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Sidelined With Sunburn? Try CBD!

April 6, 2022 | somebody

 

When people look at you, the first thing they see is your skin. People make instantaneous first impressions of who you are and what your character is based on your skin. This can be a problem when our skin exposes our sunburn, blemishes and imperfections.

We believe that people should feel comfortable in the skin they’re in, no matter what. With that said, there’s still a certain reality that most of us wish we could do something to make our skin look better. Most over-the-counter skin products merely mask the problem or simply don’t work at all. And they tend to be quite expensive. 

Here’s the good news!  We know the ingredient that helps our skin look its best and heal from damage caused by the sun…and it’s CBD! CBD has multiple avenues by which it helps our skin. It works within your endocannabinoid system to heal your skin from the inside out. It also works topically, when applied to wounds, to help them heal faster. And it soothes and calms the sting of sunburn. So come along as we discuss how CBD works wonders for the skin!

Skincare 101

Before we delve into how CBD helps our skin, let’s first enumerate a list of traits most closely associated with healthy looking skin.

Hydration

Proper skin hydration keeps our skin from cracking or showing irritation. Hydration can be accomplished any number of ways, from utilizing a daily moisturizer to applying lotions to your skin and drinking lots of water!

Plumpness

Skin that’s plump, as opposed to taut or gaunt, is ideal. Plump skin tends to show fewer wrinkles and fine lines over time. Skin plumpness can also be a gauge of hydration levels.

Robust elasticity

Elasticity refers to the skin’s general ability to bounce back into place after it’s been stretched. Elasticity tends to fade as we age. Robust elasticity is considered a good sign of plump, healthy-looking skin.

Reduced appearance of pores

Our skin is comprised of thousands of tiny pores, which are especially noticeable when they become dirty over time. Blackheads and other blemishes cloud our skin tone and tend to make our skin look older. By keeping your pores clean and clear, it’s an easy way to enhance the appearance of your skin.

Balanced sebum oil levels

Sebaceous glands secrete a substance called sebum. You can think of this as one of your body’s natural oils that coats and protects your skin. But sometimes sebum can accumulate and make your face look oily. It’s important to maintain sebum levels without drying out the face or stripping its natural protections. Which is why balance is key!

What does the sun do to your skin?

The sun has some positive effects on the skin, such as stimulating the production of Vitamin D. With that said, its harmful UV rays means long term exposure to the sun is not good for skin health.

Extensive sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin. Damage from the sun’s UV rays has been linked with all of the following skin issues: wrinkles, lines, sagging, leathery looking skin, dark spots and, of course, skin cancer.

Furthermore, acute exposure to the sun, such as sunburn, can lead to irritated skin and can even stimulate the body’s inflammatory response. How many of us have experienced UV damage after falling asleep on a warm, sunny day at the beach. Only to wake up several hours later and discover your sunscreen wore off and now you’re beet red. Aside from the appearance, sunburn causes your immune system to go into overdrive, which can lead to more redness, discomfort, pain, and burning.

If you’re looking for sunburn relief, natural remedies like aloe vera can provide some limited short term relief. But if you’re really struggling with painful physical symptoms, or redness that won’t go away, CBD topicals offer many benefits and provide the best relief!

Why CBD is the best tool in your skincare toolbox

Now let’s explore how CBD helps your skin look its best!

 

Topical CBD regulates over 150 genes in the skin

According to research conducted by California-based research firm Genemarkers, the application of topical CBD impacts and regulates the functioning of over 150 genes. Many of those genes help control wound healing, pigmentation, acne and aging. Consequently, gene expression is a critical element to balancing our body’s equilibrium. Genemarkers research suggests that there are loads of avenues in which topical CBD can help the skin, from anti-aging properties to alleviation of sunburn symptoms.

CBD encourages the production of new healthy skin cells

Whenever the skin experiences trauma, the body immediately starts repairing itself. The problem is, if left to its own devices, the human body is fairly slow at skin-healing. This can be exacerbated if the person has underlying health conditions. The longer it takes to heal, the more likely it is to result in a scar.

That’s where topical CBD comes into play. As this 2020 medically reviewed study published in the National Library of Medicine proves, treating your skin with a CBD product will play a critical role in healing wounds by stimulating the production of new skin cells.

Essentially, CBD supercharges the natural healing process. CBD products, like fat-based CBD cream, will promote healing of the skin following an injury. As a result, quickened cell regeneration helps reduce scar formation.

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties help your skin

Another way CBD helps the skin’s appearance is by reducing inflammation. While plumpness is a desired trait in the skin, inflammation is anything but. Furthermore, skin inflammation is extraordinarily common especially after sun damage.

As nature’s preeminent anti-inflammatory, CBD reduces the infamous swelling and irritation associated with sunburn, wounds or other skin issues, allowing the body to focus on recovery. In case you’re looking for more medically reviewed proof this article details CBD’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

CBD balances sebum levels

A few paragraphs ago, we were talking about how one of key factors to having great looking skin was balancing your sebum levels. This keeps your skin from appearing too oily and can also help with acne. Believe it or not, CBD is one of the best ways to address sebum levels on the face!

According to this study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation, they discovered that CBD behaved as a highly effective sebostatic agent. Partly due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is able to suppress excess sebum production. As a result, it’s able to balance oil levels in the skin without leading to excessive drying. This has the added benefit of helping reduce acne.

CBD improves skin elasticity

There are any number of studies that dive deep into how CBD helps the skin retain its elasticity. Again, elasticity is a highly coveted trait in the skin. Elastic skin looks younger and more vibrant.

This study, published in 2019, dives into skin evaluations bolstered by photographic data and clinical assessment. One of its main findings was that CBD-enriched ointment, which could be CBD oil or another topical product, significantly improved major skin parameters such as elasticity, especially for patients with skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

What is the ECS? Intro to the Endocannabinoid System

In case you aren’t familiar with your body’s Endocannabinoid System, let’s discuss what it is and how CBD works within it.

The ECS is a biological system that exists inside you and is as important as major systems such as your nervous system and respiratory system. While research on this critical system is fairly new, we know that the ECS is involved with the preservation of your body’s equilibrium, i.e., homeostasis. This means the ECS is responsible for regulating any number of critical physiological and cognitive functions, such as sleep, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, memory, etc. In other words, it helps maintain your overall health.

When our homeostasis is thrown out of equilibrium, the endocannabinoid system needs all the resources it can get. That’s where CBD comes into play, as it provides much-needed back-up to help calm inflamed nerves, which soothes our pain.

How does the ECS work?

The endocannabinoid system consists of three parts: receptors, cannabinoids and enzymes. First, the cannabinoids are like fuel for the entire ECS. Cannabinoids float inside your bloodstream and are stored in fat waiting to be utilized. Whenever they’re needed, they bind to and/or interact with cannabinoid receptors, thereby triggering a function to bring the body back into homeostasis. The receptors exist all along our central and peripheral nervous system, in your organs and muscle tissue, so they reach every part of you. Think of these as landing pads for cannabinoids. 

Finally the enzymes break down unnecessary and unused cannabinoids.

You can learn more about the ECS here.Now that you have a very general idea of how the system works, imagine the problems that arise when the body is lacking cannabinoids, the fuel for the entire ECS! A cannabinoid deficiency makes it more challenging for the ECS to establish homeostasis. But the good news is, anyone taking CBD is refilling their system with cannabinoids!

Somebody products to incorporate into your skincare routine

Now that we’ve discussed all the benefits of CBD, let’s figure out how to get that CBD onto your skin and into your bloodstream. Here’s a list of Somebody’s most popular and effective products for those looking to bolster their skincare routine and expand their arsenal of pain-fighting products.

CBD Muscle, Joint and Skin Balm – This multi-purpose butter balm provides nourishment, pain relief and healing to wounds, skin, joints and muscles!

Shea butters – Shea butter is a powerfully nourishing daily moisturizer that’s perfect for rashes, scars, stretch marks and sunburns!

CBD Restorative Lip Balm – Don’t forget, your lips can get too much sun too! CBD works wonders for your lips. It eases pain and reduces the inflammation associated with dry, cracked lips and even helps the skin repair itself.

Electric Daisy – Electric Daisy is a stimulating medicinal plant known for giving a tingly sensation when consumed orally or added to skincare. This is why it’s sometimes referred to as a “natural botox.” And it provides a powerful tightening effect to the skin!

Hydrosols – Somebody’s hydrosols, or distilled “flower waters,” work to balance, calm and repair your skin by encouraging blood flow and providing hydration. Therefore they’re gentler and safer for sensitive skin.

Witch Hazels – Witch hazel, a 14% distilled organic alcohol, has been used for centuries for sanitizing wounds, calming inflammation and neutralizing oils in the skin. 

Modern standards of beauty

At Somebody, we believe everyone should have access to affordable, effective skin care products. We believe in sharing the benefits of CBD with the world. But we also believe that everyone should love the skin they’re in.

Don’t let magazines dictate how you feel about your skin. If you have blemishes and imperfections, we implore you to embrace them! That’s what makes each one of us special, unique and beautiful. Thankfully, when we survey the cultural landscape, we see evolving standards of beauty, in which people are learning to embrace themselves for who they are.

Conclusion

Skincare-and-wound care shouldn’t be about spending thousands of dollars to mask your insecurities. It should be about using natural products that work within your body to make you feel proud and ready to take on the world.

CBD has the power to enhance your skin in so many different ways. CBD tempers sunburn, improves elasticity, fights acne, and helps heal wounds, just to name a few. All without any side effects.

CBD is the safe, pain-free way to get the skin you’ve always wanted. And it’s the safe, pain-free way to treat sunburn! Don’t waste another minute treating your sunburns with weird chemicals. Don’t waste another minute on expensive creams and facial cleansers that don’t work. Check out the products Somebody has to offer and be proud to show off your skin!

 

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