October 26, 2021

CBD For Anti-Aging: Skin Care & Beyond


A wrinkle here. A grey hair (or three) there. We all notice the signs of aging eventually. There’s nothing wrong with embracing the change. But these physical shifts are a cue to make sure you’re giving your skin and body the TLC it needs in this season of life.

The cannabis compound CBD is an all-natural way to support your skin and overall health from the inside out. Fewer wrinkles, better beauty sleep, and less stress are a few ways it could help you look and feel youthful.

How exactly does CBD work these miracles? We’re so glad you asked!

How Can CBD Oil Reverse Signs Of Aging?

Of course, CBD doesn’t really have time-erasing powers. But it has some pretty amazing capabilities.

The secret to CBD’s success is its partnership with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). You’ve got an ECS, your best friend has an ECS, your dog has an ECS — everybody has an ECS! You’d think Oprah was handing them out or something…

The ECS keeps your entire being in balance, and it's networked through your whole system. Even your skin is in the loop.

CBD links into the ECS, giving your body a chance to absorb these properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory(1)
  • Antioxidative(1)
  • Anti-tumor(2)
  • Stress-reducing(3)
  • Neuroprotective(4)
  • And more!

These properties are behind the benefits of CBD that have been measured by science, and the results experienced by people using CBD products.

For more details on how CBD’s properties can benefit aging individuals, readCBD For Seniors & Older Adults next.

The Anti-Aging Benefits Of CBD

Now that you’ve got the scoop on how CBD functions, let’s explore what that looks like in the anti-aging department.

Since beauty goes way beyond skin deep, we’ll start with the ways CBD can help bring your body and mind into balance. Then we’ll zoom out to look at how CBD benefits skin directly.

CBD May Help Reduce Stress

Stress can manifest in many different ways, affecting your health and appearance.

Some stress is inevitable, but chronic stress taxes your body, which can make you feel and look older than you are. Research has even linked stress to gray hair.(5) Eeeep!

The great news is that keeping stress levels down can help you feel great in your skin for years to come. Current research suggests that CBD may reduce stress and anxiety.(6)

CBD Can Improve Your Beauty Sleep

Nothing says “youthful glow” like a night of good sleep. And the immediate benefits of getting enough rest go beyond preventing those pesky under-eye circles. Sleep is when the body (skin included) recovers and the mind gets the break it needs to be resilient to stress during waking hours.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to interrupt the recommended seven-plus hours needed for health and well-being. Anxiety, stress, and pain are common culprits of sleep disturbances including insomnia.

CBD’s ability to work holistically with the body and mind through the ECS means it may help manage the issues that interrupt sleep.(7) CBD oil with melatonin — the sleep hormone — can offer an even greater assist with getting the quality sleep you need to wake up refreshed.

CBD Can Keep You Moving & Sweating

Did you know that sweating is good for your skin? Its benefits go beyond cleaning out pores. Recent research has found that it actually reverses the process of aging in the skin by boosting mitochondrial activity.(8) This translates to each layer of skin staying healthy, which prevents sagging and wrinkles.

Unfortunately, joints and other body parts tend to get cranky as they age, which can make working out harder — especially when you’re trying to work hard enough to break a sweat. This is where CBD oil comes in.

CBD’s antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties can:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis so you can maintain daily activity
  • Make post-workout recovery less painful so you can stay moving.
  • Shorten recovery time from working out and injuries, getting you back into your sweat-inducing routine faster

CBD Is Packed With Antioxidants

Antioxidants are tiny heroes that fight off free radicals that damage cells throughout the body. Spoiler alert: CBD is full of them! That’s in part because of the cannabidiol (CBD) itself, and partially due to the presence of other compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids.

Why’s this a win when you’re aiming to age gracefully? Well, cell damage caused by free radicals can break down tissues, including collagen. Collagen gives skin a firm, plump appearance. Since it starts waning around the age of 30, it’s never too early to start giving your collagen a helping hand with CBD oil.

Free radicals are also linked to cancer and other diseases, so combatting free radicals is a boon to overall health, too.

CBD Could Help Erase Wrinkles

You didn’t think we’d forget about wrinkles, did you? It turns out there’s more CBD can do than all of the above for preventing and reducing signs of aging.

Keep in mind that the first wrinkle you spot isn’t a random occurrence. Over time, sun exposure, pollution, stress, poor diet, and other factors all add up to what we see when we look in the mirror. It adds up to reduced skin elasticity and skin dehydration which manifests as, yep, you guessed it: wrinkles.

Although research hasn’t focused on CBD for wrinkles specifically, researchers found that a CBD ointment improved skin elasticity and hydration.(9) This indicates that CBD skincare may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Additionally, there’s evidence that CBD can reduce acne and help scarred skin heal, which can improve skin appearance in the long run.(10)

Want to go beyond skin deep on CBD for blemishes? ReadCBD For Acne after this.

Using CBD To Reduce Signs Of Aging

Although CBD is federally legal and non-intoxicating, you might have a hard time finding a dermatologist or healthcare pro to point you in the right direction. If you want to incorporate CBD into your wellness routine, these tips will get you on track.

The Best CBD Products For Wrinkles & Anti-Aging

There are a lot of CBD products out there, so you might be wondering where to begin. You can choose from two main forms of CBD: topical CBD or ingestible CBD.

  • The world of CBD skincare is exploding. Take your pick of topical CBD skincare products (not to be confused with topical CBD rub for pain relief) to see what works for you, or whip up a DIY CBD anti-aging cream recipe. Just keep in mind that when applied topically, CBD won’t fully penetrate the skin layers and be absorbed into the bloodstream. It’s more of an on-the-spot deal.
  • For whole-body benefits, you might consider an ingestible CBD product. CBD drops and CBD softgels make it easy to integrate CBD into your routine. Make sure you choose a broad-spectrum CBD product so you get the antioxidant power of terpenes and flavonoids. And go for a product that’s made from organic hemp (to avoid toxins) and has been nano-optimized (for max absorption).

Develop A CBD Regimen

You might be eager to nix those incoming crow’s feet ASAP, but any skincare or wellness product needs time to work its magic before you see results. CBD is no exception.

Use the CBD products of your choice daily or as directed for best results. You can use topical and ingestible CBD products together to make sure your skin and whole body are getting the anti-aging advantages it has to offer. Just be sure to review the guidelines below before you press go.

Safety First!

  • Before getting started with any CBD product, read the label and certificate of analysis. This can help you avoid ingredients you may be allergic or sensitive to.
  • Check with your physician before using CBD if you take medications or have a medical condition.
  • Follow the “low and slow” rule when you first start ingesting CBD — start with a low dose and gradually increase from there.
  • For topical products, use them according to the package directions.

Embracing The Age Of CBD

Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of a glowing complexion and balanced life. Natural and non-psychoactive CBD can be a part of your anti-aging regimen. Use it consistently for the best chance of preventing and reducing the physical signs of aging.

When ingested, CBD might reduce stress, improve skin appearance, support better sleep, help you stay active, and ward off inflammation.

Topical CBD is another option. CBD skincare products deliver benefits to the skin directly, which may help reduce wrinkles and acne. Meanwhile, CBD joint creams could relieve aches and pains so you feel like a spring chicken again.



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  2. Seltzer, ES, et al. (2020). Cannabidiol (CBD) as a Promising Anti-Cancer Drug. Cancers. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers12113203
  3. Cherney, K. (2020). Using CBD Oil For Anxiety: Does It Work? Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-anxiety
  4. Fernández-Ruiz, J, et al. (2013). Cannabidiol for neurodegenerative disorders: important new clinical applications for this phytocannabinoid?. British journal of clinical pharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04341.x
  5. (2020). How Stress Causes Gray Hair. News in Health. https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2020/04/how-stress-causes-gray-hair
  6. Cherney, K. (2020). Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work? Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-anxiety
  7. Chanine, E. (2020). CBD as a Sleep Aid. Sleep Foundation. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/cbd-and-sleep
  8. Hoff, V. (2021). Is Sweating Actually Good for Your Skin? We Asked A Dermatologist. The Thirty. https://thethirty.whowhatwear.com/is-sweating-good-for-your-skin
  9. Palmieri, B, et al. (2019). A therapeutic effect of cbd-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars. La Clinica terapeutica. https://doi.org/10.7417/CT.2019.2116
  10. Johnson, J. (2019). CBD for acne: Does it work? Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324689

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