4 Shocking Benefits Of CBD For Your Skin
Cannabidiol, also known as ‘CBD’, is everywhere and in everything you can possibly think of.
Mar 1, 2021 • 7 min read ✭
Those that are familiar with CBD Oil might have heard of its potential benefits when held under the tongue. Now, the natural compound is taking over skincare.
Whilst it comes from the hemp plant, CBD won’t get you high. But it might well transform your skincare routine!
What is CBD?
For those unfamiliar with CBD – otherwise known as Cannabidiol – it is a natural compound found in the hemp plant.
It is one of the two main ingredients in the plant, the other being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is non-psychotropic, meaning it doesn’t get you “high”, unlike THC.
Skincare CBD products are THC-free.
Why is CBD good for your skin?
Last month, the European Commission updated its list of functions for CBD as a cosmetic ingredient. This landmark moment is a huge step towards acknowledging CBD’s potential healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Indeed, it is one of the first instances of a governing body recognising CBD’s applications.
As CBD comes from a plant, it should be no surprise that it is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants act as a layer of protection against oxidative stress for your skin. This means it protects your skin from ‘free radicals’- molecules that react easily with others.
But what problems do oxidative stress cause?
Oxidants are theorised to be behind skin ageing signs such as wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation! ‘Free radicals’ in your environment include smoke and pollution.
CBD protects your body from this damage and may provide temporary improvement for these signs of stress.
2. Anti Sebum
Right now you might be asking yourself, what on earth is sebum?
Sebum is a waxy substance that moisturises your skin. An overproduction is typically what leads to acne, oily skin, itchiness, clogged pores and irritation.
CBD slows down the production of this oil and its anti-inflammatory properties act on the oil producing glands. This helps to soothe the skin and redness, reducing the appearance of breakouts. There have been several studies that have shown that CBD may be promising for acne, due to its anti sebum effect on oil production and inflammation.
The European Commission noted that CBD is a natural skin conditioner. It protects, lubricates and hydrates the skin. This is due to the abundance of essential fatty acids in CBD.
Adequately hydrating your face helps to combat oiliness, also improving skin elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles. This is why some choose to use CBD creams for issues such as dry skin and eczema.
CBD has also been shown to have a natural aptitude for skin protection. The combination of it’s antioxidant, anti-sebum and conditioning properties results in a layer of protection for your skin against environmental damage.
If your skin is well-balanced with sebum, it is protected from damage and dehydration. What’s more, balanced skin actually reduces the amount of water that is lost from the skin’s surface! A healthy amount of sebum also protects you from fungi and bacteria, which can cause some nasty infections.