The key to having healthy, glowing, smooth skin could actually start with regular use of high-quality CBD.
The reason CBD can be such an effective solution for a variety of skin issues is because of how it interacts with your endocannabinoid system: Your body’s master regulator and a huge key for your survival.
Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a unique communications system in your body that’s made up of a network of receptors. These receptors are located all throughout your brain and body, and many are found on your immune cells, as well as the dermis and epidermis of your skin.
No matter where they are, these receptors – when activated – work together to maintain homeostasis, or perfect balance and stability within your body.
When the receptors on your skin are activated, then your ECS starts to balance many of your skin’s key functions, such as oil production, proper/even pigmentation, and much more.
When the receptors on your immune cells are activated, then your ECS can better modulate inflammation and your body’s immune response.
The ‘goldilocks’ zone – when all the conditions in your skin and immune system are just right (not too dry, not too oily, not over- or under-reactive, etc.) – ONLY happens when the ECS receptors are activated by a very specific type of molecule…
Simply put, cannabinoids regulate how cells communicate – how they send, receive, or process messages.
There are 2 types of cannabinoids: Endogenous (produced inside the body) and exogenous (produced in plants), also known as phytocannabinoids.
There is one specific plant-derived phytocannabinoid that is the best at binding to ECS receptors and signaling them to do their job – to bring back balance, reduce the stress response, and produce majorly positive changes in your skin.
And that is cannabidiol (ka·nuh·buh·dai·uhl), or CBD for short.
CBD is derived from either cannabis or hemp, cannabis’ cousin. The CBD in SomaLeaf comes from hemp because, unlike marijuana, it contains close to zero THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana that can get you high. (If it has over 0.3% THC, it is considered marijuana and cannot be sold as hemp.)
So while you won’t get ‘stoned’, ‘high’, or ‘intoxicated’ from ingesting hemp, your body chemistry (and skin!) can change in positive ways when you use CBD…
There are 5 major ways CBD can positively impact your ECS – and skin:
1. Slow skin’s aging by reducing free radical damage to the epidermis and balancing oxidative stress (diminish issues like scars, wrinkles, dullness, age spots, or skin discoloration).
According to Jeanette Jacknin, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in topical cannabinoids in skincare, studies have shown that “affecting the endocannabinoid system with CBD can help the skin look more radiant and youthful.” Another study, she says, suggests that CBD could slow down the visible signs of aging in mice.
2. Boost the integrity of your skin membrane, making skin less vulnerable to damage and better able to perform all of its functions (thermoregulation, vitamin D synthesis, sensation, protection, body image, water retention, and electrolyte balance).
This study published in Redox Biology shows CBD was found to protect keratinocytes by preventing changes in the composition of the cellular membrane. The main purpose of these keratin-producing cells is to preserve against unwanted invaders; to protect against UV radiation; and to minimize heat, solute and water loss.
3. Support a healthy inflammatory response and help to calm angry, red skin.
This study done in 2015 showed that CBD appears to affect a class of molecules important to the inflammation process called cytokines. CBD tends to reduce the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines, thereby promoting a healthy inflammatory response.
4. Help alleviate dry, itchy, cracked skin by balancing the production and flow of sebum.
A research study concludes that CBD supports healthy sebocytes (specialized cells that produce lipids that work to moisturize the skin), in turn restoring the natural balance of oil production in the body.
6. Improve the production of collagen, making the skin and muscles firmer and connective tissue and bones stronger.
A study done in 2015 showed that CBD stimulated the production of collagen — the most abundant protein in the body and the substance that holds the body together.
Bottom line: High-quality CBD is highly effective at activating your endocannabinoid system and bringing your skin and immune system into homeostasis, or perfect balance. Without CBD, your skin could very likely have a hard time functioning at (and looking) its best.
So it’s simple—to help create healthy, happy, dewy-looking skin that’s soft and smooth, try truly amazing and life-changing CBD!
By the way, in addition to high-quality CBD (that’s carefully harvested and extracted from organic, non-GMO hemp plants), SomaLeaf also contains full-spectrum turmeric. Turmeric has been studied extensively over the last 25 years and has been shown to promote radiant skin and enhance detoxification.
So the powerful plant duo in SomaLeaf could really be the key to having perfectly balanced, healthy skin!