If you are someone who regularly purchases skin care products you will have noticed CBD has been added to facial creams, body oils, beauty serums, facial masks and eye serums. In fact, it is turning up in everything and anything you would normally use in your daily skin care regime. If you’re curious about this new found “cure all” compound and are thinking about using CBD skin care products in your daily skin care regime, this article should give you all the answers you need to make an informed decision.
What is CBD?
If you are just starting to seek out information about CBD then you have come to the right website. InnoCan Pharma is dedicated to providing accurate information to consumers. You can read a detailed explanation of CBD, .in the first article in this series titled “What is CBD” by clicking here. The article provides a comprehensive explanation about CBD and how it works in the human body. The following is a summary only.
CBD is short for Cannabidiniol and it is one of at least 113 cannabinoids that come from Cannabis sativa. InnoCan Pharma uses CBD isolate in all of its products. CBD isolate is 99% pure which means it doesn’t contain any of the other cannabinoids including THC, which is the cannabinoid in Cannabis that will get you “high”. As a pure extract at room temperature CBD isolate is a white crystalline substance that is both tasteless and odorless.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid system (ECS) in a wide and promiscuous way, in other words, it has more than one pharmacological target. The ECS includes 3 major components: 1) Endocannabinoids; 2) Cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2; 3) Enzymes. It interacts with all the systems in the body to maintain homeostasis. When a problem is detected within the body, the ECS signals the appropriate mechanisms to activate and work to fix the problem. Much of this has already been covered in the previously mentioned article, “What is CBD”.
So if the job of the ECS is to regulate and modify all the systems of the body, what happens if it is deficient in some way? What happens if the ECS isn’t working properly? In the case of the nervous system it can mean depression, anxiety and in extreme cases, psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. In the case of the autoimmune systems it can result in pain, inflammation and disease.
This is why CBD has gained so much attention lately. Because it reacts on so many different levels with the ECS it is believed that when used regularly, it can help maintain and even boost the functions of the ECS. In this way, it is believed it can be used to help regulate a wide variety of ailments.
In the medical publication Cerebrum, Bradly A. Alger PhD had this to say about the ECS:
“The endogenous cannabinoid system—named for the plant that led to its discovery—is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. With its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body’s organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.”1
Understanding Our Skin
The skin is the largest organ in our body. It contains a network of nerves and receptor cells which are part of the ECS. In fact, the skin contains the largest concentration of CB2 receptor cells, which are primarily responsible for dealing with the autoimmune system. The skin also serves as the first line of defense against injury and infection. It is responsible for regulating our temperature and protects the body from harsh environmental elements. The ECS receptors present in the skin play critical roles in both healthy and diseased skins including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects
The existence of the ECS in the skin is associated with major biological processes such as proliferation, growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cytokine, mediator or hormone production of various cell types of the skin, and appendages such as hair follicles and sebaceous glands. It is believed that a key function of the ECS in the skin is to promote proper and well-balanced growth, differentiation, survival, and competence of skin cells. A disruption in the balance may lead to the formation of diseases such as cancer, systemic sclerosis, hair growth disorders, allergic dermatitis, seborrhea, itch, and pain.
As noted, CBD has a broad list of benefits to your health. Regardless of your age, gender, and health status, there are benefits to be gained from it. Research shows it exhibits antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activities. It is these properties that make it a natural additive in skin care products. Your skin is the first line of defense against invading pathogens and toxins; thus, adequate care should be taken to ensure it is healthy and kept in good shape.
Benefits of CBD for Skin Care
The Importance of Collagen
It is impossible to stop time, no matter what, we all get older. There are internal and external factors that contribute to skin aging. Almost 90% of the damage is caused by the external environment such as the sun and pollution. Internally, the damage the damage can be attributed to our internal collagen production system, which works against us as we age.
Research shows that as we get older collagen production declines. The collagen production is estimated to decline by 1% every year after we hit our twenties and increases after we turn 30. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps to provide structure and vitality in our skin, hair, nails, bones, and ligaments.
As collagen production slows down, the wholeness these parts of the body decline, resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles, and weakened bones. The good news is that studies have shown CBD shows the potential to slow down the aging process by improving the production of collagen.
Its antioxidant properties are beneficial in neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals come from external sources such as pollution, but are also produced within our own bodies. Data gathered from research shows that CBD is an extremely powerful antioxidant which can help keep your skin healthy and smooth. Additionally, CBD is rich with Vitamin E which repairs your skin, removes fine lines and wrinkles, and deals with skin discoloration. With consistent application of a CBD product on your skin, you can help to improve your skin and its appearance.
The skin is already an effective armor against microbial invasion. Including CBD in your skincare routine or products can confer immunity against microbial invasion. It forms a protective layer on the skin thus providing an extra layer of protection against microbe attack.
Remedy for skin defects
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have been successfully studied in the control and management of skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, atopic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. It has also served to reduce the formation of sebum in sebaceous cells and slows down cell proliferation on the skin.
The purpose of the sebum is to protect our skin from the external environment. However, it can be trapped inside a pore when mixed with dead skin, or dirt. The clogged pore becomes acne.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in humans, especially young girls going through puberty. Factors, such as stress, diet, hormone imbalances, or medications can also cause acne. A study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD reduced oil production and also had anti-inflammatory effects on oil-producing glands. CBD also has been demonstrated to prevent human cells known as sebocytes from creating too much of the oily sebum while triggering an anti-inflammatory reaction in the cells. This helps to reduce any future acne.
How CBD can help fight acne will be discussed in detail in a future article on this site.
The ability of CBD to interact with the ECS receptors can elicit soothing effects on the brain by triggering the release of feel-good hormones. It has also been identified to control chronic pain, promotes wound healing, prevents muscle spasms, and many more.
Its substantial calming and soothing effects can help the sensitive skin from redness, itchiness or allergies. Even if you think that your skin isn’t too sensitive, it can also help to relax your skin tissues after waxing, threading, or peeling.
Topical application of CBD in the form of facial cleanser, moisturizers, and serums can produce skin-normalizing effects, thus keeping you refreshed throughout the day.
CBD Promotes a Healthy Circulatory System
The Circulatory System is responsible for distributing blood, oxygen, and other nutrients throughout the body. When the body suffers from poor circulation, the distribution of these vital nutrients is disrupted, which can lead to a variety of health issues, most notably high blood pressure, skin discoloration, malnourishment, decreased skin cell regeneration and accelerated aging.
Studies have shown that CBD can improve the function of the circulatory system by reducing vascular tension, reducing blood pressure, and preventing cell death from oxidative stress.
How You Can Incorporate CBD into Your Beauty Regime
With so many natural benefits, it seems a logical conclusion to include CBD integrated products in your daily beauty regime. If you are in your 20’s you will likely not need to reach for the anti-aging products just yet, but using quality products infused with pure CBD isolate will ensure you are nourishing your skin while receiving the many benefits of CBD already discussed.
CBD Topicals: CBD added to topicals like lotions, creams, serums and oils benefit the skin and reverse signs of aging. Topicals that contains CBD can typically reduce inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles and leave your skin feeling toned. CBD Recovery Lotion will give you a long lasting feeling of freshness while hydrating your skin. CBD Eye Serum will help to reduce lines and puffiness around the eyes. CBD+ Anti-Aging Cream contains additional CBD for enhanced results.
CBD Masks: CBD masks are making their way into the market. From sheet masks to charcoal peel off masks, CBD, along with a blend of moisturizing ingredients interact together to help soothe the skin while enhancing the natural glow and boosting collagen. CBD masks allow the skin to absorb the compound’s benefits and leave you with soft supple feeling skin. CBD Sleeping Mask and CBD+ Anti-Aging Sleeping Mask will protect and nourish your skin and leave you with a refreshed, radiant look.
CBD Cleansers: CBD infused skin cleansers are a great way to start or end your day, leaving your skin clean and fresh while allowing it to benefit from the healing properties of CBD. CBD Cleansing Balm will cleanse and mildly exfoliate your skin while providing the added benefits of CBD to help reduce redness and inflammation.
Are There Side Effects from Using CBD on the Skin?
According to the World Health Organization, or WHO, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” To date no adverse effects have been recorded from applying CBD integrated products to the skin, although some mild effects have been reported from taking it orally.
Are CBD skin care products legal?
The use of CBD skincare products is legal in most countries where CBD is legal, as long as the CBD is derived from hemp and does not contain more than 0.3% THC. InnoCan Pharma uses only CBD isolate, which means it 99% pure CBD and contains 0% THC.
Regular use of CBD, whether topically or orally can have many benefits. With regard to CBD skin care products it should be clear from the information in this article that they have the potential to assist women and men in keeping their skin healthy. As a powerful antioxidant, CBD may reduce free radicals and protect collagen production. Finally, if you are unsatisfied with the results of your current regime or are struggling with skin issues, consider using CBD integrated products as an effective skin care solution.
References for this Article
- Alger, Bradley E. “Getting high on the endocannabinoid system.” Cerebrum : the Dana forum on brain science vol. 2013 14. 1 Nov. 2013