Updated: Feb 19
Effective skincare products all have one thing in common—antioxidant-rich formulations.
The reason why is due to oxidative stress, which research indicates plays a major role in the aging process. It just so happens that the main job of antioxidants is to keep oxidative stress in check.
What is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidation is a normal and necessary process that takes place in your body. Oxygen is produced as a by-product in various chemical reactions within the body.
Oxidative stress, on the other hand, occurs when there’s an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. Since oxygen has a highly reactive nature, it combines easily with other elements in the body, leading to the creation of free radicals. Free radicals are also generated through external sources like environmental pollution, toxic metals, cigarette smoke, pesticides, etc.
Why is this a problem? When there are too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants, free radicals can start stealing particles from your DNA, and cause damage to your cells which speeds along the process of aging.
Similar to how paint protects metal from rusting or lemon juice protects apples from turning brown, cannabinoids protect our skin cells from oxidative stress. CBD helps visibly diminish wrinkles by counteracting damage caused by free radicals—and there are studies to prove it. Research indicates that CBD is an extremely potent antioxidant, more powerful than even vitamin C and E. Furthermore, in 2003, the U.S. Government published a patent entitled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”, stating that cannabinoids are useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation-associated diseases.
So, what does that mean for maintaining healthy, glowing skin? Unlike ingredients that have captivated the beauty world only to come up short, CBD is the scientifically-backed super antioxidant here to stay.