CBD, It’s More Than Skin Deep
By: Tara Monks Giltner
Yes, we now know how beneficial full-spectrum hemp and CBD is for your internal health, but we are now finding out that it can have a dramatic effect on your skin. Gentle Hemp is happy to offer the full line of Rx Canna Care skin products that will address many of our epidermal whoas such as wrinkles, fine lines, eczema, acne and sun damage. Let’s take a few minutes to look at the science behind this new wave of skin care.
The human body is sheathed by approximately 20 square feet of skin. If we look at our bodies from the outside in, our skin is the first layer of protection from the world around us, functioning as our largest sensory organ by reacting to the vibrational energies that surround us. From the inside out, our skin is also the final layer of our unique body compositions, producing its own immune system and hormones. It is a highly active organ, comprised of multiple layers and components, all of which interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Understanding the roles of our skin, and the ways in which it works with the endocannabinoid system will help to shine a light on the importance of equilibrium within the ECS. As the ECS is responsible for many functions within our skin, ensuring its health and stability promotes our overall wellness.
The Layers of Our Skin
The epidermis is the absolute outermost part of our skin, formed by several layers of epithelial cells called keratinocytes. The epidermis is a waterproof barrier against UV irradiation, microbial invasion, extreme temperatures, chemicals and more.
Just below the epidermis are several mini-organs: hair follicles, sebaceous glands and sweat glands. Hair follicles are constantly rejuvenating to grow strands that assist with temperature regulation and UV protection. Sebaceous glands produce oily sebum that enforces the skin’s waterproof tendency. And sweat glands secrete liquid to help regulate the body’s temperature. These systems also produce Vitamin D and steroids, which boost immunity.
Amongst the epidermis, mini-organs and sensory nerves are immune cells. The skin has its own specific immune system to protect it, and ultimately the rest of our body, from bacteria, viruses, allergens and other external stimuli.
The skin’s Endocannabinoid System is comprised of endocannabinoid molecules and receptors, both of which are found in nearly every cell type throughout the skin. The different layers of the skin constantly produce endocannabinoid molecules, dependent upon the organ’s needs. The receptors, as mentioned before, are located throughout the skin, and serve as the catalyst for ECS functioning.
The Endocannabinoid System and Our Skin
When the skin is operating in homeostasis, endocannabinoids perform standard roles such as suppressing inflammation and controlling the immune system.
When the ECS is out of balance, its receptors will take on a different role: when CB1 and CB2 receptors are engaged, the functions of their related skin cells are modified to find homeostasis. This means that, when the ECS is imbalanced, cannabinoid receptors will promote proliferation, differentiation or apoptosis (cell death) to restore balance. Receptor activation can happen naturally, when the body synthesizes its own cannabinoids, or with the assistance of external cannabinoids, such as the use of CBD oil.
CBD Oil & Skincare
CBD oil is a powerful antioxidant in itself, and when applied topically to the skin can help protect it from age-inducing free radicals, smoke and other environmental pollutants. It adds another layer of protection to the dermis, as well as enhances the skin’s already existing protective properties.
Additionally, when applied topically, CBD can either assist the body’s ECS with all of its standard functions, or encourage homeostasis and healing. Studies have shown that CBD oil helps treat an array of skin conditions, from eczema to acne. Conditions caused by inflammation, such as eczema and psoriasis, are relieved by the oil’s anti-inflammatory traits. Side effects of overactive cells, such as acne caused by the overproduction of oil via the sebaceous glands, are known to be remedied via CBD oil.
There are studies out there that have found that CBD controls cell proliferation and differentiation, which indicates its potential to treat skin allergies, diseases and even cancer.
Full-spectrum CBD oil is also ripe with vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids that benefit skin health. Vitamins A and D encourage skin repair by supporting cell growth and inhibiting oil production. Vitamins C and E are antioxidants, serving as a second layer of protection against collagen and elastin damage. B-complex vitamins boost the building of skin, hair and nails. And because CB1 and CB2 receptors are located throughout your skin, topical applications are simple to administer and provide direct results. Hemp oil is being used across the nation as an additional, and essential, ingredient in skin care products ranging from pain balms to facial serums, moisturizers and eye creams. The topical delivery allows for immediate and more-focused effects.
Try our CBD skin care products today. Your skin will thank you!