifests as rashes, spots, redness, and irritation. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe and reduce these symptoms, and its anti-oxidising power helps to protect the skin
from further damage.
7. It helps you sleep better
Speaking of calming the body, we all know that a good nights sleep is crucial for achieving better skin. Luckily, CBD has that covered too. Regular use has shown to help with many causes of insomnia and poor sleep, including stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and even restless leg syndrome. It’s also believed that regular use of CBD helps to regulate the body’s sleep cycle, meaning you get better quality sleep at night and feel more alert during the day. To further compliment your wish to improve your skin and your sleep, we also recommend you purchase either 4% CBD Oil (6 drops under the tongue morning and night) or CBD Softgels (swallow 1 softgel 3 times a day).
8. CBD reduces stress
We hate to keep talking about it, but stress is prevalent in our modern lives. It affects our health in many ways, including our skin. CBD taken orally interacts with receptors in our brain to regulate fear and other behavioural signs of anxiety, as well as increasing the production of serotonin (the hormone that makes us happy), leaving us with a clear mind and a clear skin.
9. CBD is anti-ageing
CBD has been found to improve the production of collagen, which tightens the skin and reduces wrinkles. It can also even out the skin tone by reducing discolouration and dark spots. CBD’s antioxidant properties help to protect and repair the skin from free-radical damage that can also cause wrinkles and blemishes. There’s even research to suggest that it can stimulate the growth of new skin cells, which may also lead to younger-looking skin.
10. CBD gives you healthy, radiant skin
If all that wasn’t enough, CBD is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which improve the general appearance of the skin and help to create a youthful glow and an even complexion. It also works really well with active ingredients that calm and nourish the skin barrier, such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and niacinamides, and can be used daily.