Our skin needs oils to remain healthy. But as we get older, we produce less collagen - 1% less every year starting at age 20 - and our major oil-producing glands shrink in size.
This means we gradually lose the natural capacity to produce as much nourishing oil, or lipids, as our skin needs.
Sebaceous glands - the ones that secrete those oils to hydrate and protect skin - are supported when the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is activated.
And one way to activate and balance the ECS is by supplementing our natural endocannabinoid production with cannabinoids, in the form of both CBD drops and topical products (see our article on CBD Skincare)
Cannabis is packed with omega 3's and 6's, as well as other fatty acids and proteins.
These nutrients hydrate skin by keeping cell membranes healthy, and cell membranes are important because they’re responsible for blocking bad compounds from getting in and allowing nourishing compounds into cells.
CBD as a compound can also help to neutralise free radical damage by acting as an antioxidant.
Free radicals are chaotic molecules that wreak havoc throughout the body, but particularly impact skin health. They occur and accumulate when the skin is subjected to air pollution, ultraviolet rays from the sun and other adverse conditions.
The skin is the body’s barrier to these external hazards and thus takes the brunt of the damage, causing it to become dry, flakey and wrinkled.
But, through its rich antioxidant properties, cannabis can protect the skin from the wear and tear that is often caused by the external environment.
CBD is understood to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins E and C, meaning that cannabinoids prevent skin from getting chapped and dry in the first place and can also heal parts of the body that have already been affected.
CBD products like our Lip Balm, Body Lotion and Day/Night Moisturisers are especially good for this purpose.