Thanks to the emerging acceptability of botox and temporary fillers, we are currently living in an age where you could effectively remain ageless for the rest of your life. If you’re more hardcore, you could even opt for a full-on facelift.
But realistically, the idea of getting new fillers injected every 6 months for the rest of your life isn’t economically sustainable for most people. On top of that, you’d probably have to give up being able to display the full range of human emotion. Thankfully, there might be an easier way to slow down the signs of ageing without reaching for the needle.
As well as treating acne and dermatitis, there is evidence that the skin-loving properties of CBD may also have some serious anti-ageing benefits. From hydration and anti-inflammation to reversing sun damage, here’s everything you need to know about the anti-ageing effects of CBD.
What are the signs of ageing?
Loss of elasticity
From around the age of 25, the skin’s collagen production starts to decrease slowly – around 1% each year. Collagen is one of the most fundamental building blocks in the makeup of the skin, and once we start to lose collagen, the structure of the skin is compromised and wrinkles begin to form. Which leads us to…
Fine lines and wrinkles
One of the most prominent signs of ageing is the occurrence of fine lines and deeper wrinkles in the skin, around the eyes and mouth in particular. One of the reasons that wrinkles appear in these areas first is that the skin around the eyes and mouth is particularly delicate and considerably thinner than the skin on the rest of the face and neck.
As well as losing collagen, as we age the skin produces less of its own naturally occurring hyaluronic acid . With less hyaluronic acid, the skin is less able to retain moisture which causes dryness. As the skin’s natural support system weakens, this dryness can speed up the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
Loss of volume
As we age, there is a noticeable decrease in volume in the contours of the face which is what creates a “sagging” appearance. The loss of volume is particularly noticeable in areas like the nasolabial fold (where your laugh lines are), under the jawline and around the cheekbones. This loss of volume then attributes to the appearance of wrinkles, as the face appears less plump and “filled out” than it once was.
As skin ages, it becomes noticeably less vibrant, and uneven skin tone becomes much more prevalent – through things like age spots, sun damage and acne scarring. Dullness in the skin is largely caused by a reduction in the microcirculation of blood and lymphatic fluid, which means that essential nutrients and oxygen aren’t being delivered efficiently to the surface of the skin.
Anti-ageing benefits of CBD oil
One of the most crucial anti-ageing effects of CBD is its ability to boost the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid in the skin. Research around CBD shows that when applied topically, CBD oil acts as a vasodilator and increases blood flow to tiny capillaries in the skin. By improving circulation, CBD helps your skin to deliver fresh oxygen and nutrients to the outermost layers, resulting in a brighter and more radiant complexion.
Boosting skin circulation may also help to fight volume loss in the skin and kick-start collagen production, to fight sagging skin.
Boost surface hydration
As we age, the skin becomes much less able to retain moisture and hydration on its own.
CBD oil can help to prevent surface dryness in the skin, by acting as an occlusive and sealing hydration into the skin.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are also particularly effective at soothing and repairing the skin from inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis that are characterised by dryness. Typically, the repeated trauma to the skin associated with these conditions (through repeated flaking, redness, patchiness and skin cracking) could weaken the skin’s foundations and result in wrinkles forming earlier. By using an anti-ageing cream infused with CBD oil, you can boost surface hydration in the skin while also preventing against further damage.
Improve skin tone
As mentioned earlier, ageing skin is also more prone to damage like broken capillaries, sun damage and acne scarring, but boosting skin circulation helps to fight this. When skin is properly nourished from a good blood supply, it is much better at healing itself – so you’ll notice blemishes and scars fading much quicker.
CBD is also packed full of antioxidants, which can help to repair the skin and fight against free-radical damage. As a result, CBD anti-ageing creams may be particularly beneficial in reducing the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone and wrinkles.
Fighting against sun damage
The antioxidants in CBD may also help to fight against sun damage. While sun damage can cause uneven skin tone and sunburns, in the long run it is also one of the biggest factors in slowing down collagen production and reducing elasticity in the skin.
One easy way to increase the effectiveness of your SPF is by using creams and serums that are rich antioxidants, like CBD. By offering an extra barrier of protection against environmental damage, CBD can help your SPF perform even better and reduce the long term damage of sun exposure.
Using CBD for anti-ageing
As such a powerhouse of skin-loving, anti-ageing properties, it’s no wonder that CBD beauty and skincare products are experiencing a huge boom in popularity. If you want to experiment with introducing CBD into your anti-ageing skincare regime, luckily CBD oil is a diverse product with a wide variety of uses.
Now that CBD has hit the mainstream, there are tonnes of excellent products formulated with CBD to choose from. Alternatively, you can also add a few drops of CBD oil to your favourite face oil or daily moisturiser for an extra nourishing boost.
CBD is also a very stable ingredient to incorporate into your existing routine, and unlike some other popular ingredients (like acid exfoliants and vitamin C) it’s not likely to clash with any of your other products.