When it comes to health and beauty, there is a constant rise and fall of fads and fashions. Everyone is searching for a quick fix to hold on to youth and expel any signs of age. There is, unfortunately, no simple answer to the question “How do I look younger?” However, we do know why our skin breaks down and can employ methods to slow it down. Research into CBD suggests that the chemical compound can fight off some of the main culprits of ageing. It’s no surprise, then, that CBD skincare has fast become one of the most popular and promising trends for skincare in years. Here, we take a closer look at CBD skincare and how CBD effectively fights inflammation and oxidative stress in the body to reduce the signs of ageing.
The Benefits of CBD Skincare
Including CBD in your skincare routine is beneficial in a few crucial ways. The aim of any good routine should be to moisturise the skin and reduce the signs of ageing through a product’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Both CBD balm and CBD skincare products can achieve all of this; here’s how.
CBD IS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Everyone is familiar with inflammation; it’s a normal part of the body’s response to environmental stresses. Acute inflammation is the reaction that the body has when you get injured, have a cut or something similar. When you cut a finger, scrape your knee or bump your head, the pain, swelling and warmth you feel are directly related to inflammation. These are the result of white blood cells rushing to heal a wound. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is the result of stresses that are not as obvious. These may include an unhealthy diet, pollution, excessive exposure to UV and other external factors. This ‘low-grade inflammation’ causes damage to the skin and can increase the signs of ageing.
Chronic inflammation sets off a process known as metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the skin, which degrades elastin and collagen and causes the skin to become less firm and elastic. Inflammation also attacks the fat stores in your skin through glycation. Through both of these processes, the skin becomes misshapen and speeds up the signs we would usually associate with ageing.
One of the fundamental benefits of Cannabidiol is its anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are the same properties that help ease muscle soreness after a workout. Using a CBD salve when experiencing joint pain or muscle pain works because it targets areas of inflammation. Similarly, CBD skincare, like our natural OG CBD coconut oil, fights low-grade inflammation caused by ongoing environmental factors to stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Our CBD lip balm can also fight inflammation in the lips. If you’re not sure which type of balm is right for you, we’ve created a CBD balm buyers’ guide for a more detailed look at CBD balms and their uses.
CBD SKINCARE HAS ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES
Free radicals are unstable atoms within our body that can damage cells, cause disease and age the body. All of the atoms in our body, and everywhere else for that matter, are surrounded by a ‘shell’ of electrons that need a certain number to remain stable. Atoms with an incomplete and, therefore, unstable shell of electrons are known as free radicals. Free radicals seek out other atoms to stabilise them, reacting quickly with other substances found within the body. Unstable oxygen molecules with unpaired electrons – free radicals – seek other molecules to pair with.
A resulting impact of excessive free radicals in the body is something known as oxidative stress, which damages cells over time and can lead to diseases and the signs of ageing. Introducing an antioxidant alleviates this oxidative stress by bonding with free radicals and, therefore, neutralising them before they cause damage. Cannabidiol reduces oxidative stress. With that in mind, CBD skincare can help fight free radicals, reduce cellular damage and the signs of ageing.
VISIT ONLY GREEN FOR CBD BALM AND CBD SKINCARE PRODUCTS
For further information about Only Green and our products, get in touch with us today. You can come and visit us at our CBD cafe in Bristol, give us a call or email us. We deliver our CBD balm products across the UK from our online CBD store. If you’re in Bristol, you can buy fresh juices, tasty vegan snacks and CBD products from us through Deliveroo!