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CBD Oil for Wrinkles: Does It Actually Work?

You probably already know someone who takes CBD oil to relieve stress or anxiety or rubs CBD balm on their joints after sports or before bed. Chances are good that you know the basics about CBD, but what’s the connection to aging and wrinkles?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a component that occurs naturally in cannabis. Unlike the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in cannabis, CBD won’t get you high, but it does boast a range of medicinal uses. In fact, more and more consumers are now using CBD to treat all kinds of maladies, from insomnia and nausea to muscle pain and depression.

So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that now CBD is turning up in all kinds of high-end skincare serums, gels, masks, and creams, all of which make different claims. Some aim to alleviate dry skin, others can prevent pimples, and some smooth wrinkles.

How does it work? Like other powerful antioxidants, CBD can help reduce visible signs of aging. CBD topicals can soothe inflammation and counteract damage from free-radicals, improving signs of aging such as wrinkles, ruddy skin tone, and skin dullness and making them less noticeable.

In this post, we’ll cover how CBD can help reduce wrinkles and aging in the following sections:

Causes of Skin Aging

The vast majority of visible aging of the skin is caused by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light. Stress, pollution, an unhealthful diet, and other factors related to lifestyle are also relevant. In fact, only a small portion of the aging we see on our skin is caused by changes that naturally occur in our bodies as we get older.

After age 20 or so, the skin becomes less elastic and firm as the body produces about 1 percent less collagen each year and also reduces elastin production. The skin becomes thinner and more delicate, and its capacity to heal itself lessens. These problems get worse as less oil is produced by the oil glands beneath the skin’s outer layer, and the end result of the combined changes can be larger pores, fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles—all traits that can make the skin appear even older than it really is.

It’s not yet possible to prevent aging, but there are things we can do to target, prevent, and in some cases reverse premature aging. This is particularly true given that so much of what causes signs of aging skin (such as sunlight exposure or poor diet) originates outside the body and within our control.

The question is, how could CBD help reduce or mitigate the impacts these factors play when it comes to signs of aging?

What Is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating plant compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Therefore, it occurs naturally in both hemp plants and marijuana plants. Typically manufacturers extract CBD as a powder and suspend it in an oil such as hemp oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. Because CBD is fat-soluble and each of these oils has its own benefits, each suspension may enhance the CBD’s effectiveness.

Unlike the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana, CBD oil in skincare products cannot get you high. CBD simply does not share the same mind-altering qualities.

CBD oil and hemp seed oil are not the same thing, but both are excellent for the skin. Although businesses often market the two products interchangeably, the difference is in the CBD concentration itself. Hemp seed oil contains only trace amounts of CBD, if any, though it is derived from hemp plant seeds. Hemp seed oil is among the best non-animal sources of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, and many of these acids are known for their skin-moisturizing benefits such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

CBD oil is much more concentrated in CBD. All FDA-regulated CBD products follow the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), meaning they should have their name and an ingredient label that actually lists cannabidiol. Any alternative titles or terms on ingredient labels may or may not signal a product that actually contains cannabidiol. For example, “CBD-enriched hemp seed oil” is not the same ingredient as cannabidiol. In any case, you can always request the assay or product specification from the company to be 100 percent certain of what you are getting.

What Does CBD in Skincare Do?

In broad terms, we are just beginning to learn how CBD and skin care work together. It works in the body and in topical CBD products.

CBD is one of more than 100 phytocannabinoids (plant cannabinoids). The human body produces its own cannabinoids naturally throughout the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, and those cannabinoids are called endocannabinoids. In the body, endocannabinoids bind as neurotransmitters with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and body. They help achieve stasis and regulate many internal functions such as appetite, hormones, immune system, mood, sleep, and more.

The ECS cannot always completely regulate all bodily functions or produce the exact right level of cannabinoids itself. This is why introducing phytocannabinoids from cannabis can improve the body’s health in a number of ways.

CBD Oil vs CBD Topicals for Wrinkles on the Skin

CBD oil for wrinkles

Listen, no matter what, do not smoke to help your skin. That is a fail. Whether it’s cannabis, regular cigarettes, or CBD flower, smoking is just not ideal for anti-aging. Smoking can produce free radicals, and other organic materials in the cannabis plant and certainly in some vape pen oils contain substances that are not great for your lungs or skin once they’re burned and inhaled by you.

This essentially leaves you treating skin conditions with CBD topicals such as face cream or balm and CBD oils. One acceptable method for consuming CBD in the anti-aging context is to use a strong, high-quality CBD extract or CBD oil orally. Particularly if you hold the product under your tongue to absorb, you may experience the effects more quickly.

However, for skin treatments including anti-aging and wrinkles, topical CBD lotions and creams can also be beneficial, particularly when applied directly to target areas in high doses. The best of these products also provide other organic compounds such as essential oils, vitamin E, and other skin health ingredients that encourage additional collagen production, tighten the skin, and offer other critical nutrients that boost the skin’s health to the next level.

How Does CBD Treat Aging?

Wrinkles: there are so many reasons we get them, and so much of the damage is done long before we’re adults who care. Anything from a genetic predisposition to crow’s feet, smoking, sun exposure from UV rays, or even just extensive stress can apparently be written all over our faces.

But antioxidants are one of the keys to fighting the ravages of aging, and that’s the first reason that CBD topicals can help visibly diminish issues like skin dullness, wrinkles, and ruddy skin tone.

CBD oil helps combat wrinkles and reduce signs of the aging process in the following ways:

Has an Antioxidant Effect

CBD from the hemp plant has even more powerful antioxidant properties than vitamins C and E. These antioxidants help reduce free-radicals which wreak havoc throughout the body—including attacking the collagen fibers. CBD also fights harmful free radical byproducts of natural bodily processes such as toxins, not just externally sourced free radicals.

Fights Inflammation

CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can treat skin inflammation, relax the skin, and reduce redness, leaving existing damage such as wrinkles less visible. These anti-inflammatory effects also make CBD topicals effective treatments for eczema and psoriasis. GLA and the essential fatty acid omega 3 also reduce inflammation and gently moisturize the skin.

Encourages Sebum Production

One of the keys to dealing with both signs of aging and acne is regulating sebum or oil production in the face. CBD and hemp oil both regulate the oil glands to maintain the correct level of sebum production. Optimal sebum production means smoother, less sensitive, more supple skin.

Soothes Sensitive Skin

CBD oil also boasts notable skin-normalizing, soothing, and calming benefits and can help minimize skin sensitivity issues, including reactivity and redness. These benefits can help anyone’s skin cope with the rigors of exposure to environmental stressors.

When you think about anti-aging properties and CBD, you might have mostly prevention of skin damage in mind. There is some evidence, though, that CBD may help reverse existing signs of aging as antioxidants. And there are still other ways that using CBD topicals could help develop a more youthful appearance:

  • Less stress means less cortisol production—and cortisol exacerbates skin issues.
  • Treating pain, especially chronic pain, reduces facial expressions that create wrinkles.
  • Better quality sleep improves health overall.

Using CBD oil for wrinkles can have great anti-aging effects with the right products. Learn more about CBD oil helps fight wrinkles and aging in our full post.

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