As part of looking after our physical and mental health, it is critical to look after the health of your skin. The largest organ in our body, our skin is not only vulnerable to a range of infections and conditions, but it is also one of the most visible representations of our physical health.
Now, with most of us stuck inside, it is probably harder than ever to keep our skin healthy and glowing. And recently, some indications appeared that CBD can help you get the smooth skin you always wanted. However, is that truly the case and how does that work?
Later on, you can read about the influences of CBD oils on your skin, but we’ve also decided to include some other factors which can help you besides that. There are many things you can do as well as avoid, so we are going to jump right to it!
1. Ditch the cigarettes
You undoubtedly already know that smoking is terrible for your lungs, your cardiovascular health, and increases the risk of a range of cancers. However, you may not realize that smoking can also be devastating to your skin.
Cigarettes cause your blood vessels to harden and narrow, including the small blood vessels that bring blood to the skin. This means that the skin receives less blood and therefore less oxygen and nutrients, making it pale and sallow. Additionally, smoking damages the collagen and elastin, making your skin less strong or elastic.
2. Avoid Harsh Elements
Our skin is a very sensitive thing. Therefore, it is important to treat it gently and consider the chemicals and other elements we expose it to. Avoid overly strong soaps or detergents that can remove the oil from your skin, instead opting for mild and/or natural cleansers.
When shaving, be sure to use a shaving cream or lotion to protect your skin from the shaver. Hot water can even strip the natural oils from the skin, so you should avoid overly long showers or baths. Finally, make sure to use a suitable moisturiser to keep your skin moist and protected.
3. Minimize Sun Exposure
One of the most damaging elements for our skin is the sun. The sun’s powerful UV rays can cause wrinkles, age spots and other damage to the skin, not to mention skin cancer tumours including potentially deadly malignant melanomas. Some sun exposure is vital, because it provides us with the critical nutrient vitamin D.
However, it is important to keep the exposure of our skin’s UV rays to a minimum. Protect your skin through using SPF 15+ sunscreen whenever you are in the sun. Be sure to cover up with protective clothing and accessories, and keep out of the sun by staying in the shade as much as possible.
4. CBD Oil
CBD oil, a natural component derived from the hemp or cannabis plant, can be effective in managing the symptoms of some skin conditions. According to EvoPure, organic CBD oil products are effective in reducing the production of oils and acids be the sebaceous gland, and therefore help to reduce the appearance and symptoms of acne.
CBD oil is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and can therefore help to manage the symptoms of many skin conditions, as well as containing nutrients such as vitamin E that are helpful in boosting skin health.
5. Use Vitamin A
Just like the rest of our body’s organs, our skin needs vitamins and nutrients. Vitamin A compounds, also known as retinoids, are vital to the skin, because they increase the rate of cell turnover, refreshing new skin cells. The result is this adds to the brightness and glow to the skin. It also helps to minimise fine lines and eliminate dark spots and acne. Integrate Vitamin A into your skincare routine by applying a product including retinoids in the evening, after gently exfoliating and cleansing your skin.
6. Eat Well
What we put inside our bodies also manifests on the outside, affecting the appearance of our skin. Eating a healthy, balanced diet helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin, as well as helping to minimize problems such as acne. In particular, a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and proteins is beneficial, and can lead to younger-looking skin. It is equally important to keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
7. Minimize Stress
Stress can also play havoc with your skin, making it more sensitive and triggering acne breakouts and other issues such as hair loss, flaky or waxy patches on the scalp, scaly skin and hand rashes. Stress increases the amount of sebum your skin produces, the oily substance that blocks pores and causes acne.
Be sure to keep your stress levels down by identifying an eliminating the sources of stress. Exercise, relaxation and mindfulness can also help to manage the symptoms of stress, and promote better skin health.
Hopefully, we’ve managed to give you an insight into how CBD helps with purifying the skin, as well as what some other methods are that you can implement right away. We also want to note that before using CBD, you need to consult with people who are experts on the topic and who are authorized to prescribe CBD.