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CBD Oil for Anti-Aging: Is it Just Marketing Hype?

CBD Oil for Anti-aging

Maybe you’ve heard about the benefits of CBD oil. It’s become a really popular natural remedy for all kinds of health conditions. 

And sure, it’s becoming well known for things like pain management or treating epilepsy in kids, but it’s also gaining ground in the skin care industry.  

So why’s everyone going crazy over CBD oil for anti-aging?  Is this just marketing hype or is there evidence behind the claims? 

Let’s break it down.

Just a Little Skin Science

Your skin is divided into 2 sections: 

  1. The epidermis is the top layer. It’s made up of different cells. 
  2. The dermis is underneath the epidermis. It’s made up of blood vessels, connective tissue, sweat glands and hair follicles. 

When your skin is healthy, that top layer is constantly being replaced. The cells get old, or damaged, and they need to take a hike. That’s why we exfoliate. Then, new, healthy cells from the bottom layer move up the ranks and take the place of the old ones. 

This is always happening. Until it isn’t. 

Unfortunately, the pool of new, healthy cells isn’t bottomless. And damage from the sun, stress, or toxins eventually drain that pool. Over time, the body also becomes less effective at fighting off inflammation, holding on to moisture, and repairing itself. These are three major players in the healthy skin game. 

So, over time, the old cells just grow more and more numerous, and there aren’t enough new cells to replace them. That’s why skin starts to look old. 

Make sense? Amazing.  

Now what does CBD have to do with all this?

CBD Oil for Anti-Aging

You know all those cells in the epidermis? Some of them are called basal cells, and they’re critical when it comes to anti-aging. 

CBD oil can help with healthy basal cell regeneration. Basal cells have to regenerate and grow. If they don’t, that’s when your skin will start to look older.

Here’s how it works: there’s this system in your body called the endocannabinoid system (ES). It’s all throughout your body – mostly in the brain and your organs. Remember – your skin’s the largest organ in your body. 

The endocannabinoid system helps to balance out and protect skin cells.

In fact, research says that “well-orchestrated and balanced proliferation, differentiation, survival and death ‘programs’ of the cutaneous cells… enable life-long regeneration and regeneration of the skin; stem cell supply; wound healing.”

That means the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the regeneration of cells. And CBD? It’s full of cannabinoids that react with the receptors in the skin to bring about that balance. 

CBD oil can help with healthy basal cell regeneration. Basal cells have to regenerate and grow. If they don’t, that’s when your skin will start to look older.

So far, so good? We think so. But it gets better.

CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory properties have been the subject of many studies. It goes without saying that CBD is really effective at reducing inflammation. Ever wonder what causes the puffiness in your skin? Yep, inflammation. Research shows CBD oil can help reduce that inflammation. 

CBD oil is also rich in terpenes, which are antioxidants, and research has found these to be part of what makes CBD oil anti-inflammatory.  Then you’ve got the vitamins like A and E that help protect the skin… the list goes on. 

Just to add a little icing to the cake, using CBD oil for anti-aging is great, but it does way more than that. Recent research shows that it can also help with things like:

  • acne
  • dermatitis
  • eczema
  • rosacea
  • psoriasis

These are some of the most common skin conditions in the United States, so this new research into the benefits of CBD for skincare is a really good thing. 

So, marketing hype or wonder for wrinkles? The research tells us that CBD oil for anti-aging has some mega potential!