A winter chill brings with it frosty winds, damp air, and an indoor dryness from increased central hearing. As the environment changes, our skin and hair quality does too. In fact, during winter, our blood vessels shrink in order to try and preserve heat, but this also stops nutrients and oxygen reaching the skin. The consequence is that our skin can look and feel more irritated, flakey, and generally unhappy.
Many skincare products exist out there - too many to try. But there has in recent years been an increased interest in CBD for skincare.
Common Skin Problems in Winter
Winter weather does two things to our skin. Firstly, it can create new problems that didn't exist in the summer months such as sudden dryness and chapped lips. Secondly, it can worsen pre-existing skin problems like eczema, hives and psoriasis.
Primarily this happens because the air is dryer and your body moisture depletes. Lips are particularly susceptible to this because of the thin membrane that covers that area. And the more you lick your lips to reduce dryness, the more sore and chapped they get.
Chilblains are also common in winter. Around 1 in 10 people get chilblains, with the symptoms being very sore blister-like bumps normally on hands and feet. These do disappear on their own but can be very uncomfortable for the 7-14 days they appear for.
Finally, a common skin problem in winter is cold sores. But this is less to do with the cold weather and more to do with the way our immune systems work in the winter. During these months, we tend to get more coughs and colds, and generally feel more run down. When our immunity is low, we are more susceptible to cold sores (little blisters that can appear in the corner of your mouth). The cold sores are caused by a normally-dormant virus called HSV-1.
Why Does CBD Work?
As already mentioned, there is no shortage in skincare options out there. Body scrubs, shampoos, cuticle creams, balms, lotions - this market is saturated. But CBD is a natural, healthy and evidence-based compound that can make all the difference to your skincare routine.
The human body contains a complex network of neurotransmitters. But we also have something called an endocannabinoid receptor system (ECS) which has cannabinoid receptors within it. These receptors bind with CBD and create a healing effect to that area of the body. Evidence so far has shown that receptors in the skin can aid CBD in its therapeutic effects against common skin complaints.
What Can CBD Help With?
When it comes to your skin in the dry winter months, CBD can help with the following:
- Burning / stinging
- Chapped lips
- Cold sores
What Types of CBD Skincare Are There?
CBD has come a long way in the last decade and can now be delivered in a variety of ways. Innovative brands are bringing CBD into everyday households in the form of bath bombs, lip balms, shampoos, moisturisers and much more. Here are some of our favourites:
CBD For Your Lips
Sensi Skin Sugar Lip Scrub - A lip scrub can help to remove dead skin from your lips caused by chapping, giving you a smooth finish. It will also polish your lips so that you can apply lipstick or lip liner and get a first class effect. This lip scrub contains 100mg CBD and is 100% vegan and cruelty free.
CBD For Burning Skin
Sensi Skin Cooling Gel - Cooling gel can be ideal for irritated, sore, hot skin. If you have chilblains this could be particularly effective if they feel like they are burning. This product contains 100mg CBD.
CBD For Sore Skin
Beemine Recovery Balm - If your skin is irritated, dry, sore or blistered, recovery balm can help. Just rub it into the affected area and let the 200mg of CBD work its magic.
CBD For Large Areas of Skin
Body and Mind Botanicals Bath Bomb - If your whole body feels achey, or you're noticing large problems areas, a bath bomb could be the answer. Immerse yourself in 100mg of CBD and let it work across your arms, legs and everywhere else as you relax completely.
CBD For Your Face
Mission C Vitamin E and CBD Facial Oil - This facial oil has a high dose of CBD in it (600mg) as well as vitamin E which is also proven to enhance your skin's elasticity and glow.
CBD For Tattoos
Plantinum CBD Tattoo Gel - Anyone with a tattoo knows how much the weather can impact it. Tattoos irritated by its surroundings can become raised, painful and bumpy. This CBD tattoo gel can sooth an agitated tattoo in winter.
CBD For Hands
Marley CBD Hand Cream - Keep your hands nourished and moisturised in the cold weather with this gorgeous hand cream. Thick, creamy and delightful, you can carry this around with you all day and top up when needed.
CBD For Scalp
Green Apron CBD Charcoal Shampoo - Not only does this shampoo provide the antioxidant effect of charcoal, but adds 100mg of CBD to sooth scalp conditions and keep flakes away. Many people suffer scalp problems in the winter due to the air quality changes and this shampoo can help keep the effects away.
Add CBD Skincare To Your Inventory
If you are selling CBD, it's good to remember how the climate and temperature can affect what people need, and what they want to buy. If the weather is getting colder, you can fill out your inventory with high quality CBD skincare products to ensure your customers have well hydrated, moisturised, happy skin this season.
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