Who would have thought that the humble cannabis plant would be on its way to superstar status within the beauty industry? While Kim Kardashian throws a CBD-themed baby shower for her fourth child and A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jenifer Aniston sing its praises, CBD is finally gaining the positive reputation it deserves. Recognised by scientists and Hollywood alike for its healing qualities, we unpick why CBD is the missing piece of TLC we are all searching for these days.
Our skin faces a lot of unwanted stress on a regular basis. This is predominantly due to something called free radicals. Despite sounding like a nineties alt-rock band, these are actually molecules found in the air and sunlight around us which speed up signs of ageing, weaken our skin’s DNA, and invite unwanted discoloration – not ideal. We can think of free radicals as loose cannons trying to find something to latch onto in order to achieve balance. When free radicals take away the atoms in our skin to do this, it damages the DNA.
One way to naturally remedy the impact of free radicals is with antioxidants. CBD is brimming with these healthy compounds working to regulate the ups and downs in our bodies through interaction with receptors in the ECS. The purpose of the ECS in the skin is to maintain balance, and so when we use CBD, we can provide the missing atom for free radicals to interact with. By factoring CBD into your skincare routine, you are helping to protect it from the damaging environments where these harmful molecules inevitably exist.
When CBD is used topically in balms, lotions and oils, its heroic anti-inflammatory effects really get to work. It has been highlighted that CBD can calm a number of harmful skin conditions due to these properties, including acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Acne is the most common human skin disease, which unforgivingly, can be just as painful and exhausting on the mind as it is on the skin. One major influencer of acne is the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. Sebum is naturally created in the skin to protect it from the outside world. However, if too much sebum is elicited and mixed with dead skin cells or other pollutants, it becomes trapped inside pores, and causes acne outbreaks. Research has found that CBD can naturally control the skin’s production of sebum by preventing excess amounts of this oily substance being secreted, therefore reducing inflammation and skin damage.
So, it looks as if CBD is the next triple defense in skincare: an anti-ageing, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory plant-based wonder that has got a lot of people talking. We don’t suspect the buzz will end anytime soon, as more of us realise, whether through topical care or oral supplements, CBD really does have the power to make us feel more comfortable and confident in our own skin.