Can adding CBD to your skincare routine provide great benefits? 

Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the last 4 years, its highly likely you will have heard all about CBD and how it has been thriving in the wellness market- and for good reason! 
The research and science, along with vast user testimonial, strongly shows how taking the right CBD product can have many benefits; proven to encourage great sleep, balance inflammation, support mood balance to name a few. 

CBD works within the bodies own Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to promote cell function and health, supporting the body in maintaining Homeostasis (balance), which has an overall systemic effect! In other words, CBD helps the body recognise and respond to hormonal, chemical and cellular imbalance. 

Considering this, one would be keen to know the potential benefits of adding CBD to your skincare, and how is best to go about it? 

Firstly, let’s look at the skin itself. 

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and accounts to roughly one seventh of body weight, or 20 square feet. It is made up of 3 layers; the Epidermis is the outer layer that continuously regenerates whilst the middle layer, the Dermis contains hair follicles, sweat glands and sebaceous (sebum producing) glands. The Hypodermis layer is the inner layer that contains connective tissue and fat. 

The functions of the skin: 
 Provides a protective barrier against mechanical, thermal and physical injury and hazardous substances.
 Prevents loss of moisture.
 Reduces harmful effects of UV radiation.
 Acts as a sensory organ (touch, detects temperature).
 Helps regulate temperature.
 An immune organ to detect infections etc.
 Production of vitamin D

The ECS works in coherence with the skins 3 layers, supporting regulation of its functions, including skin cell renewal. The is called Cutaneous Cannabinoid Signalling. The CB receptors CB1 and CB2 are present within these layers, meaning that the application of CBD onto the skin can maximise skin health! 

Feed your skin Cannabinoids

Cannabinoid receptor signalling through the ECS promotes effective cellular apoptosis, which is responsible for eliminating dead and damaged skin cells, and regenerating new.
Research indicates the key role of the ECS in maintaining skin homeostasis and barrier function, and its dysregulation has been implicated in various skin disorders like dermatitis, acne, hair growth/loss, and hyper/hypopigmentation as well as providing anti-aging effects! 

CBD is anti-aging

CBD is a powerful anti-oxidant, and the ECS signals within the skin reduces oxidative stress which causes inflammation, cell damage and imbalance of sebum. CBD reduces the harmful free radicals that damage cells and enter our skin through our environment. Free radical damage and oxidative stress within our bodies can lead to disease, and within our skin layers, causes an aging appearance. 
Research shows that CBD and effective ECS signalling in the skin can increase collagen production. Collagen are fibrous protein strands that act as ‘scaffolding’ within the skin and naturally declines as we reach our mid 30s and continues to decline about 1 percent annually. Loss of collagen causes the skin to become less firm and plump and develop lines and wrinkles. 

CBD and Skin Health

Research shows the ECS controls the production of sebum in the skin, increasing it when there is not enough to provide effective barrier protection and decreasing it when there is too much and thus controlling acne. A report in article Experimental Dermatology noted that a “disruption of the delicate balance in cannabinoid signalling might facilitate the development of multiple pathological conditions and diseases of the skin such as atopic dermatitis, irritative allergic contact dermatitis, acne, seborrhoea, psoriasis, itch, pain, hair growth disorders, systemic sclerosis, and cancer.” Based on these findings, its suggested that introducing CBD into the skin and supporting the ECS can be highly beneficial. 

The best way to introduce CBD into your skin

The research is clear on CBD Isolate versus a full or whole spectrum product. Cannabinoids work best when consumed with the whole spectrum of other Cannabinoids, Terpenes and compounds within the hemp plant and the skin is no different. The CBD good enough to consume as a supplement should be good enough to consume topically also. Choose a product that optimises the Entourage effect of Cannabinoids and contains the whole spectrum as well as being grown and produced organically and in a way that preserves the delicate Cannabinoids. 

You can add your favourite CBD oil to your own skincare, or you can purchase a skincare cream that is developed in the correct consistency and with the right ingredients to take the CBD down into the skin layers.

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