3 Reasons to Infuse CBD into your Skincare Routine
The not-so secret ingredient of CBD has been infused into all types of products from food, coffee, bath bombs & more since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. From its raving reviews of relieving everyday ailments to more chronic conditions, it’s become a key ingredient in almost anything you can think of — but why skin care?
How do CBD topicals interact with our skin? And why is it so helpful for replenishing and nourishing our skin?
Our ECS & Skin
CBD is able to have such a beneficial balancing effect on us due its ability to target our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Our ECS is a neuro-moderating system composed of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids which are essential in the functioning of the Central Nervous System development, synaptic plasticity, and the response to endogenous and environmental insults.
A healthy functioning ECS is essential in regulating and controlling our body’s internal functions — such as learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, pain control, inflammatory and immune responses, and eating.
There are two main cannabinoid receptors found throughout our bodies. CB1 receptors, primarily located in the brain, allow endocannabinoids to adjust neurotransmitters to trigger hunger, alertness, and temperature. CB2 receptors are located in immune tissues and moderate intestinal inflammation, contraction & pain in inflammatory bowel conditions.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and contains immune cells & sensory nerves — which have CB1 & CB2 receptors, giving endocannabinoids the ability to target and balance out our skin’s functions when they enter our system.
Regulates oil production
The overworking of our sebaceous glands produces excess sebum/oil.While sebum’s primary function is to protect & hydrate the skin, over production can lead to oil build up and acne.
When topically applied to the epidermis, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have demonstrated promising effects on our skin’s sebocytes (cells that produce sebum) which resulted in reduced and regulated sebum production — leading to less oil build up & less clogged pores.
When endocannabinoids enter the skin’s epidermis layer, they activate CB1 & CB2 receptors for essential regulatory skin functions such as proliferation, differentiation and/or apoptosis to balance our skin’s needs.
Additionally, CBD also suppresses inflammation by preventing the activation of the epidermis’ immune cells resulting in reduced redness & inflammation.
While it regulates our skin’s oil production, it also hydrates for healthy, well-balanced skin. As mentioned before, endocannabinoids moderate our sebaceous glands to maintain a balanced water-proof protective barrier so when dehydrated, CBD is able to trigger it’s cannabinoid receptors to secrete the appropriate amount of sebum to rehydrate dry skin.
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