With the rising popularity of CBD, coupled with the research showing how it benefits the skin, it’s no surprise that the beauty industry has taken a major interest in this incredible compound.
Beauty companies are churning out CBD-infused products like gangbusters; moisturizers, makeup, hair care… and one of those beauty products is a CBD face mask.
So, what’s the value of a CBD face mask for your skin – is the CBD even getting into your body? Read on friends, read on…
Your Skin’s Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ES) is a complex signalling network found all throughout your body, including the organs and the central nervous system. It’s made of endocannabinoids like anandamide (AEA), cannabinoid receptors (mainly CB1 and CB2), and enzymes. Its main function in the body is to help maintain homeostasis, or balance.
Phytocannabinoids, like CBD, are cannabinoids naturally present in the hemp plant that can influence the endocannabinoid system.
As the body’s biggest organ, you’d better believe the skin is filled to the brim with components of the endocannabinoid system. They’re all throughout the various skin cell types, and play various roles in maintaining balance.
Main Skin Cell Types
1. Keratinocytes – These are the primary cells of the epidermis. They produce the keratin that makes up the outermost layer of your skin.
2. Melanocytes – These cells produce the dark pigment melanin that protects your skin from harmful UV radiation.
3. Mast cells – involved in the process of allergic reactions (they carry histamine), as well as wound healing, pathogenic immune responses, and the formation of blood vessels.
4. Sebocytes – these cells produce the sebum (oil) that protects the outer layer of our skin.
In these cells specifically, research shows us that the ES plays a part in several important biological processes:
- apoptosis (cell death)
- hormone production of various cell types
We know that the disruption of the delicate balance of the skin can lead to conditions and diseases of the skin, such as acne, seborrhea, allergic dermatitis, psoriasis, hair growth disorders, etc. Maintaining the balance by improving the above functions is key – this is why giving the ES a boost is always a good idea.
And a weekly CBD face mask is a great way to do that!
CBD Face Mask Recipe
Some of the beauty products on the market are awesome, and some are just jumping on the CBD bandwagon. The same is true of CBD face masks – some are great, some, well, not so much. So we just make our own! That way, we know exactly what’s in them and we control the amount of CBD.
Thankfully, like so many CBD recipes, they’re really simple and cost effective.
For dry skin, try a moisturizing mask made with:
- 1/4 large avocado
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp of CBD oil
Or, soothe the skin with this one, using the anti-inflammatory magic of turmeric and cinnamon:
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt (go with full fat) or kefir
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp CBD oil
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
To help give your pores a good clean out, just add something with a little coarseness, and some lemon for its antibacterial prowess:
- The juice from 1 lemon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp CBD oil
For each mask, mix the ingredients together well and slather it on your face. Leave it for 10-15 mins, then rinse with warm water. For the pore clean out, feel free to gently give a little scrub while rinsing for even better action.
That’s it. Super simple, but effective. Take some me-time this week and make yourself a CBD face mask and enjoy a little self-care.