Although winter has its charm, the cold weather can be a bit of a downer, especially coming after the warm, sunny days of summer and the crisp, refreshing days of autumn. On top of bringing down the mood and necessitating the wearing of several layers of clothing, the drop in temperature can cause skin issues. It’s not uncommon for people to develop a dry, itchy rash often referred to as winter rash; in addition, people also suffer acne breakouts and chapped lips.
Did you know that CBD or cannabidiol can help soothe your skin during winter? Extracted from hemp, a nonpsychoactive variety of cannabis, cannabidiol is packed with a plethora of potent medicinal properties. Thanks to these properties, CBD has become a popular natural remedy for conditions such as chronic pain, stress, anxiety and insomnia. But how does it help your skin?
For starters, the plant hydrates your skin. Winter’s cold temperatures and low-humidity levels can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to extremely dry or dehydrated skin. Several studies have found that due to its infusions of oils and vitamins A, C, and E, CBD can deeply moisturize and protect the skin. Cannabidiol is also a potent antioxidant, and it helps prevent dehydrated skin by protecting it against free-radical damage.
Free-radicals are unstable molecules that damage the skin and cause wrinkles, aging, dryness and unwanted pigmentation. By protecting against free radical damage, CBD ensures that your skin stays hydrated and healthy.
CBD’s antioxidant and inflammatory properties can also soothe and restore dry and inflamed skin. You are more likely to break out during the colder months. As the air grows colder and dryer, it causes the water in your skin to evaporate faster, leaving your skin dry and dehydrated. In this state, your skin is weaker and more likely to develop conditions such as dermatitis (eczema) and inflammation.
Because of its potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD fights inflammation, making it an effective countermeasure against skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, these properties allow CBD to reduce the inflammation related to swelling and redness of acne, with research also showing that the hemp-extract helps to normalize skin cell growth.
Finally most skin conditions tend to cause itching, which often makes the original condition even worse. CBD has shown great promise for reducing itching by blocking the sensation through the nerve endings. Research has found that ingredient can effectively treat chronic treatment-resistant itching. CBD has relatively impressive results against most skin conditions due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
If you suffer from any skin condition that worsens as the cold weather rolls in, consider including CBD in your skin-care routine. However, make sure you consult a doctor before you start, especially if you are pregnant or on any medications.
An interesting cannabis company that you should watch if you would like to learn more about what is available in this industry is Pure Extract Technologies Inc. The company is a plant-based extraction company that has recently added a new functional mushrooms vertical to its offerings. It has previously been focused on extracting cannabis compounds both in-house and for other licensed producers in Canada.