We all want to live young forever but we know that it is not possible. Many skincare products offer to reduce the signs of aging. However, many of these products are ineffective and may cause side effects. Experts say that the effective alternative is CBD products. Let’s take a look at how CBD helps in anti-aging.
What are the causes of visible aging?
Both internal and external factors cause aging. The frequency of exposure to the latter increases the appearance of signs of aging, while the internal factors start setting in as early as 20 years of age.
Internal factors of aging
The internal factors of aging, at the skin level, include natural biological processes marked by the loss of collagen and elastin in our skin and the oil-producing glands producing lesser oil as the years pass by.
Collagen is a structural protein that keeps our skins taut and firm. As a person ages, their bodies produce lesser amounts of collagen that leads to the skin becoming thinner and more delicate.
Elastin is also a key protein located in the extracellular cell matrix, which renders elasticity to our skin. As people age, they lose elasticity in their skin, which results in the skin sagging, an effect that is compounded due to gravity.
Oil-glands cover the entirety of the human skin, the largest organ in the human body. These glands secrete oil that makes the skin glow and look youthful. They also trap moisture in the body and keeps the skin looking hydrated and healthy. However, in the natural process of aging, these glands produce lesser oil, which leads the skin to lose its moisture and over time become drier. Aging becomes more noticeable in dry skin.
Deeper down, below the skin, some more biological changes occur that add to the signs of aging, such as:
External factors of aging
Apart from the internal biological signs of aging, there are external factors that lead to aging, as well. These include:
CBD’s anti-aging benefits
CBD plays an active role in reversing the signs of aging by slowing down the loss of collagen and also aiding the sebaceous glands secrete oil, thus maintaining glowing skin.
Research has shown that CBD acts as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals in the body that cause aging and cell degeneration. Free radicals lead to the collagen tissues in the skin break down faster by countering free radicals in the body. The antioxidant properties of CBD help slow collagen loss down significantly and help the skin retain its natural taut and firmness.
Also, since endocannabinoids play a role in ensuring hormonal balance by sending messages to the receptors to signal glands to produce hormones, it is somewhat responsible for ensuring that the sebaceous gland secretes oil as well. Therefore, applying CBD or ingesting it can help boost the sebaceous glands in the skin, which might be losing its glow and luster.
In this way, CBD can play a crucial role in hindering two of the most crucial, internal biological functions that lead to aging and help you retain your younger, smooth skin for a longer period.
How to use CBD to ensure anti-aging?
CBD has been an established anti-aging compound that can be taken both orally and applied directly to areas showing signs of aging. However, for CBD to work at its best, it is recommended to actively stay away and protect oneself from the external influences that cause aging. For example, smoking increases the number of free radicals in the body, which is one of the major causes that leads to the early onset of signs of aging.
Exposure to the sun for long durations also leads to signs of aging due to exposure to UV rays. Using sun protectors with high SPF values along with sunglasses and umbrellas/hats can help protect the face and neck regions from the harsh rays and reduce the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Drinking at least eight glasses of water is recommended to ensure that the body is hydrated. Water boosts the production of both elastin and collagen.