CBD Health Forum: CBD Trends in Beauty

May 18, 2021   |   By Denise M. Chesne, R.N.

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CBD (cannabidiol) is the latest ingredient exploding into the skincare and beauty market, but not everyone is familiar with the science behind the benefits. From serums and sunscreen to chapsticks, creams and cleansers, there is an array of hemp-infused products popping up in stores everywhere.

Known for its healing properties, CBD offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can be beneficial in treating skin concerns like inflammation, dryness, and free radical damage.

CBD and Acne

Numerous studies have shown that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory benefits when applied to skin. This makes CBD a suitable ingredient for acne-prone skin, which research has firmly established as an inflammatory condition.

Although multiple factors trigger acne, we know that anything you apply to skin that can reduce inflammation and help soothe skin (that’s where CBD comes in) is likely to visibly reduce breakouts and the accompanying acne-related redness.

CBD and Anti-Aging Skincare

CBD also seems to work well in restoring the skin’s lost elasticity and youthful glow. The changes that occur in the skin over time are much more related to the interaction of the skin with the environment than to genetic predisposition. Therefore, in humans, it can be said that the skin aging is related to personal lifestyle.

Few tissues are subject to as much oxidative stress as the skin, mainly by sun exposure and pollution. At the expense of environmental conditions, due to changes in the environment, with great exposure to radiation partially produced by the destruction of the ozone layer and the high levels of pollution, the body has a high demand for antioxidants. The growing interest in natural antioxidants from plant extracts is due to its low toxicity compared with synthetic.

It is known, for example, that smoking or excessive exposure to solar radiation and low air humidity causes the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, poor diet, and excess alcohol intake, as well as some diseases such as diabetes mellitus, significantly accelerate the premature aging of the skin. To prevent the effect of oxidation, we need antioxidant-rich compounds.

CBD and Antioxidants

CBD contains vitamins A, D, and E and also has some very useful fatty acids. CBD oil is rich in Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are known for their healing fats.

These fatty acids can help protect your skin against sunburns, while also tightening and smoothing skin, protecting it from environmental stress, and helping to keep it hydrated.

The antioxidants in CBD help lessen the visible signs of aging. By counteracting free-radical damage and reducing the look of inflammation, CBD anti-aging creams visibly diminish issues like wrinkles, skin dullness, and ruddy skin tone.

The Future of CBD and Skincare

CBD has already made its way into the skincare industry quite dramatically in the last few years. Research has already begun to be carried out on cannabidiol and its many possible benefits.

It is believed that there are about 150 trials in progress on this compound right now. Once the results of these are revealed, much more will be known about CBD that could further enhance its use for skincare.

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About Denise M. Chesne, R.N.

I have been a registered nurse since 1974. My nursing practice has focused on critical care, nursing management, the integration of electronic health record systems, length of stay issues, transition of care issues, and nurses in crisis. These experiences have created a background rich in hands on care, administration of patient care units and hospital staff, nursing informatics, and nurse advisory.

As a Professional Nurse optimizing medical information and communication to provide the highest quality of patient care is of utmost importance. This includes supporting professional healthcare practices by providing information that effectively allows for evidence-based decision-making and optimal patient outcome.

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